Dear Friends,
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. These are challenging times as the nation struggles with the twin increases in deaths and rates of infection from the coronavirus. We head into mid-December with critical federal support programs providing supplemental unemployment insurance support and protections from eviction set to expire. I’m deeply concerned about the small businesses, including restaurants and entertainment venues, that are struggling. Too many dispute the fair election results and the cold winter weather provides us with fewer opportunities to safely engage with friends and family.
There are glimmers of hope on the horizon. Certainly, the prospect of multiple vaccines being made available to the community gives us a reason to be optimistic that safer days are ahead. The first batch of 155,000 is due in Maryland early next week. A new Biden Administration gives me hope that we will have professionals at the helm of the federal government, guided by science and expertise, making domestic and foreign policy decisions that will be in the best interests of this country. I am cautiously optimistic that the House and Senate will work out a bridge aid package that will help tide individuals and states over until the new Administration can enact a more comprehensive plan to provide assistance.
Hanukkah has begun, which provides us with more reasons to be hopeful. After all, it is a story of resilience, of rededication, and a reminder that each of us has the power within to make change.
Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!
Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can assist you in any way. Just click on the photo of my team below to be connected to my office.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve. Stay safe & healthy,
Shelly's Signature
In This Issue:
  • Upcoming: Baltimore Delegation Town Hall
  • Get the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland
  • Resources and support during challenging times
  • The season of giving
The Baltimore County House and Senate delegations will be available to listen to your questions and concerns as we head into the 2021 legislation session. Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. I look forward to “seeing” you there!
With so many folks in need of support and information through these challenging times, the Baltimore County Government has issued a helpful resource guide, located above, including resources for:
  • Healthcare and Flu Shot Updates
  • Housing and Utilities Information
  • Judicial News and Legal Assistance
  • COVID-19 Information and Resources
  • Food Access
  • 24 Hr. Help Lines and Mental Health Support
  • Worker and Business Assistance
  • Resources for Seniors, People Who are Foreign Born, and Ayuda en Español
  • Staying Connected and internet Access
Update on Vaccines
Find out all the facts about Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out HERE and on the Pfizer US distribution HERE.
Update on Testing
As our rates of infection continue to climb, please take precautions to protect yourself and our community by following all recommended guidelines. Baltimore County testing sites can be found HERE.
Community Outreach
As the weather turns colder and our hearts turn to giving, there are so many incredible non-profits and programs to consider- all working to support neighbors and those in need in our Baltimore community. If you are looking for ways to help, consider one of the following, or contact me with your favorite place to give this season and throughout the year. We’re happy to highlight your suggestions in future newsletters.
For more information on Amigos of Baltimore, click HERE or to volunteer, apply HERE
For more information on INNterim House and their wish list, click HERE or other ways to support St. Vincent De Paul of Baltimore HERE

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