On this week’s episode of Spotlight On Maryland, we spoke with Shannon Mouton, Executive Director of Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services. LARS is a non-profit organization that serves homeless and low-income families and individuals in Laurel, MD. Their service area includes parts of Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.
LARS was founded in 1897 by a group of community members and local congregation leaders to help those who came to their doors for food and financial help. Today, LARS is staffed and trained by social workers and continues to receive financial and volunteer support from its founding faith-based partner organizations. They offer Emergency Services such as financial assistance, a food pantry, and homeless services. There is also an emphasis on Permanent Supportive Housing and Self-Sufficiency. Beyond that, LARS does many other things to help their community. Right now you can help support LARS and their neighbors with a Back-To-School backpack and supply drive. Registration is also now open for their Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day!
The majority of people who are most in need of LARS’ services are people of color, and many of them don’t speak English. The most vulnerable people in our communities are in need of help, and LARS is doing tremendous work to help. Shannon highlighted some unique stories of people who are desperately trying to get their lives on track, but so many are facing hurdles that are making it nearly impossible to get a job or even housing.
Listen to the full interview to learn more about LARS and how you can make a difference. Donations are always accepted and volunteer opportunities can be found here.