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’ mission is to enable homeless and low-income people in Laurel who are in crisis to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency. We envision a community that treats all people with dignity and helps all its members meet their basic needs.

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.

Spring into Summer 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk!

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 / 8:00AM - Rain or Shine!

McCullough Field (8th Street, Laurel MD 20707)


Okay winter, we've had enough! Let's start thinking about sunnier days...

To celebrate the first day of summer and Father's Day weekend, LARS is planning a brand new 5K & 1 Mile Walk to benefit our efforts to end hunger and homelessness in Laurel. Enjoy great food, music, and post-race fun after challenging yourself to a 5K run throughout Old Towne Laurel or a 1 mile walk around the field!

If you have participated in LARS' Turkey Trot, the terrain will feel familiar with a few new challenges as we run a slightly modified (still USATF certified!) course... a great opportunity to get in shape for summer AND practice for next Thanksgiving!

Registration is $30 for both runners and walkers ($35 on race day).

online or download paper registration to pay by check.

See the
event flyer for more details!

Free Tax Prep in Laurel

Did you make less than $60,000 in 2014? If so, you are eligible for free tax preparation through MakingChange VITA, a great organization that provides financial services at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center. Volunteer tax preparers will be available from January 26 - April 11, 2015. Schedule your appointment online at or call the Multiservice Center at 410-880-5917.

A free online tool is also available to assist individuals with preparing taxes on their own:

LARS' Food Pantry

LARS Food Pantry

The LARS food pantry is always in need of replenishing! The food often goes faster than we can replace it.

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