Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc.
Serving the Laurel Community Since 1987
311 Laurel Avenue • Laurel, MD 20707 • Phone: 301.776.0442 • Fax: 301.604.7076



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LARS Building

LARS is a non-proselytizing ecumenical ministry serving the Greater Laurel area by assisting homeless and low-income individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis by providing both emergency and long-term services designed to promote self-sufficiency.

Our Community Crisis Clinic, located just a few blocks from Main Street off of Route 1, offers support to families and individuals in parts of Prince George's (20707, 20708), Howard (20723), and Anne Arundel (20724) Counties. LARS is only able to assist clients residing in these four zip codes.

Hours of Operation:

Monday          9:00am - 2:00pm & 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday     9:00am - 2:00pm

Friday              9:00am - 2:00pm


**Please arrive at least one hour prior to closing to ensure that you are seen.

10th Annual 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit LARS

LARS Turkey Trot


Please join us on Thanksgiving Morning: Thursday, November 27th at the First United Methodist Church of Laurel for our 10th Annual 5K Turkey Trot & 1 Mile Walk to benefit LARS! Our USATF certified course meanders along the Patuxent River and through the historic town of Laurel, Maryland. This has become one of Laurel's most spectacular family-friendly gatherings. Nearly 800 neighbors, visitors, friends, and families have made it their Thanksgiving tradition to support our small non-profit's service to homeless and low-income residents of the Greater Laurel area.

Registration is $30 for all ages through Sept. 30th. Price increases start October 1st!

*PLEASE NOTE: There is a $3.25/person processing fee if you choose to register online using a credit card. You may send a check along with a paper registration form to LARS at 311 Laurel Avenue, Laurel MD 20707 to avoid this fee.

This event is held RAIN OR SHINE! Free parking is plentiful along Prince George, Montgomery, and Main Streets.

Packet Pick-Up & Pre-Registration is Wednesday, 11/26 from 3-6pm at the First United Methodist Church (424 Main Street, Laurel MD 20707).

Race Day Schedule:

7:00AM Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up

7:40AM Group Warm-Up

8:00AM 5K Run Starts

8:05AM 1 Mile Walk Starts

Post-race festivities include live race results, refreshments, and PRIZES for winners in each age category!

Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. No bikes, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, or motorized vehicles allowed on the course. No pets allowed.

Please bring non-perishable food to packet pick-up and race morning for the LARS pantry!


Questions? Contact Laura Wellford at 301-776-0442 ext. 27 or lwellford(at)laureladvocacy(dot)org.

Food Pantry is LOW!

The LARS food pantry is running very low. The food goes faster than we can replace it, especially during summertime, when donations dwindle and families are in need of extra meals for kids who are home from school.

Download a grocery shopping list and fill up a basket for LARS next time you visit the grocery store! Please keep LARS in mind as you clean out your own pantry, but no expired food please.

Donations can be dropped off at LARS during business hours (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-2pm and Monday evenings from 5-7:30pm). If you would like to hold a food or school supply drive on behalf of LARS at your workplace, congregation, school, neighborhood, or other organization, please contact Stephanie Guzman at 301-776-0442 ext. 34 for supplies and support.


* Please note:  Due to limited storage, LARS cannot currently accomodate clothing or furniture donations. However, we do provide clothing and furniture vouchers to our clients to be used at the Laurel Thrift Store, so donations are always welcome there. LARS also makes referrals to the following organizations accepting clothing and furniture donations:

Success in Style - Laurel, MD (Savage Mill)

Mission of Love Charities - Capitol Heights, MD

A Wider Circle - Bethesda, MD