The Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Frederick Police Department recently released a pamphlet that serves as a resource guide for those in need or are experiencing homelessness.
The guide has a list of service providers and available resources in and around downtown Frederick to help those who need assistance. The guide also serves as literature to educate the community regarding services available, according to Danielle Doll, associate director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership.
“We had a lot of residents and businesses expressing concern about folks on the street and what services are available,” she said. “We realized there were a lot of questions around what’s available for folks that are in need.”
The partnership and the police department then worked with the agencies listed in the brochure.
“It’s actually something the [Frederick] Community Action Agency creates, but we wanted to create something that was really quick and easy to digest that we can give out to all of our businesses so that they can hand them out to folks if they come in their store or they see them on the street,” she said.
The partnership printed about 5,000 brochures and distributed them to all downtown businesses, agencies and the visitors center.
While the pamphlets are for visitors downtown, they can also be handed out to those experiencing homelessness.
“It’s kind of twofold,” Doll said. “It’s a little bit of a public education campaign, because some folks that are in Frederick aren’t aware of the services. If I were to run into someone on the street and they were in need of assistance, we’re always quick to Google but it’s nice to be able to say, ‘there are these services available.’”
Along with the guide, the partnership also produced a tip card on what to do when asked for money.
“There were concerns brought up about panhandling downtown,” she said. “We want to educate folks that panhandling — giving money on the street — is not necessarily the best way to help them. The five bucks or 10 dollars you’re giving them would be better to give to those groups who provide those direct services.”
The organizations include the Frederick Community Action Agency, Advocates for Homeless Families, Frederick Rescue Mission and Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.
“The pamphlet includes a key guide where you can go to get a shower, where you can get food or shelter, maybe legal services ... that kind of thing,” she said.
Visitors can pick up a copy at any downtown business, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick Police Department, or download a copy at downtownfrederick.org/resources-in-frederick.