Route 1

Route 1

Since March of 2009, one of three CPC teams have been providing and serving breakfast on the first Saturday of the month at the Route 1 Day Center.  Each team has a team leader and other volunteers to provide food and/or serve it to those who come to the center.  Each first Saturday, about 5 or 6 volunteers are needed to serve the meal, greet those who come, organize food and other donations, and simply mingle and converse.  The ministry leader is Rachel Schaefer, and the other team leaders are Sandy and Lorna Sharp and Jim Wilmot.

Financial Contributions

Checks may be made out to:

6700 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044.

Put “Rt. 1 Day Center” in the memo line.

Gift cards are also appreciated so we can purchase supplies as needed.

  • Wal-Mart
  • Giant
  • BJ’s

In the CPC lobby is a designated bin for contributions to the Route 1 ministry. If you would like to help out with a donation, please read the following guidelines. 

Guidelines for Winter Clothing Donations

  1. No sweaters. They are extremely difficult to launder and dry, and very few of our clients take them.
  2. Check the labels. If the item needs to be dry cleaned, then it shouldn’t come to the Center.
  3. The average size for men’s pants is 36 waist; women is a 12.
  4. Outerwear should not be wool, fur, leather, or full length. The best type of coat will be similar to a ski jacket, the longest length being to mid-thigh.


(All donations must be ready to eat, no larger than 15 oz.)    

  • bottled water, 20 oz. size
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • tuna
  • canned chicken
  • Chef Boyardee, 15 oz. can
  • Spaghettios, 15 oz. can
  • chunky soups
  • Dinty Moore Beef Stew
  • baked beans with meat
  • Underwood Deviled Ham
  • Libby’s Canned Corned Beef
  • Vienna sausages
  • Spam
  • beef jerky
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables

For the Center

  • heavy duty paper plates
  • hot and cold cups
  • napkins
  • plastic forks
  • disposable plastic storage tubs for leftovers
  • Ziplock bags
  • large bottles of body wash
  • liquid laundry detergent
  • disinfectant cleaner
  • tall kitchen trash bags
  • 30-gallon trash bags
  • sterno
  • plastic grocery bags

Personal Items

  • shampoo
  • body wash
  • combs, brushes
  • disposable razors
  • shaving cream
  • foot powder
  • back packs
  • hand lotion, 5 oz. or less
  • batteries-AAA, AA, C, D
  • nail clippers
  • travel-sized toiletries

Clothing Donations 

  • men’s jeans, 32-42 waist
  • men’s or women’s sneakers
  • men’s or women’s underwear
  • thermal undergarments
  • boots
  • thermal socks

Outdoor Gear

  • battery or crank lanterns
  • 10’x13′ Tents – 6’ in center
  • sleeping bags
  • hand warmers
  • plastic tarps, 5mil thickness,  approx.15’ x 20’