Outreach News

New Neighbors Refugee Food Drive

Don't forget that it is our turn to bring in food to help keep the Food Pantry stocked that serves the vetted refugees who have been settled in our area. We will be collecting until the end of July.

The shopping list appears below. Thank you!

  • Basmati rice 

  • Pasta sauce (without meat)

  • Tomato sauce

  • Dried pasta

  • Dried fava beans

  • Black olives

  • Snacks for kids

  • Cooking oil

  • Olive oil

  • Sugar

  • Flour

  • Tea bags

  • Coffee

  • Powdered coffee creamer

  • Toilet paper

  • Laundry soap

  • Lysol/household cleaner

  • Ajax scouring powder

  • Dish washing liquid

  • Bath soap bars

  • Shampoo & conditioner

  • Baby shampoo

  • Toothpaste & tooth brushes

Back Packs and School Supplies

We are now collecting backpacks and school supplies to go to area children in need. This is a partnership with other Damascus Congregations through Faith Connections. There is a blue bin in the Narthex where supplies can be dropped off.

Damascus HELP

A non-profit organization in Damascus, is looking for additional volunteers.  We are hoping to find transportation drivers to take clients to doctors’ appointments and to social service appointments.  We are also in need of furniture delivery teams to deliver furniture from an individual donating directly to the client’s home.  This team would need to have access to a truck.  Both of these opportunities would be on an” as needed basis.”. Volunteers need to be over 18 as our insurance does not cover anyone younger.  Please contact Damascus HELP at dh20872@aol.com or call 301-253-4100 to get additional information or to volunteer.

Senior Housing Update - Development Review

We completed our Development Review Committee meeting with Montgomery County this week. Overall, the meeting went well - as expected there are a few minor design changes, mostly related to how the parking areas are laid out, that we need to complete prior to our Conditional Use and Variance Request hearing to take place later this year. The county wants us to reduce the height of some retaining walls that were in the design and we should be able to accomplish this with little problem. We also need to factor in the counties new Bike Path Master Plan, which will require us as part of any building/improvement on our property to install a bike path on the portion of our property that borders Ridge Road. The county agrees that the topography bordering ridge is challenging, so we will not have to meet the current standard that has been set, and the design team is awaiting details on how much of the existing shoulder we can use to comply with the new master plan. As soon as the hearing date is set, we will let you know!