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Food DIstribution with Smiling Souls

On Saturday, July 8th, and Saturday, August 12th New Day, Maryland, Inc. will conduct a community food distribution event in conjunction with Our Savior Lutheran Church. The event, serving those in need in the community, will be know as the Smiling Faces/New Day Joint Food Distribution. The address is 13611 Laurel Bowie Rd, Laurel, MD 20708 and distribution will begin at 9:00 am and run until 11:00 am. Volunteers are needed on July 7th, July 8th, August 11th and August 12th.

A year after many residents found themselves restricted to their homes and unable to work, many families are still feeling the adverse effects of this pandemic. These community food events provide needed care for the many vulnerable families in out area.

Feeding America projects that 42 million people (1 in 8), including 13 million children (1 in 6), may experience food insecurity in 2021. Significant racial disparities in food insecurity which existed before COVID-19 remain in the wake of the pandemic and 21% of Black individuals (1 in 5) may experience food insecurity in 2021, compared to 11% of white individuals (1 in 9).

Dr. Michael Schaffer, Executive Director of New Day said, “New Day is responding to the needs of our community because we don’t believe anyone should be hungry during the continued fallout of the pandemic.“ This food is being made available to New Day constituents through a partner program with Central Union Mission's Family Ministry Center.

This is only one of the programs of New Day Maryland, Inc. and it is supported by the caring people of our area who want to be a part the solution to help the homeless and vulnerable of our area. Check out all our programs at our website.

2019 Schedule

Jobs for Life is designed to help both men and women to identify the gifts that God has given them and use these gifts to move forward on financially and spiritually fulfilling career paths. Jobs for Life is intended to help students engage in a journey from unemployment to employment or from under-employment to better employment.

For more information contact New Day 301-498-2100 or email:

All Classes are at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main Street Laurel.
    Jobs for Life 8-10 am Every Tuesday and Thursday
    Bible Studies 10-12 am Every Tuesday and Thursday

Bible Study Leaders:

  • Jan. 03 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Jan. 08 - Pastor Greg Strong - City of Zion Church
  • Jan. 10 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Jan. 15 - Pastor Greg Strong - City of Zion Church
  • Jan. 17 - Pastor Jeff Paulson - Liberty Grove UMC
  • Jan. 22 - Pastor Greg Strong - City of Zion Church
  • Jan. 24 - Pastor Sifi Potauaine - Beltsville 7th Day Adventist Church
  • Jan. 29 - Pastor Greg Strong - City of Zion Church
  • Jan. 31 - Pastor Peter Demik - Our Saviour Lutheran Church

  • Feb. 05 - Pastor Derrick Miliner - Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 07 - Pastor Peter Demik - Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 12 - Pastor Derrick Miliner - Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 14 - Pastor Ray McDonald - 1st United Methodist Church, Main St.
  • Feb. 19 - Pastor Derrick Miliner - Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 21 - Pastor Jeff Paulson - Liberty Grove UMC
  • Feb. 26 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Feb. 28 - Pastor Sifi Potauaine - Beltsville 7th Day Adventist Church

  • Mar. 05 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Mar. 07 - Pastor Peter Demik - Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Mar. 12 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Mar. 14 - Pastor Sifi Potauaine - Beltsville 7th Day Adventist Church
  • Mar. 19 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Mar. 21 - Pastor Jeff Paulson - Liberty Grove UMC
  • Mar. 26 - Dr Michael Schaffer - New Day
  • Mar. 28 - Pastor Ray McDonald - 1st United Methodist Church, Main St.

This is only one of the programs of New Day Maryland, Inc. and it is supported by the caring people of our area who want to be a part the solution to help the homeless and vulnerable of our area. Check out all our programs at our website.

First Friends Picnic - 2018!

The First Friends Breakfast group enjoyed a picnic on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on August 4th, 2018. Here are some pictures from the picnic:

This is only one of the programs of New Day Maryland, Inc. and it is supported by the caring people of our area who want to be a part the solution to help the homeless and vulnerable of our area. Check out all our programs at our website.

Are you ready to answer the call?

Is God calling you to be vulnerable enough to make a difference in our community? Are you a professional who has gifts from God that you are willing to share with the homeless and vulnerable in our area? You could hear the words of Jesus about the poor and homeless, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me somethingto eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me”.

New Day Maryland, Inc. needs your talent and experience on our Board of Directors to guide the growth and development of services and programs to help the homeless and vulnerable in our area. We are a working board, so you can truly have the opportunity to make a difference for those in need.

Do you have any of these skills or talents?

  • Legal Expertise for Compliance Monitoring

  • Financial Management/Accounting

  • Marketing Skills

  • Fundraising Experience and Ability

  • Long Range Planning Leadership Abilities

  • Governing Abilities

  • Access to Foundations, Corporate or Individual Philanthropists

  • Media Contacts

First Friends Breakfast is Growing!

The first quarter's results are in and the attendance for the First Friends Breakfast on Friday mornings attendance has increased to an average of 40 attendees, with some days as high as 45 people. In the first three month of the year, 474 breakfasts were served.

