What We Do

Founded in 1981, the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs has been providing those most at risk in our community with emergency shelter for homeless adults and families, healthcare assistance to the uninsured, utility assistance, homeless prevention programs and food assistance through local food banks.

With programs that directly support men, women and children, our organization works to eradicate homelessness in Frederick County.

We partner with other service providers and the faith community to bring aid, awareness and attention of these social issues to our community and our legislators.

Simply put, we provide the most basic human needs all with God’s love and compassion to our neighbors in need.


In 1981, local churches were called upon to assume a greater role in providing services to the needy and because of the biblical mandate to serve those in need.  The churches in Frederick County answered this call and created The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.  The Coalition has expanded to become the largest source of emergency financial assistance in Frederick County outside of local government.


The Religious Coalition provides short term emergency financial assistance to individuals and families those with emergency human needs; those without food, clothing, shelter, health care, and those at risk of losing their homes.

Volunteer: Religious Coalition


The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs is an organization comprised of people of faith committed to making our faith real through acts of compassion that manifest God’s caring presence. We coordinate donations of time, talent, money, food and other resources to meet the urgent needs of people of Frederick County. The Coalition works toward a more just and compassionate society.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

David Rogers

Chairman of the Board

Jim Olson

Vice President

Dave Albertson


Ray Barnes


Shelley Aloi

Joe Anselmo

Charles Dorsey



Craig Habicht

Rev. Gary Hicks

Heather Kirby


P. Gregory Rausch

Dan Schiffman

Eliezer Valentine-Castanon

Mark Wakefield

Jason Williams



Nick Brown
Executive Director
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Brenda Bell
Director, Asst. Shelter Director/Case Manager
Alan P. Linton, Jr. Emergency Shelter
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Neil Donnelly
Director of Emergency Family Shelter
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Milt Higgins
Shelter Director, Alan P. Linton, Jr., Emergency Shelter
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Catherine Dorsey
Director of Client Services
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Sharon Florwick
Finance Manager
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Sara Ryan
PR/Development Manager
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Melanie Williams
Case Manager
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Valarie Pearce 
Client Services Controller
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Alana Kruse 
Data Manager
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