A group of staff members and volunteers standing outside the day center located at 514 Crain Hwy have their hands extended out in an all are welcome motion.

Our Mission

Arundel House of Hope is a non-profit ecumenical organization that provides emergency, transitional, and permanent affordable housing and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County

Our Vision

Our vision is to end homelessness in Anne Arundel County. We will serve people in a professional, dignified, supportive, and respectful manner until our vision is achieved

Prior staff members Karen and Yvette smiling with their heads together. Dedicated staff and volunteers provide assistance to homeless people all year long
Two black women standing in the community recovery center looking at a piece of paper. Other are filling out papers in the background. Arundel House of Hope connects people to resources and skill developement.

Our History

For more than 30 years, we’ve been dedicated to aiding individuals experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County. We started as a non-profit that offered emergency, temporary shelter to individuals during the winter months. Today we offer emergency shelter, transitional housing, permeant housing, and support services.

Phil Bailey and Jason Strcker. Jason has his arm around Phil's shoulders. Jason and Phil were both long time staff members at Arundel House of Hope
Former staff member Phil Bailey (left) and Jason Strecker (right). Phil came to a quick decision from the Winter Relief kick off meeting, that he would turn to volunteer work. He was a volunteer from that day in August 1992 to 2005 when he took a paid position with Arundel House of Hope as Winter Relief and Day Center Director. For over 30 years, Phil has served as a mentor to many in the homeless resource field.

Our Origin Story

Jason Strecker, a previous staff member and volunteer, has meticulously documented our early history and the enduring impact AHOH and our partners have had in the community while striving to eradicate homelessness. Below is a glimpse into how Arundel House of Hope was founded. Jason’s initial interview was with Phil Bailey, a Winter Relief volunteer since 1992, who later assumed the role of Program Director for the Day Center and Winter Relief program.

Except from an Interview with Phil Bailey

ÔÇťArundel House of Hope was originally known only as Winter Relief during the early and mid 1990s, with a group of a few local churches working together to shelter guests during the winter months. The church shelter ministry, known as “Winter Relief,” has seen staff and volunteers work to positively change the lives of guests.

A longtime parishioner of St. Christopher’s Church in Linthicum, Phil Bailey was in a meeting room of the church for a meeting that Reverend Olin Herndon of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church had called. The Pastor had told others the mission of the meeting was to “talk about homelessness.” After the meeting started, he apologized for bringing everyone there under false pretenses. He stated he did not ask them there to “talk about homelessness,” but to “do something about homelessness.”

From that meeting with a few local church members, the beginning of Winter Relief was born. Just a few months later, the Winter Relief rotating church shelter would start among participating Anne Arundel County churches. The Winter Relief first season was in the winter months of late 1992 and early 1993. At that time, it saw 12 churches shelter an average of nine men per night with an average of over 30 per season.”

Arundel House of Hope Timeline

Winter 1992

Cots with sleeping bags line a church. Church host Winter Relief

Winter Relief begins.

Winter Relief started with 12 churches of different faith traditions sheltering approximately 8 to 12 men each week.

April 2001

A sign that says Welcome to the Fouse Center, 6401 Ritchie Hwy, Arundel House of Hope

The Fouse Center opens.

The Fouse Center opens. It is the first transitional housing program for homeless men in Anne Arundel County.

2004

A small pale yellow house with a large green yard. We have many homes throughout Anne Arundel county and Glen Burnie, Md

Community Housing program is created.

Arundel House of Hope established a permanent housing program for the people experiencing homeless and disabled in Anne Arundel County.

2004-2005

A wooden door with a doorhandle.

Additional Community Housing homes are added.

Arundel House of Hope opens two additional permanent houses.

June 2006

Two place women standing in the community recovery center looking at a piece of paper. People in the background are filling out forms

The Resource and Day Center opens.

The center is opened in Glen Burnie, offering assistance to people who are unsheltered.

December 2006

A curved window with a view of green trees in the background.

Safe Haven is created

Safe Haven I opens, providing permanent supportive housing for five men with disabilities who were formally chronically homeless.