This provides the opportunity for men and women who are homeless or vulnerable to meet together with staff and volunteers to have a warm meal, study the bible and have the opportunity to develop Christ centered relationships without regard to their status. It has become a place where job opportunities are found, or the opportunity to help someone in need to get to an appointment.
These opportunities are only possible with your support. This is only one of the programs of New Day Maryland, Inc. Check out all our programs at our website. Our programs are supported by the caring people of our area who want to be a part of ending homelessness in our area.

First Annual Golf Tournament

New Day Maryland held its First Annual Golf Tournament at Cross Creek Golf Course on September 22nd, 2017. It was a shotgun start tournament with 59 players. The winning team was Dennis Owca, Jeff Paulson and Patrick Hall. Second place went to Bobby Wheeler, Charlie Wheeler, Gary Gireaux and Louis Carter.

Combined Federal Campaign - CF

New Day Maryland is now listed in the Combined Federal Campaign for government employees. Our ID number is 42396 The Combined Federal Campaign is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States. According to its website, the mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. The Director of OPM has designated responsibility for day-to-day management of the program and to its CFC office. For all federal workers, please remember to include our ID number - 42396 in workplace donations and also ask your coworkers to remember the homeless also.

AGRM - Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

New Day Maryland, Inc. is now a member of AGMR - The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.

For more than a century, one group has been tracking with the tragic conditions of desperate and disenfranchised people in North America. The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) has been on the sidewalks and in the face of what to many has been a faceless problem. AGRM-member facilities have a reputation for being havens of hope for all who enter.

Every year, 300 missions serve nearly 50 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights of lodging, bandage the emotional wounds of thousands of abuse victims, and graduate 18,000-plus individuals from addiction recovery programs. The ramification of their work positively influences surrounding communities in countless ways.

While rescue is in the name of the association, the followers of Jesus running these missions see that aspect as just the beginning. In total, they are about:

  • Rescue — Pulling people to safety from adverse conditions, and from choices and habits that lead to damaged health and death
  • Redemption — Presenting people with a gospel that is about life transformation in Jesus, and the reclamation of His creation
  • Rehabilitation — Helping people break the bonds of addiction and desperate behavior, and experience a life of healing and wholeness
  • Re-assimilation — Preparing people to dwell in community, and to have meaningful roles that lead to stability and missional living.

In all of this, AGRM is there to tell and re-tell the story to the church and the public at large, pointing out the need for laborers, resources, prayer, and a repentant attitude toward the poor. The association’s role is also to connect its members with current news, creative ideas, and cost-saving programs in order to expedite the continual movement of their ministries to higher levels of professionalism in order to achieve greater outcomes.

Mission Statement

AGRM exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions.

With an eye on the future, AGRM also recognizes the contagious fervor in younger followers of Jesus. They come from dissimilar backgrounds but collectively feel a renewed spiritually mandate for social responsibility regarding “the least of these,” as described in Matthew 25. AGRM believes that their perspectives are valid, and that their energy, wedded with the wisdom of those more experienced, could start a revolution of compassion that would fully awaken the church to action in this critical area of personal conviction.

Vision Statement

AGRM will foster and feed a movement of diverse, energetic disciples who will see the practice of hospitality to the destitute as both a catalyst for life transformation in Jesus and a fundamental expression of their Christian faith, thus propelling the church into the lead role in society’s quest to alleviate homelessness.

A Day In The Life

The youth groups of five different churches attended "A Day In The Life" on April 21st and April 22nd on the property of Bethany Community Church.

The event was designed to help our young people learn more about what it is like to be homeless with no place to live. Only minutes before the event was scheduled to start, a thunderstorm passes, so they were able to experience more about living out without shelter. They set up their tents and then gathered for a meal and fellowship and a chance to hear speakers talk about homelessness. The main speaker was Minister Deborah Chambers from Central Union Mission in Washington DC. Also speaking was Antonio Thomas who is completing the program at Central Union Mission to transition from life on the street and he will be soon returning to complete college.
Pete Smith, a formerly homeless person here in Laurel also told of his experiences here in Laurel.
The sessions ended with an award to Hank Crosswhite for all his service and commitment to help the homeless and vulnerable in Laurel.
The youth groups in their tents had a realistic experience as rain showers continues through the night. On Saturday morning, many of the young people went to the local Giant Food store and stood out in front to panhandle for food donations for the homeless.
Baltimore Sun/Laurel Leader Coverage

Laurel Community Spotlight- A Day in the Life - April 25, 2017

Association with Central Union Mission

New Day Maryland, Inc. has agreed to a working association with Central Union Mission in Washington, DC. Minister Deborah J. Chambers, Sr. the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement will joint the New Day board of directors.

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with six locations throughout the Washington metropolitan area. In addition to its family ministries, the Mission operates an emergency shelter program, a rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, a food, clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children, programs for isolated seniors, computer and job training and transitional and low-cost housing.

