Community Outreach

Be the face of Christ over these next few weeks to those battling isolation or other difficulties caused by efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Help us tend to the needs of our community. Church in Action volunteers can serve in a variety of ways; check-in calls to individuals, drop off household items or meet other needs that arise. Church in Action Volunteers will help St. Joseph’s Care and Community Outreach Team make sure everyone in our community is safe over these next few weeks.

Prayer Ministry

We want to help. We invite you to submit your prayer request. Our prayer teams will pray with you and your loved ones.

I would like to join the prayer team.

Information, Needs, Resources, and Services 

Below is information on COVID-19, phone numbers for resources and support, places in need of donations, shopping alternatives, information for older adults, food distribution and resources, housing, utilities, health insurance, and mental health and spiritual care. 

COVID-19 Information 

Baltimore County Department of COVID-19 Hotline 410-887-3816 
The hotline is open seven days a week, 8:30 am–5 pm. 

Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Your healthcare provider will be able to offer medical advice. (What to Do if You are Sick, CDC, 3/16/2020) 

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency or develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. 

Emergency warning signs include*: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. If you have or think you might have COVID-19, notify the operator and put on a facemask if possible.  

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

The Center for Disease Control 
The CDC provides guidelines, resources, and other information regarding COVID-19. 

Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 
Visit this site for updates, background, prevention, high risk, guidance, preparedness, and FAQ regarding COVID-19 in Maryland.

The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 Response 
Visit this site for the latest state-wide updates from Governor Hogan. 

Baltimore County COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance
Find status information for County operations and services.

Baltimore County: COVID-19 Resource Guide 
Find County resources to help residents and businesses during this difficult time. 

COVID-19 FAQs (Updated March 20, 2020) 

COVID-19 FAQ About Testing (Updated March 20, 2020) 

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This resource will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family — both physically and emotionally — and what you can do to help your family cope.

Phone Numbers for Resources and Support

2-1-1 
2-1-1 is a free, quick, and easy way to find information and get referrals for programs and services across Maryland. A trusted and caring call specialist is there to answer the helpline 24/7, available in 180 languages, and completely confidential. Dial 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected. If you need immediate assistance, there are resources for finding food, paying housing bills, accessing childcare, or other essential services.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741 
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.

Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990 or Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Donations Needed 

In light of Governor Hogan’s Stay-Home Order, we will no longer be facilitating collections at St. Joseph during this time. We encourage you to support our partners through monetary or direct in-kind donations.

Red Cross 
There is a severe blood shortage, donors are urgently needed. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Make an appointment online or by calling 410-624-2000.

The Cockeysville Police Precinct 7 
Precinct 7 is asking for donations of cleaning supplies (e.g. paper towels, wipes, bleach, disinfectant cleaners, hand sanitizer, etc.) to disinfect the police cars and the precinct.  Help keep the precinct as clean as possible so that we can make sure the officers stay healthy. Donations can be dropped off directly to Precinct 7 at 111 Wight Avenue, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030.

Catholic Charities: Our Daily Bread Employment Center and My Sister’s Place Women’s Center
Catholic Charities continues to operate essential services in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations and CDC guidelines. Our Daily Bread and My Sister’s Place Women’s Center are in need of casseroles, PB & J sandwiches, in-kind, and monetary donations. 

We encourage you to continue supporting the needed services offered by CC programs by donating directly to their program sites. You may place orders online and have items delivered directly to the CC program site, or deliver PB & J sandwiches, frozen homemade casseroles, and Stouffer’s Family Size Macaroni and Cheese casseroles to ODB or MSPWC directly.

Click here for the St. Joseph Spaghetti and Meat Casserole recipe.

Support Catholic Charities through in-kind and monetary donations here.

Our Daily Bread
Donations accepted daily, 8 am – 3 pm, 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202
Drop-off at the rear delivery entrance at the back of the building in the parking lot. Push the button at the gated entrance and ODB will let you in. Drive up to the delivery door on the left. Push the button at the door for assistance to unload.

My Sister’s Place Women’s Center
Donations accepted Monday–Friday, 1–4 pm
Weekend by appointment only; Contact, jmartin@cc-md.org
411 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

St. Joseph Pantry Collection: The Franciscan Center
The Franciscan Center continues to operate essential services to meet the needs of those in Baltimore City. In lieu of our regular monthly Pantry Collection, we encourage you to donate directly to The Franciscan Center by making a monetary donation, donating by ordering items off their Amazon Wishlist, or placing orders online and having items delivered directly to The Franciscan Center.
Needed items: Bottle Water, Paper Pantry Bags, To Go Food Boxes, To Go Soup Containers with Lids, Adult Diapers, Baby Diapers.
Contact Jeff Griffin 443-904-0159 or JGriffin@fcbmore.org
101 W 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Amazon Wishlist

Monetary Donation

St. Vincent De Paul of Baltimore: Sarah’s Hope
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore continues to operate essential services at housing program sites including Sarah’s Hope, provide remote case management, and has partnered with Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County to distribute emergency meals. We encourage you to continue supporting the needed services offered through St. Vincent de Paul by ordering donations online through the Amazon Wishlist or monetary donation.

