For many years, United Methodist Women (UMW) in the Baltimore-Washington Conference have sponsored local area ministries that make life better for women, children and youth. These projects minister to the needs of women and children in Washington, DC, the state of Maryland and the pan-handle of West Virginia. Lives have been transformed because of donations from the Local UMW Units. The Local Unit's support is needed and much appreciated and is encouraged to visit the projects by making arrangements with the contact person listed below.

BALTIMORE PARISH WORK, Baltimore City: Provides a unique opportunity through financial aid to enhance day camps and summer enrichment programs for youth and provide support to feeding programs, such as Manna House and Jacob's Well.

Contact: Barbara Daniel, President 410.922.1235

EPWORTH HOUSE MISSION PROJECT, Washington, DC: Provides yearly support to a selected female from overseas at Wesley Theological Seminary. The student serves as a missionary-in-residence and promotes a sharing experience between the UMW and the women overseas.

Contact: Zilpha Pinkney 301.868.8324

FAMILY CRISIS RESOURCE CENTER, INC., Cumberland, MD: Provides shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault/abuse through intervention and prevention.

Contact: Taness Cline 301.759.9246

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MONTGOMERY AVENUE WOMEN'S CENTER, Rockville, MD: Provides support services to women faced with the challenge of being homeless. The Center seeks to provide the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, plus friendly companionship and support.

Contact: Audra Cannon 301.984.7765

SCHOLARSHIP FUND, Baltimore-Washington Conference: Provides financial assistance for undergraduate students who are members of churches within the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Applications are due yearly in mid-June.

Contact: Linda Yost 410.239.0429

SHENANDOAH WOMEN'S CENTER, INC., Eastern Panhandle, WV: Provides counseling and shelter for sexually assaulted and abused women and children in the Tri-County West Virginia area.

Contact: Ann K. D. Smith 304.263.8522

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SHEPHERD'S STAFF, Westminster, MD: Provides emergency services to children, adults, families, seniors and homeless in a spirit of compassion and respect. A few of the services are financial assistance, medical necessities, food, and clothing.

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Contact: Kathryn Brown 410.857.5944

SUSANNA WESLEY HOUSE, Baltimore, MD: Provides group living in a home-life setting to nine women with a modest income and their children. The women are provided schooling, job training, and counseling.

Contact: Colleen Cates 410.488.5369

YWCA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELING, Anne Arundel County: Provides individual and family counseling, computer training, parenting education, mentoring, after-school programs for at-risk children, and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Contact: Molly Knipe, Executive Director or Barbara Taylor, Director of Programs 410.626.7800

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