Serving 900 households each year, LARS is a source of hope and relief for members of the Laurel community who struggle to meet their basic needs. At its Community Crisis Center, help may mean rental assistance after an unexpected illness causes lost hours at work, or a bag of groceries so a family does not have to choose between buying food and filling a prescription. Case managers connect clients to comprehensive social services and work with them to set goals and build skills in areas like personal finance, education, employment, and mental and physical well-being. And for individuals and families coping with chronic homelessness and disabilities, LARS provides subsidized housing and supportive services to get them off the streets and on the path to stability. Support here means a lifeline in crisis and a path to independence.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: MD-Prince George's County; MD-Howard County; Laurel - including zip codes 20707, 20708 (Prince George's County), 20723 (Howard County), and 20724 (Anne Arundel County)

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   1660
  • Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:   42
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   557
  • Bags of food distributed annually:   8337
  • Number of evictions prevented/Households assisted with rent:   95

Awards & Recognition

Guidestar Platinum Participant (2017)
Capital Area Food Bank Partners for Wellness (2015)


  • Laurel nonprofit marks three decades of helping 'get back on track'
    Tue Jun 6 2017, Laurel Leader  
    "To ask for help doesn't mean you are a failure. It means that everyone will at some point need help."

Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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