Snowden Crossing has a commitment to the community. This is exhibited in our multiple storylines. Below we have listed the storylines we are involved during the first season. Please be advised that we do not represent that our interpretation of how things are and how people should react to things. With each storyline we offer each person who can identify a local resource to contact and get the facts or whatever assistance needed.
Cancer: Snowden Crossing’s cancer storyline is where we try and demonstrate some of the emotions and choices one has to make with respect to battling cancer. We show a range of emotional and physical characteristics that are associated with various forms of cancer.
In Howard County, The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center (www.cmcric.org/) is an excellent resource for questions in the event that one of our viewers is going through something similar.
Homosexuality: Snowden Crossing explores the budding relationship for two of our young male characters as they embark upon their first homosexual relationship. We delve into how their families and friends deal with the issue of sexuality. We make an attempt to give all points of view on the subject; some popular and others not so popular.
In Howard County, there is a local chapter of PFLAG (www.pflag. org/) that provides an excellent outlet for parents who are either just coming out via their children or not yet ready to come out. There is emotional support as well as a kindred spirit among all those who go to the regular meetings.
Domestic Violence and Rape: Snowden Crossing has interwoven several types of abuse into a couple of storylines as well. There are two instances of spousal abuse and two forms of child abuse. It is a very delicate subject for most people to deal with so we give the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is unfortunate that we have to address it, but we know that it is something that occurs on a daily basis everywhere.
In Howard County, The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County (www.dvcenter.org/) is available to families who are experiencing abuse in any way shape or form. Also, as part of our rape storyline, we submit to our viewers the availability of a Rape Crisis Center at Howard County General Hospital (www. dpscs.state.md.us/vsm/howard.shtml).
Remembering our Children: Snowden Crossing has a commitment to young people. Our main character volunteers at the Snowden Crossing Boys and Girls club. We find this organization to be a wonderful outlet for all children, latch key in particular. It is imperative that our young people be looked after and not let to their own devices. While many find the internal resolve to stay on the straight and narrow, far too often too much time alone causes young people to get into the wrong kind of activities. If we do nothing else, we want to make sure that everyone who has a moment takes the time to help a child when and where they can.
In Howard County, The Boys and Girls Club of Savage Maryland (www.savagebgc.org/) provides the young people of our community with guidance and offers constructive programs promoting responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership.
Tutors for Senior Parents: PD Thomas was raised by his grandparents. Far too often was the case that they were unable to assist with homework or familiar with all of the school activities that went on. We introduce this storyline in hopes that teachers and grandparents would open some dialogue. For the Grandparents, if they are not familiar with some of the homework or school activities that they not be afraid to talk to the teachers and that the teachers would provide some perhaps tutoring sessions for the Grandparents, even some of the parents, so that they can see what there kids are doing and be better able to assist them with their homework or at least knowing if it is complete. With us in a time with programs like ‘No Child Left Behind’, we think that if both parties responsible for the child’s education (parents/teachers) would reach out to each other, we stand a better chance of that happening.
Currently, we are unaware of a program that would encourage that in Howard County. It is our hope that some day soon, there will be!