About Meeting Ground

Since 1981, Meeting Ground has provided a faith-based response to the needs of homeless people in Maryland and Delaware.

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness will find a temporary "safe haven" where they can regroup and put their lives in order with the help and support of a caring community which is rooted in Christian values. Please click here to download a printer-friendly flyer about Meeting Ground. 

Our work includes:
  • Emergency and transitional housing programs for families and single adults
  • Shelter diversion, rapid re-housing, long term permanent supportive housing
  • Serving meals and emergency food
  • Helping individuals and families transition from being homeless
  • Providing education, advocacy, and resources

Elkton, MD

  • Wayfarers' House
  • Settlement House
  • George Porter House
  • Mary Randall Center
  • Rotating Winter Shelter

Our Accomplishments

Each year we publish an annual report that summarizes our accomplishments and activities for the previous year. Download the 2011 Annual Report

Some of our accomplishments for 2011:

  • Over 300 people received housing through our emergency and transitional shelters
  • Provided 26,000 bed nights of service to persons experiencing homelessness
  • Distributed 2,428 bags of food from food closets to feed hungry Maryland families.
  • Hosted over 200 people who came to Meeting Ground as part of mission groups from churches or schools.

Our Partnerships

Meeting Ground community has taken significant leadership in helping to gather partnerships to begin new programs.

We work with individuals from churches and faith communities of many denominations. Among these partnerships are:

  • Friendship House
  • BorderLinks
  • Elkton Community Kitchen

Download Meeting Ground's Audit for 2011.

    Mission Statement

    We, the community of Meeting Ground, are a people of faith, hope and love. Our mission is to help meet basic human needs and to address the root problems that perpetuate the cycle of poverty and homelessness. We bring together homeless and non-homeless persons in a context of shared life and work by providing hospitality, shelter, food and education. We strive to live with compassion, respect, affirmation and advocacy. In the light of the loving community of God's grace, we invite all to participate fully regardless of needs, differences or gifts. At Meeting Ground, in humility, 'we all sit at the same table' in ministry one to another, each seeking to discover one's own identity.

    Join Us in Welcoming Our New Executive Director

    Meeting Ground, the 32-year-old ministry with people experiencing homelessness, announced today the appointment of Dr. Patricia N. Marks as their new Executive Director.  Dr. Marks began work in her new role on April 15, 2013.

    A Deaconess consecrated by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Marks is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. While in seminary she received their first Certificate in Urban Ministry for her work on issues of social justice. Dr. Marks also holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Early Childhood Education.

    “With over three decades of experience working in non-profit leadership positions, Dr. Marks brings to Meeting Ground a wonderfully unique mix of secular and sacred skills that we were seeking,” said Cathy Skelley, the Chair of the Meeting Ground Board of Directors. “She has a ‘people first’ style of ministry and we are thankful that God has brought us together. We are thrilled that she has accepted our call, and we are looking forward to her leadership and guidance on issues of homelessness and poverty.”

    In accepting the position, Dr. Marks stated that she is excited about her transition into the Elkton/Cecil County community which she first learned about as a member of Leadership Maryland.  As a person committed to cooperation and collaboration, she is looking forward to engaging individuals, the business community, service providers, and congregations in the work of Meeting Ground.    

    Board of Directors
    • Terri Lokey (President)
    • Ralph Lewis (Vice President)
    • Sue Weissinger (Secretary)
    • Mae Alfree
    • Don Biederman
    • Carolyn Crouch
    • Elizabeth Fry Powell
    • Deborah Pro-Marshall
    • Randy Sheaffer
    • Marijke van Buchem
    • Michelle Wheeler

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