Assistance Center of Towson Churches



GENERAL BOARD MEETINGS ... for churches representatives, volunteers and pastors take place twice a year, an evening meeting in the spring and a noon meeting in the fall. The next meeting has been slated for Tuesday, October 10 at noon.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT ... Spring Matching Gift Challenge: Through May 31, 2017
Rise to the challenge by making a donation to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches now and your gift will be matched up to $35,000, dollar for dollar, by a group of generous ACTC sponsors. Your actions will double the difference your support can make for the less fortunate living in your community, with limited or no resources, who struggle to buy food, pay the rent or utility bills, purchase medicine or obtain transportation to see a doctor.

     Contributions such as yours enable ACTC to continue its 32-year-old mission of uplifting lives by "reaching out to those in need with God's love and provision" through giving food financial aid and other emergency services. To make a donation: call 410-296-4855; mail a check to ACTC, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, MD 21204 with the notation Challenge; or donate electronically via the Donate button on our Welcome page.

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     This is ACTC's major fundraiser for the year. We hope you will take great pride in knowing the important difference that your gift makes.

CHANGING HANDS ... ACTC had to hire a new executive director when Cathy Burgess, shown right, its compassionate and steadfast director for 17 years, decided to pass her stewardship mantle on to someone else. Cathy's steadfast commitment to ACTC's mission since October 2000 has impacted the lives of families, individuals and the homeless by the thousands.
 Effective April 1, Linda Lotz became ACTC's new director. She has worked for the past year as Cathy's executive assistant and is an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church. Linda has already demonstrated her knack for leadership and caring by planning to extend ACTC's hours on Wednesdays until 6 p.m., beginning in June 1, to accommodate people in crisis who can't take time off from work, and by launching ACTC's Spring Matching Gift Challenge.
Cathy says, "Linda is joyful, prayerful and committed to the task of bringing ACTC to a new level of service that will offer more resources to our clients and provide more opportunities for our churches to be connected with people in our community who are in need."
We are glad to know that Cathy, loved and respected by all whose lives she has touched, has elected to remain on the staff working two days a week as ACTC's new position of Outreach Director. ACTC will remain in good hands.

THANK YOU HARRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG FOUNDATION ... ACTC has been honored by becoming the grateful recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Employee Giving Program, founded 10 years ago to reward Maryland nonprofits that have met the foundation's mission and guidelines. David Gilmore, managing director of investments for the foundation and a member of Hunt Valley Church, nominated ACTC "to support the general operations of this organization that provides emergency assistance and basic services for residents." He presented the $20,000 check, along with a crystal award, to our executive director Cathy Burgess at a luncheon celebration on September 27. David chose to support our work with this gift after participating in his church's food drive for ACTC.
Linda Lotz, ACTC's executive assistant, attended the special occasion and felt very uplifted to hear about the inspiring, wonderful good work being done around our area by the 24 other organizations that were this year's grant recipients. Shown in the photo posing after the presentation are David, Cathy and Linda.

Hailed a success, the annual"Back-to-School" event presented by ACTC and Valley Baptist Church in August
almost doubled the number of families and students it helped before by giving
them free access to supplies needed to be prepared for the new school year. This included 118 young people and 62 families, plus distribution of the excess to Baltimore County Public Schools and one city school. ACTC thanks all of the churches and community members for their generous donations and all of you volunteers who made this event possible.


ACTC participates in the "Food for Thought" program. Every month volunteers fill 260 backpacks with nutritious food to give students in six schools who need supplemental food over the weekends. Our number is expanded by several churches that have adopted students and are supplying bags weekly to several schools.

ACTC has gratefully received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation for the purchase of 550 light weight, rugged polypropylene bins. They will replace heavy, cardboard bankers boxes now used by our senior volunteers to store and carry canned goods from two storage location to the center for distribution. The new tote bins cut the carry weight in half and will last for many years.

In accepting the check during a presentation in August at The UPS Foundation Timonium office, ACTC Executive Director Cathy Burgess said that ACTC was thrilled to have received this grant. "These bins will increase our efficiency,
lower our operating costs, reduce our environmental impact and promote worker safety."

Shown here at the presentation are ACTC board member Bob Hoyt, left, The UPS Foundation board member Dawntria Hudnall, ACTC Executive Director Cathy Burgess and The UPS Foundation board member Tom Ley.

