Howard County is creating a model of collaboration for the delivery of human services. The New Howard County Nonprofit Center has opened at Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. My post about the plans for the Center is here. The offices will soon be part of a larger Community Resources Campus when several Howard County government offices move to adjacent buildings.
The Campus will be a one-stop shop for folks in need of assistance. It is centrally located at Broken Land and Snowden River Parkways, and is on several RTA bus routes.
Proximity can serve to enlarge the world view among participants and foster innovation, for the benefit of the organizations and the clients. It requires the commitment of the agencies to make it happen, and our encouragement.
Nonprofit center model comes to Columbia
by Fatimah Waseem (Columbia Flier), April 28, 2017
A vision floated more than two decades ago to bring local nonprofit organizations and human service agencies under one roof is materializing in a small corporate park in Columbia.
A dozen local agencies and organizations have moved into the nonprofit center at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, which will serve as their headquarters and as a Continue reading Human Services delivery in Howard County now enhanced with new Nonprofit Center
The neighbors on our cul-de-sac in Clary’s Bright Passage, Hickory Ridge, Columbia, Md. are hosting an ice cream social for National Night Out (NNO) on August 2nd. The block party will be great fun, and serve to strengthen our neighborhood with more connections among neighbors.
Howard County Police will also be participating, a great example of community policing (“to protect and serve”). In light of the recent shootings of Cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge, it’s important we thank our First Responders, that they truly get how grateful we are for their protection.
And we need to do our part to establish partnership. Citizens will feel safer, and it makes it more likely a Cop will hear when he or she has screwed up.
There are over twenty other community-hosted parties being organized throughout Howard County. Click here for the local event near you:
https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=krlYimQqESM%3d&portalid=0 Continue reading National Night Out in HoCoMD Builds Community Partnership
Howard County, Md. recently broke ground on a new facility for homeless persons, the Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center. It will house the existing Day Resource Center, include 35 apartments, and is based on an increasingly popular model for addressing homelessness called “Housing First.” Here is a primer on the new center and the challenge of homelessness in Howard County, Md.
[This information has been updated with a new HoCoMDcc post, “Assistance to homeless persons enhanced by opening of community resource center“, October 6, 2017]
Continue reading Howard County’s Latest Effort to End Homelessness
Howard County has budgeted to create a nonprofit center in Columbia in 2017. The basic model is a physical facility that accommodates several nonprofit organizations in order to share resources and provide better service to the community. As a leader several years ago on the board of the Association of Community Services, I was a strong advocate for making this happen.
In Maryland, Baltimore City, Carroll County, and Montgomery County have nonprofit centers. “Thriving communities, better social services for more people, new civic infrastructure, and successful models for public and private partnerships are just some of the benefits when nonprofit organizations co-locate and share resources,” according to the Nonprofit Centers Network. Continue reading Coming Soon: Howard County Consolidated Human Services Center