Maryland – United Church of Christ

Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm (Earleville)

Contact: Lori Goldsmith, Administrator
   PO Box 113
   Earleville, MD 21919
         Street Address:    
         21 Veazey Cove Road;
         Earleville, MD 21919
Phone: 410.275.2194
Web site:

Deep Roots serves as a homeless shelter for children and families in the community. In addition to that, Deep Roots strives to break the generational cycle of homelessness. Our program challenges children and their parents to envision a brighter future, to sustain healthy relationships, and to navigate a course towards personal and social responsibility. Through better life experiences, with mentors, and by providing healthy life-models, education, and supports, Deep Roots seeks to show families that homelessness is not destiny. Ending poverty and homelessness begins with the building of community, relationships, and in genuine human meeting – beyond barriers of race, class, and religion.

Up to twelve families are in residence at any given time. Deep Roots also offers an after school enrichment program for children and teenagers who are resident at Deep Roots.

Projects/Focus:  Groups will do light construction and renovation; chores, gardening and landscaping.  Often times, groups will also support programming for children and teenage residents at Deep Roots.

Educational/ Advocacy Components: For groups that stay at Deep Roots, there are many opportunities to engage with our resident families and staff.  

Time:  Rolling.  Groups serve throughout the year.  Groups can come for any combination of days, ranging from a one-day day-trip to a two-week overnight trip.

Group Size: Not limited

Minimum Age: 12 years

Adult to Youth Ratio: A ratio of1:8 is recommended

Cost:  $50 / night / per person (flexible; we will work with groups) plus a self-determined contribution towards construction supplies is appreciated.

Accommodations:  Groups will stay in a Mission House.  The Mission House is air-conditioned and heated, has five sleeping areas, two common rooms, and two toilet and shower facilities. We can accommodate up to 25 persons in this building. For groups larger than 25, sleeping accommodations are split between the Mission House, the Chapel, and other buildings as needed.
A chapel is available that can serve as an appropriate quiet space for deeper conversations on issues.

Please feel free to visit our homepage and go to the Workgroup section under the Get involved tab.

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