The Dulaney Valley Woman’s Club ended its 59 year history of
service to the community, cultural achievements,    
charitable contributions and fellowship this May with a luncheon celebration. The club’s final act of generosity was the donation of a check for $2500 to ACTC shown in this presentation, including its treasurer Virginia Hook, treasurer (left), Cathy Burgess, ACTC executive director, and Carolyn Hottman, luncheon chairman.

ACTC WISH LIST: In addition to food, the Assistance Center tries to offer other necessity items to its clients whenever they visit the center. Donations of the following items that are often requested at the center would be gratefully appreciated. They can be dropped off at the Assistance Center, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., during its hours of 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cold Weather Needs
(Especially sizes for men and women)
Warm hats
Gloves or mittens
Hoodies and jackets

(Sample sizes acceptable)
Feminine hygiene products
Mouth wash
Toilet paper
Shaving cream
Hand sanitizers

Baby Items
Diapers - all stages
Baby food - all stages

Save your paper and plastic bags and drop them off too. ACTC often needs them for filling with food.

Members of the Legacy Gift Committee of the former St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, Timonium, presented ACTC with a sizable financial gift at a gathering on Thursday, April 10. ACTC was honored to be one of nine local religious and nonprofit organizations to receive a check from funds that resulted from the building's sale and merger of its congregation in November 2012 with Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lutherville. St. Timothy's goal was to enable the continuation of its long history of service and partnerships with numerous nonprofit organizations, such as ACTC.

Shown here are ACTC volunteers and members of the newly merged congregation of Grace Lutheran at the presentation. They are Marty Marvel, ACTC Board member (left front); Lewis Nash, Legacy Committee and charter member of St. Timothy's; Thelma Davis, Legacy Committee and charter member of St. Timothy's; Madeleine Bryant, Legacy Committee; Anita Grooms, Legacy Committee; Dain Davis, ACTC volunteer (left rear); Rev. Jason Burns, former pastor of St. Timothy's; Rev. Pat Payne, pastor, Grace English; Bill Phillips, Legacy Committee and president of newly merged congregation of Grace Lutheran; Cathy Burgess, executive director, ACTC; and David Grooms, Legacy Committee.

LISTING OF USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES:  Introducing here a categorized list with links to some useful resources pertaining to finances, food, health, jobs, legal matters, utilities and multiple connections.

ACTC HISTORY: Watch a video of ACTC from its beginnings to 2013.
ACTC RETROSPECTIVE FOR 2015: A video report

DSS CODE BLUE POLICY UPDATE: When outside temperatures register 32 degrees or below, two shelters operated by the Community Assistance Network (CAN) accept up to 15 homeless people who walk into the shelters without a DSS referral on a first-come, first-served basis from November 15 to April 15. Code Blue walk-ins are welcome to enter the shelter after 6 p.m. and they exit by 9 a.m. the next day. No more than 15 walk-ins are accepted in the shelters on a daily basis and registration is required. The shelters are open seven days a week.

The two shelters under CAN accepting homeless people under the Code Blue Policy are:

Eastside Family Emergency Shelter
9100 Franklin Square Drive (next to Franklin Square Hospital)
Rosedale, MD  21237
For single women, women with children, and intact families only. Code Blue people sleep on mats/cots and have access to showers, bathrooms, laundry facilities and meals. They need to register and go through a preliminary modified Intake Process. To register, Code Blue guests need some type of identification card (driver's license, Social Security card, birth certificate, marriage license or photo ID).

Westside Men's Shelter
55 Wade Avenue (off of Frederick Road)
Catonsville, MD  21228
For men only, Code Blue people sleep on mats/cots and have access to showers, bathroom, laundry facilities and meals. They need to register and go through a preliminary modified Intake Process. To register, Code Blue guests need some type of identification card (driver's license, Social Security card, birth certificate, marriage license or photo ID).

When outside temperatures register 32 degrees or below, a Code Blue center is available in Dundalk's Government Building, 1747 Merritt Boulevard. Walk-ins are welcome to enter by 7 p.m. and they exit by 7 a.m.

A Department of Social Services Baltimore Shelter Hotline is accessible during working hours by calling 410-853-3000 option 2. During nonworking hours and weekends, an emergency worker can be contacted by calling 410-583-9398.



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