2007

A young black man standing in front on a food truck that says The Doughy Dog. Hot Dogs, Doughnuts, and More. The food truck has a large picture of a hot dog. The young man has a cap and is clasping his hands in front of him.

The Doughy Dog mobile gourmet hot dog business opens.

A social enterprise training business- The Doughy Dog is opened. The mobile gourmet hot dog business offered employment for individuals experiencing homelessness in a number of positions from customer service to management.

2008

A small brown house located in the Glen Burnie and Brookly Park area. The house is well kept and maintained.

Women in Safe Haven (WISH) opens.

WISH I opens, providing permanent supportive housing for women with disabilities who were formally chronically homeless.

Spring 2009

A large two story single family home with a garage located near Severna Park. Permeant supportive housing provides clients with long term support and stability

Safe Haven opens an additional house.

Safe Have II opens, providing additional permanent supportive housing for formally chronically homeless men.

Fall 2011

The Arundel House of Hope Medical Clinic logo. An outline of a house with a medical symbol inside. Around the house there are orange rays of light. It says House of Hope Medical clinic.

Free Medical Clinic opens.

The Arundel House of Hope opens the first independently standing (not hospital affiliated) completely free medical clinic in Anne Arundel County. The clinic closes in 2020 due to improved health care options.

November 2011

The Patriot house is yellow and large. There is a flag pole displaying the flag in front of the house.

The Patriot House opens.

The Patriot House, the first program for homeless veterans in Anne Arundel County, opens.

2013

 A large group of young people are standing in front of a table with big smiles. The group has black, white, and Asian people in it. Volunteers help us meet our mission to end homelessness

The Community Recovery Center opens.

The Community Recovery Center (CRC) opens, offering activities and services to better equip individuals with the tools and resources necessary to restore their lives after suffering from a variety of challenges, especially substance use disorder.

2014

A stack of books. Arundel House of Hope has helped people improve their literacy skills. Improved literacy skills helps people increase their self sufficiency and stability.

Sylvia Meisenberg Literacy Program begins.

Sylvia Meisenberg Literacy Program opens, helping to improve the literacy and basic education levels of those we serve.

2015

A young black mother holding a small toddler. The toddler is wearing a white coat. Arundel House of Hope helps mothers in recovery

The Family Project opens.

The Family project, a transitional house program for single mothers and their children, is opened.

2020-2021

A sign that says Caution Maintain Social Distancing. At least 6 ft. Distance from others. With two stick drawings and an arrow.

COVID Pandemic shifts operations.

Arundel House of Hope operates a motel to house unsheltered individuals during the height of the pandemic. Many program operations are modified or temporarily discontinued.

2022

A white women who is a volunteer standing over a box decorated with Christmas wrapping paper.

Micah 6 Program begins.

The Micah 6 program starts, providing practical assistance and case management to people transitioning out of homelessness.

Winter 2022-2023

A field of green grass covered in cots. People are moving and cleaning the cots. They are preparing the cots for Winter Relief.

Winter Relief returns to normal operations.

Winter Relief returns to pre-pandemic operations, with churches hosting the program.

January 2023

A park covered in snow. There is a walking path that has been mostly plowed with a bench. There are trees along the walking path.

The Warming Center is created.

The Warming Center program is created in partnership with the Office of Emergency Managment. It provides a safe place indoors on freezing cold nights.

February 2024

A room under construction. The floor tile is white and black checkers. The wall has no dry wall and you can steel beams. There is a duct hanging down.

Construction begins on a new space.

Construction begins on a new space for Arundel House of Hope. The new location will allow the Day Center, CRC, and offices to be located in one space.

April 2024

Three men, Kevin, T.J, and Naveen, standing around a white truck. The men are staff members who helped move the Arundel House of Hope offices.

Move to E. Furnace Branch Rd.

Arundel House of Hope moves to a new location at 7164 E. Furnace Branch Rd, Suite A, Glen Burnie, Md. The space was designed specifically for AHOH. The space contains the Resource and Day Center, the Community Recovery Center, and staff offices.

7164 East Furnace Branch Rd.

Suite A

Glen Burnie, Md 21060