Amazon Wishlist

Monetary Donation

Support Baltimore’s Healthcare Workers and Restaurants 
In partnership with Johns Hopkins, this fundraiser will provide meals to healthcare workers on the frontlines by purchasing gift cards to local establishments. This fundraiser aims to thank those that are working around the clock to keep us safe and healthy and help keep our local restaurant economy going through this difficult time. 100% of donated funds will be used to purchase gift cards for healthcare workers.

Shopping Alternatives  

The CDC advises everyone to avoid unnecessary errands and to consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks.

Dedicated Shopping Hours

Dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens 60-and-older and individuals with compromised immune systems to shop and practice social distancing.

Giant 6–7 am, seven days a week 
Target 8–9 am, Wednesdays
Walmart 6–7 am, Tuesdays 
Whole Foods 7–8 am, seven days a week, 60+ only 

Prescriptions

CVS Pharmacy 
CVS Pharmacy is waiving charges for home delivery of prescription medications, to help patients avoid visiting their local CVS Pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.

Walgreens
Walgreens is waiving delivery fees for all eligible prescriptions and orders placed online. 

Shop Online

Consider using websites like Amazon, Target, or Walmart  to place orders online for basic items like paper towels, dish soap, toilet paper, toiletries and having them delivered to you. 

Alternatives to Shopping in Person 

Giant Delivery Order online and have groceries delivered by Peapod. 
Giant Curbside Pickup Order online, park at Giant, and an associate will bring your order to your car.
Target Order Pick Up Order online and pick up your order at the customer service desk. 
Target Drive Up Order online, park at Target, and an associate will bring your order to your car. 
Safeway Order online and choose pickup or delivery.  
Wegmans Meals 2GO: We’re offering meals through our Wegmans Meals 2GO app at select stores. You can request No-Contact Delivery by DoorDash under the Delivery Instructions when you place your order in the app. 
Available Restaurant Services: BaltCo To-Go
Search for restaurants that now offer delivery or drive-through. 
Instacart 
Use Instacart to place orders for delivery or pickup from stores like Aldi, CVS, Giant, Graul’s, Petco, Safeway, ShopRite, Shoppers, Sprouts, Target, The Fresh Market, Wegmans. How Instacart works.
Shipit
Use Shipit to place orders for delivery from stores like CVS, Office Depot, Petco, Safeway, Safeway, Target, Weis. 
Order a Meal
Order meals from local restaurants for delivery or pickup by calling them directly or placing an order through DoorDash, GrubHub, or UberEats (offering free delivery).  

Seniors 

Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Older Adults Updated March 20, 2020

Baltimore County Senior Centers 
Senior Centers in Baltimore County will be *CLOSED* to the public until further notice. County officials encourage individuals to coordinate with senior center staff to ensure they are prepared for the closure.

Contact Cockeyveille Senior Center 410-887-7694 Monday – Friday 8:30 am–4 pm or info@cockeysvilleseniorcenter.com

Maryland Access Point 410-887-2594.
MAP provides individual, person-centered counseling to consumers seeking information, referral, and program support for long term services.

Answers for the Aging 667-600-2100
Answers for the Aging is a free telephone-based information and referral service for questions about services for older adults, their families, friends, and caregivers. Call Monday – Friday 9 am–4 pm. 

Food  

Baltimore County Schools Provide Three Meals Monday – Friday 
BCPS is providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner to students aged 18 and younger through March 27. Grab and Go meals from the BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be available Mon. – Fri., 11 am–1 pm on the parking lots of Padonia Elementary School (9834 Greenside Dr, Cockeysville, MD 21030), Dulaney High School (255 E Padonia Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093), and Saddle Brooke Apartments (307 Foxfire Place, Cockeysville, MD 21030). Students must be present to receive meals. 

(Click here for the complete list of schools distributing meals.) 

Cockeysville PAL Center Offering Limited Meals Monday – Friday 
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering free takeaway meals for youth 18 and under Mon.–Fri., 11 am–1 pm  There are a limited number of meals available and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following locations: Cockeysville PAL Center (9836 Greenside Dr.), Dundalk PAL Center, Mars Estates PAL Center, Shady Spring PAL Center, Hillendale PAL Center, Scotts Branch PAL Center, Winfield PAL Center, Woodmoor PAL Center, Arbutus Community Center.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers will also distribute grocery items Mon. – Fri., 4 – 6 pm and produce Sat. 11 am – 1 pm.