The Mission is continually developing its programs to meet the changing needs of the community. Its current programs serve homeless men, underprivileged women, children, seniors, families, and veterans.

One life at a time, the Mission works to help transform the area's toughest rehabilitation cases, including drug addicts, gang members, criminal offenders, and the chronically homeless into productive members of society. The Mission's programs have an extremely high success rate at helping individuals overcome addiction and homelessness, and achieve independent living.

Press Release - New Board Member


 Laurel, MD, March 2, 2017– New Day Maryland, Inc. is proud to welcome Rev. Deborah J. Chambers as the newest member of the New Day Board of Directors.

Reverend Chambers will be very valuable to the growth and development of New Day because of her experience and work with Central Union Mission of Washington, DC.

Minister Deborah J. Chambers is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement at Central Union Mission. There she oversees the Mission’s fundraising, communication, partnership and outreach initiatives.
Minister Chambers received her formal education at Howard University and Washington Bible College. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glen Arden under the leadership of Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr., where she serves as an associate minister. She has served as the campaign manager for the church’s Mind To Build Campaign and chaplain for the Homemaker’s Ministry and the church’s ministerial staff. She has also served as the creative director and lead writer for the church’s annual devotional booklets, contributing writer for the church’s magazine Vision. She has served as a facilitator for the Queen Esther Ministry, a ministry that disciples women between the ages of 18 to 35 and an accountability partner in All Things New, a discipleship ministry for people seeking to overcome same-sex attraction. She participates in additional ministries at the church and has served on short term mission trips to the Philippines, the Ukraine and India.
Minister Chambers passionately loves teaching and preaching the Word of God and has spoken at a variety of churches, conferences, workshops and study groups on topics that range from biblical finances and good stewardship to street evangelism and salvation.
She has been a presenter for groups such as the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, the Lott Carey Conference and Howard University Hospital. She is a licensed chaplain and an active member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, the Christian Leadership Alliance and the Association of Professional Fundraisers. She also serves as a clergy ambassador with the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.
Minister Chambers is a godly woman whose sincere desire is to be used as broken bread and poured-out wine for the body of Christ. She is the devoted wife of Rev. Alan K. Chambers. They have one son, Alan Perry, who is 15 years old.

Our Mission

As Evangelical followers of Jesus, our mission is to empower the mercy responses of area churches to facilitate relationally centered life change among the homeless and vulnerable.

Our Vision

To empower churches, in cooperation with community partners to provide a year-round, comprehensive response to homelessness in our region. We will succeed when Laurel's homeless, and those constantly at risk of becoming homeless, have opportunity for friendship, shelter, recovery from addiction, access to healthcare, and opportunities for meaningful work – all leading to the new life Jesus offers.

Our Motto

There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching for and lifting people up.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Schafer at 301-256-5927 or email at

Success In Style

SUCCESS IN STYLE (SIS) is a non-profit organization that assists disadvantaged individuals from diverse backgrounds, who are unemployed or under-employed, in finding meaningful work by providing an interview appropriate, professional wardrobe.

This is a perfect resource for clients of New Day that have job interviews scheduled in their search to find meaningful work.

The importance of a professional image for a successful interview cannot be over-stated. The primary focus of the mission at Success In Style is to help clients achieve this professional image and increase their confidence going into an important interview. In addition to coaching on interview etiquette, personal shopping guidance, and selecting figure friendly garments, clients will be provided with:

  • Multiple suits, based on availability
  • Shirts or blouses
  • Coordinating shoes
  • Interview appropriate accessories, including scarves, jewelry and handbags
  • Required undergarments and hosiery
  • Make-up, wigs
  • Referral to a dental assistance program to restore a damaged smile. (Only available to female clients.)
  • Seasonal Outerwear
  • 5-7 Items from our retail shops to begin business casual wardrobe
** Clients need a referral - no walk-ins accepted. (Our Client Services Coordinator will provide a referral to New Day clients that have a job interview.

Donate to New Day while shopping on Amazon

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The Amazon Smile program will donate a portion of everything you purchase to a qualified charity that you can select. If you are not currently donating through Amazon Smile, make you purchases count to support New Day of Laurel, Maryland Inc. To enroll, go to your account management and sign up for Amazon Smile and choose New Day of Laurel Maryland, Inc. as your charity. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to support New Day.

Accomplishments for winter 2015-2016 Season

• 76 2nd level assessments completed.
• 39 people gained access to medical care (General doctor, medical health treatment, and substance abuse treatment).
• 14 people completed Jobs for Life and Bible study classes – 2 now are employed full time!
• 2 psychological evaluations which assisted 3 people getting disability payments.
• 8 people received legal assistance.
• 10 people received assistance establishing identity documents.
• 10 people were placed in housing or offered concrete housing options.
• 11 people received incidental support such as work clothing or phones.
• Weekly Prayer Breakfast and Bible Study for vulnerable women.
• Weekly Prayer Breakfast and Bible Study for vulnerable men.

This is what has been our support team has accomplished with only a small budget. You can help us to accomplish more with your donations and support.