About LARS

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc. (LARS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving homeless and low-income families and individuals in Laurel, Maryland. Our service area includes parts of Prince George's (zip codes 20707 and 20708), Howard (20723), and Anne Arundel (20724) Counties.

LARS was founded in 1987 by a group of local congregation leaders and community members who sought a consolidated approach to responding to those who came to their doors for food and financial help. Today LARS is staffed by trained social workers and continues to receive financial and volunteer support from its founding faith-based partner organizations. LARS' mission is to enable homeless and low-income people in crisis to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.

Mission & Vision

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

Our Vision is a community that treats all people with dignity and helps everyone meet their basic needs.

Catalogue for Philanthropy

After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected LARS to be part of the Class of 2017-18. LARS has undergone an extensive review process, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support.

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Partners For Wellness

LARS was recently selected to receive the Capital Area Food Bank’s Partners for Wellness designation as part of a new initiative to promote healthier food options to DMV area families in need! Out of 444 CAFB partnering pantries, only 29 received this special designation. LARS is excited to be part of this commitment to ensure that our clients are receiving proper nutrition!

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Independent Charities of America

Charities certified as "Best In America" must provide evidence of their program activities and demonstrate the scope, range, and benefit of their services. Promotional and fundraising materials must be honest, accurate, and non-deceptive, and charities are required to be fully IRS-compliant. Of the 1,000,000+ charities operating in the United States today fewer than 2,500 have been awarded this seal.

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GuideStar Exchange • Gold Participant
GuideStar Exchange • Gold Participant

GuideStar Platinum Participant

LARS has achieved Gold status on the GuideStar Exchange, representing a strong commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

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