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

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.


Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc. (LARS) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving homeless and low-income families and individuals in Laurel, Maryland, which includes parts of Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Prince George’s County. LARS was founded in 1987 by local religious congregations, including churches and synagogues, for the purpose of assisting those experiencing homelessness and economic hardship. Although LARS does not proselytize or engage in religious activities, Laurel’s religious congregations remain key partners and vital sources of support for LARS.

LARS serves thousands of individuals and families a year through its many programs according to the following mission.


To enable homeless and low-income people in Laurel who are in crisis to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.


A community that treats all people with dignity and helps everyone meet their basic needs.

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!

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