Meeting Ground grew from the concept of “shelter” to the reality of “home” for people experiencing homelessness.
Our mission is to help meet basic human needs and to address the root problems that perpetuate the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Please remember that the homeless continue to have many needs during the summer months. The homeless come to the Mary Randall Center (401 North Street, Elkton) to have breakfast and take showers. We are in dire need of sugar, creamer, coffee, cereal, trash bags, hair conditioner, disposable razors, q-tips, tea/lemonade mix, men’s deodorant and feminine hygiene products. Your donations help us to help them. In addition to having coffee and taking showers, the homeless receive case management–referrals to community services, help with resume writing, job referrals and encouragement to move to self sufficiency.
This fundraiser for Meeting Ground developed out of an auction item at the “Taste of Meeting Ground”. Its popularity sparked the contributors to host a ticketed event for anyone who wants to join in the tasty fun! This is a multi-course meal of authentic Indonesian food to be held on Sunday, August 9th at 6:00pm. The suggested ticket donation is $35 and can be purchased by calling Seetha at 302-981-5841 or Marijke at 410-392-4836. Click here for more information.
Many of you are familiar with the faces within the homeless community, wonder how they are doing, and if they will find their way out of this bleak period of their lives called homelessness. Observing this firsthand during the Emergency Rotating Shelter (ERS) season, you may long to do even more. I wanted to share with you a possible opportunity to support someone through and out of homelessness by being a part of a unique model called Open Table which aims to do just that.
The idea is that we surround an individual with a team of caring and committed people such as yourself, to brainstorm with and on behalf of that person to steer him or her through and out of homelessness via various resources.
For a far better explanation of this Open Table concept, please see the link below to view a short video explaining how each church may be a huge part of the process of guiding someone to a place they call home — and as believers, in every sense of the word.
There is an exploratory meeting on Monday, June 29th at 7:00pm at the Mary Randall Center, 401 North Street in Elkton. Please attend if you’d like to know more about this program.
Meeting Ground will be hosting a fundraiser this week in the form of a Quarter Auction, which will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Moose Lodge 851 at 71 Cherry Hill Road in Elkton (at the corner of Cherry Hill Road and Rt. 213). The doors open at 6:00pm and the auction will begin at 7:00pm. Food and desserts will be available to purchase throughout the evening. Paddles are $3 or 2 for $5. Great door prizes!! Vendors will include Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Jamberry, ViVI, Origami Owl, This and That, Under Armour and Snack Baskets. If you’ve never been to a Quarter Auction, it’s great fun bidding on items with quarters!!
Thank you to everyone who supported our Taste of Meeting Ground fundraiser by either attending the wine tasting or donating auction items. We were able to raise more than $15,000 for our mission. A huge shout-out to those businesses who donated to our cause: Elk Forge B&B for donating their beautiful space to host the event, State Line Liquors for their choice of donated wines, and to the restaurants and catering services for their food donations: Bayard House, Daddy O’s, Hurricane’s Grill and Wings, Port Side Grill, Woody’s Crab House and Your Personal Chef Catering. We look forward to doing it again next year!
Meeting Ground’s Board of Directors is excited to announce that our 2nd annual Wine and Food Tasting Fundraiser on Friday, April 17th is SOLD OUT! We are looking forward to a fun time at the event at Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast Inn. State Line Liquors is providing the wine for tasting and restaurants including Daddy O’s, Hurricane’s Wings and Grill, Port House Grill, Woody’s Crab House and Bayard House are providing the food tastings. If you don’t have a ticket, we’ll catch you next year!
The Meeting Ground Board of Directors would like to invite you to an information session regarding the future of the George Porter House on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Mary Randall Center. (401 North Street, Elkton). We will discuss the history, mission and future of the property with respect to the mission of Meeting Ground. The Board of Directors has discussed the George Porter House over many months and would like to have all interested parties in attendance for an announcement about the future of this property. Board members will be on hand to present information and answer your questions.
Meeting Ground is being highlighted in a radio interview with Pat Marks, our executive director and a resident this Sunday, March 8th at 11:00 on WHGM 1330am on the Commerce in Cecil radio show. This is a new radio program sponsored by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce. Tune in to the program to hear more about Meeting Ground!
Meeting Ground would like to show our appreciation for all of our hard working volunteers. We will be having a get together just to say “thank-you” and to give everyone a chance to meet each other. Please mark your calendars and come join us for some fellowship, food, and fun!
Where: Mary Randall Center
When: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
More information contact Kris Lewman:
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