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.

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

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