Cockeysville Food Pantry 410-472-3379
Provides a three-day supply of non-perishable food on an emergency basis. Call and leave your name and phone number. You will be called back to schedule delivery. 

Agape Christian Church Food Pantry 410-252-4255 option 2
Agape Food Pantry is operating on a modified schedule. Food distribution will take place on the third Saturday of the month 11 am–1:30 pm. Please stay in your car. A volunteer will assist you. 

Assistance Center of Towson Churches 
Only food distribution will be offered. No financial assistance or other services can be provided. ACTC will serve only the homeless and those already registered for services or referred by a partner church. ACTC will reduce operating hours: Monday – Friday 10 am–2 pm.

Housing 

Prohibition on Evictions
Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19—for example, because of lost or reduced unemployment, or needing to care for a school-aged child—or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19. 

United Churches Assistance Network 
UCAN is *CLOSED* until further notice.

Assistance Center of Towson Churches 
Only food distribution will be offered. No financial assistance or other services can be provided.
The center will serve only the homeless and those already registered for services or referred by a partner church. The center will reduce operating hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–2 pm.

Utilities 

Prohibition on Utility Shutoffs
Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service or charging any residential late fees. 

BGE Waiving New Late Payment Fees 
BGE is waiving new late payment fees for customers through at least May 1. Customers who may be challenged in paying their bill should contact BGE Customer Care at 1-800-685-0123.   

Comcast Disconnections Suspended
In addition to suspending disconnections of service, Comcast Xfinity is dropping late fees March 13–May 13 if customers contact customer service, making WiFi hotspots free for everyone to access, making Internet Essentials free for new customers, and pausing their data plan, giving all customers unlimited data with no charge for 60 days.

Health Insurance

Maryland Health Connection Emergency Special Enrollment Period
The Maryland Health Connection started a new Special Enrollment Period open to uninsured Marylanders who need health coverage during the State of Emergency for Coronavirus (COVID-19) declared by Governor Larry Hogan.

Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741 
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information.

Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990 or Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Chat with a Chaplain
Are you in spiritual distress as you cope with the many issues surrounding the coronavirus? Connect with a professional chaplain, free of charge, who will listen and offer spiritual care and support. You can connect by email, phone or video call. Once you complete the request, a skilled chaplain will be in touch with you as soon as possible.   

Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Maintaining Mental Health

Talking to Children About Coronavirus
The Children’s Mental Health Matters! The campaign has put together a resource on how to talk to your child about the coronavirus.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With COVID-19
This resource will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family—both physically and emotionally—and what you can do to help your family cope.

NAMI Family Support Group 
Thursday, 7 – 8:30 pm
This group is open to any family member or caregiver whose loved one lives with a mental health condition.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Saturday, 10:30 am – 12 noon 
This group is open to any adult (18+) who lives with a mental health condition.

Baltimore County Crisis Response 410-931-2214 
Provides 24-hour support, crisis intervention, and referrals to behavioral health support to Baltimore County residents.

Baltimore City Crisis Information and Referral Line 410-433-5175 
Provides 24-hour support, crisis intervention, and referrals to behavioral health support to Baltimore City residents.

Spiritual Care

St. Joseph Virtual Church 
Visit our Virtual Church for Mass, Daily Reflections, Stations of the Cross, and other opportunities to pray together as the St. Joseph community! 

Livestream Eucharistic Adoration 

Prayer for a Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that you are truly present
in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things
and I desire to possess you within my soul.
Since I am unable at this moment
to receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as being already there,
and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen. 

Magnificat 

Divine Office 

3 Minute Retreat 

Pray More Novenas 

Loyola Press: Prayer 

USCCB: Prayers and Devotions 

Catholic Relief Services: Prayers 

Virtual Social Connections 

Google Hangouts 
Hangouts can be used for messaging, video calls, and voice calls. Available as an app and a Google Chrome Extension

Facetime
A feature of iPhones, Facetime allows video calls to other iPhones, iPads, and Macs. 

Zoom 
Zoom can be used for video calls for large groups.  

Skype 
Skype can be used for video calls, phone calls, or conference calls. It is available as an app and through your web browser. 

Facebook 
Facebook Messenger allows groups to text and video call. 
Facebook Watch Party allows a host to pick out a queue of Facebook videos, invite friends, video chat, and comment on the videos together.

Netflix Parties 
Available through Chrome, Netflix Parities allows groups to chat and comment while watching the same show or movie together. 

Houseparty 
Houseparty is a video group chat app for smartphones. Houseparty also allows you to play interactive games and share your screen