Offers case management and ongoing assistance to formerly homeless adults who are living independently through Shelter Plus Care and New Neighbors. Shelter Plus Care is a tenant-based permanent, supportive housing program providing individual apartment units. New Neighbors is a sponsor-based, supportive housing program offering either apartment or group home options. Clients are helped to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
Offers support to children and adolescents in foster care, as well as other children, through a one-on-one relationship with a caring, responsible mentor. The primary goal of Bridges to Pals is to raise the self-esteem of Little Pals.
Offers support to young families and their children as a community-based center. Families Foremost Center offers GED, job skills training and computer classes to parents. The center also offers free parenting classes, healthcare education, peer support, self-sufficiency promotion, parent/child activities and toddler care. The center is located at 1109 Spring Street, Suite 300, Silver Spring, (301) 585-3424.
MOMS (Mothers Offering Maternal Support), a Families Foremost Center program, offers one-to-one mentoring by matching pregnant and parenting participants ages 12-24 with an experienced mother in the community. The mentor serves as a supportive friend, advocate and role model who can share the joys and challenges of being a parent. MOMS also offers educational meetings and support group sessions.
Provides friendship, companionship and access to resources to adults who are isolated and lonely due to physical problems that make them homebound. These adults have lived rich lives and enjoy sharing their experiences with people who care. Trained volunteers visit their friends in private homes, group homes and assisted living facilities.
Serves youth and families in the Einstein, Kennedy and Wheaton cluster communities. KWYS offers short-term and crisis intervention counseling, community and school-based workshops and teen parenting support. KWYS, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public Schools and other nonprofit organizations, provides LINKAGES TO LEARNING (www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/linkages
) services at school sites to "at-risk" children and families to improve performance in school, at home and in the community. KWYS is located at 3950 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906; (301) 933-2818.
Provides confidential and anonymous support by trained counselors through a 24-hour telephone active listening and referral service. The Hotline program also runs a THERAPISTLINE which provides a system of referral for individuals who have limited or no financial resources for mental health outpatient therapy. Individuals are linked with competent mental health professionals who accept a sliding scale fee.
- Montgomery County Hotline (301) 738-CALL (2255)
- Youth Crisis Hotline (301) 738-9697
- National Hopeline Network 1-(800) SUICIDE (784-2433)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-(800) 273-TALK
- TherapistLine (301) 738-7176
- To volunteer call (301) 424-0656, x116
Provides friendship and the unconditional love of animals to elderly individuals who live in nursing homes, group homes and other facilities. Pets are screened for appropriateness and volunteers receive training prior to placement in facilities.
Provides financial supervision for Montgomery County adults who receive a government benefit that they are unable to manage because of a physical or mental disability. Program clients are matched with a trained volunteer who manages the monthly benefit for the client. The Representative Payee Program is one of AARP's Money Management Programs.
Transports Springfield Hospital Center patients to and from Montgomery County to prepare to return home and for medical appointments, job searches, visiting and participation in private agency programs.
Works to ensure safe lives for children by bringing together diverse segments of the community to foster attitudes and behaviors that prevent and reduce violence in our workplaces, communities, schools and families. In addition to violence prevention workshops for families and after-school violence prevention programs for youth, the program offers presentations to parents, community members and professionals on bullying and gang prevention, stress management and anger management.