Christ Church Link is an outreach ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia, Maryland,founded in 1996.
These pages offer an overview of Christ Church Link's work to aid our most vulnerable neighbors. Our special focus is on children, families and seniors, but we serve all Howard County residents regardless of faith, race, nationality, age or gender.
CCLink's outreach projects include:
Phone volunteers guide callers with emergency needs to sources of aid for:
Eviction/Foreclosures - Utility Turnoffs - Food - Shelter/Housing Clothing - Jobs - Transportation - Foreign-Born Issues - more
CCLink differs from other I&R services. Our volunteers not only provide resource phone numbers, agency schedules/requirements and advice on seeking aid, they also follow-up with callers to see if they've gotten help. In crisis situations, advocacy support may also be offered.
CCLink identifies county residents' unmet needs via the crisis helpline, then develops and nurtures community-based solutions, for example:
Prepare for Success: CCLink founded and, from 2000 to 2009, coordinated this county-wide, award-winning partnership that has now equipped over 23,000 Howard County Public School System students from low-income families with backpacks filled with essential school supplies. CCLink & Christ Episcopal Church remain active partners in the PFS program.
Alianza de la Comunidad: CCLink helped launch this Hispanic community support center to advocate for and ensure access to services for Spanish-speaking county residents. Emphasis on: health care, parenting and other core issues.
HELP (Howard Emergency Lifeline Phone project): CCLink identified that numerous residents were unable to get aid for crisis situations, e.g., evictions and utility turnoffs, for lack of a phone or airtime for their cell phones. These resources were obtained and made available via human service agencies. **Now free/discounted phone service listings can be found on the Emergency Resource page of this site, under Miscellaneous Resources.
Our Brothers' Keepers: Our latest project, launched in October 2010, is a semi-annual gathering of county faith groups, human service agencies and nonprofits, to brainstorm how we can work together more effectively to help our neighbors in crisis.
CCLink coordinates the collection and distribution of Christmas gifts and clothing for nearly 200 children from low-income families each year. These items are donated by Christ Church parishioners, as well as other families and businesses in the area.
CCLink also plays an active role in the community:
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