Parents of fifth graders, make sure that you follow the Julius West Middle School PTSA pages on Facebook in order to get good information as your child gets ready to head off to JW. https://www.facebook.com/groups/JuliusWestPTSA/
Yearbooks can now be preordered! Because of school closures, all sales will be online this year. Click here to order your yearbook today. Orders will be taken through April 24. As a congratulations, the PTA will be purchasing yearbooks for all 5th graders! If you have a 5th grader, you do not need to submit an order form.
This has been a challenging time for all of us and especially for some families. Below are some services available for families to help during this time. Most of these services do not ask for immigration status or documentation. Things are continuously changing, so please contact each organization to make sure the services are still being provided and to verify locations.
If you or someone you know needs assistance finding food, paying household bills, or other essential services, call 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is a non-emergency telephone number. It is a powerful and free service that helps individuals and families access emergency services in their local community. Call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They assess callers’ needs and connect them to health and human services agencies and nonprofits that can help. If you are unable to connect through 2-1-1, call 866-324-2455. Crisis Line 301-864-7130
CASA of MD
Tenants’ Rights: https://wearecasa.org/updates/know-your-tenant-rights-covid/
CASA’s Maryland COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide https://wearecasa.org/updates/mdcovidguide/
Rockville HELP is a team of volunteers on duty seven days a week to extend a listening ear, provide financial assistance, deliver emergency food, and offer clients additional referrals when needed in Rockville, MD. We try our best to help every Rockville resident who contacts us seeking support.
Please call (301-564-0800) and leave a message to begin. A volunteer will call you back soon. (Please note that since our volunteers use their own phones, the call back might be from a private number or a non-local area code.)
WIC is a nutrition program that provides health education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and other services free of charge to pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children who qualify in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. The offices are currently closed but call 301-762-9426 for assistance.
Interfaith Works Connections
Resources for Referrals to Services Interfaith Works Connections links low-income residents of Montgomery County to the resources they need. The Resource Coordinator of this unique initiative, bilingual in English and Spanish, meets with clients to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, gathering information to make referrals to appropriate partner providers for food, vocational services, legal assistance, health services, emergency services and child care. Contact Melissa Olaskowitz, 240-641-6308 or mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org.
12247 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Call to see what services are available and where. Services may include help with food, clothing, shoes, diapers, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. Also, immigration legal services (https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/ils/) and services for pregnant woman may also be available.
Quick Resource Guide https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Resource-Guide-Montgomery-County.pdf
Services in Spanish https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/List-of-Services-Span-McCarrick.pdf
Cuddle Me Program
Diaper and Food Bank
Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center
Other information for immigrants during the coronavirus crisis:
For assistance, please call 240-454-4491
ASSISTANCE THROUGH MONTGOMERY COUNTY DHHS & MARYLAND
Housing Stabilization Services
Services for emergency housing needs, including homelessness prevention services and housing related financial assistance with eviction, foreclosure and utility disconnection.
To request a phone interview, please call one of the following offices. Document drop-off stations are also available at each office location. You may also be eligible to apply for some services online.
Open Tuesday & Thursday
1301 Piccard Drive
Office of Eligibility and Support Services (OESS)
Public Assistance benefits:
The Food Supplement Program (formerly Food Stamps) provides monthly benefits to families and individuals who need assistance to buy food. Also visit http://dhr.maryland.gov/food-supplement-program/ for more information. MD Hunger Solutions helps families complete applications.
https://www.mdhungersolutions.org/ . Applicants who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency will have access to an interpreter. The interpreter may be a local department staff member, an individual designated by the applicant, an individual outside the agency who is proficient in the customer’s language, or the department can use the Language Line. An interpreter cannot be a minor child.
Eligbility: Based upon household size, income and assets. Benefits are not intended to cover total monthly food expenses. U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the program but non-citizens with “qualified immigrant” status may also meet eligibility requirements. A signed application and interview is required in order to receive Food Supplements. Specific information on eligibility is available at the local office.
Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) provides cash assistance to families with children under 18 years of age when other resources and services do not fully meet the family’s needs.
Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) provides temporary cash assistance to disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years who have no children under the age of 18 living in the home.
Apply online here to these programs. Call OESS at 240-777-1003 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday if you have questions. Clients can call also call 240-777-0311 (MC311). You can also send an email to OESS at OESS.MoCo@montgomerycountymd.gov
All OESS offices are closed to the public. Drop boxes for paper applications and documents are available at all sites. Documents can be photographed by cell phone or scanned and emailed to the offices. For more information, via Family Investment Administration Frequently Asked Questions (English / Spanish).
Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP)
Provides utility grants and shut-off prevention to eligible households. Applications may be completed online. Paper applications, and a document drop box is also available at 1301 Piccard Drive, 4th floor. Document drop-off boxes are also located at each of the housing stabilization offices. Phone appointments may be requested by calling 240-777-4450.
LOCAL FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
MCPS Food Resource Page
MANNA FOOD SERVICES
Schedule: Call 301-424-1130 to make an appointment by 3 PM the day before you want to pick up at any of the locations below.
Eligibility: Right now eligibility for food remains at every 30 days.
Tuesdays from 9 am-12 pm and 4 – 7 pm
Thursdays from 9 am-12 pm
Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm
1st Saturday of the month from 9 am – 12 pm
12301 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Indoor walk through
Glenmont United Methodist Church
Tuesdays from 4 – 7 pm
12901 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20906
Outside: Look for our truck in the parking lot
Clifton Park Baptist Church
Wednesdays from 4 – 7 pm
8818 Piney Branch Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Outside: Look for truck in parking lot
Colesville Presbyterian Church
4th Friday of every month: 3 – 7 pm
12800 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Outdoor drive through
Blair High School Parking Lot. Please use the soccer field entrance off University Blvd E.
2nd & 4th Saturdays of every month: 9 am – 10 am
33 University Blvd E
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Gaithersburg Middle School Parking Lot
Tuesday and Thursdays 2-4pm
2 Teachers Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Our truck will set up in the upper parking lot by the cafeteria on the side of the building.
Real Food for Kids
Silver Diner-RIO is partnering with Real Food for Kids to serve free meals to Montgomery County children and families during the school closure.
Monday-Friday, between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Silver Diner and Real Food for Kids will be providing plant-based meals for grab-and-go distribution at the Silver Diner RIO location in Gaithersburg, MD.
Children and families in need can come to this Silver Diner location each day to pick up meals, no questions asked. No identification or proof of need required. Parents or other family members may pick up meals on behalf of their entire family—children do not need to be present.
Real Food for Kids will provide meals each weekday as long as they are able. Updates will be posted on their Facebook page if they are unable to serve meals due to changing circumstances.
236 Boardwalk Place, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878
For more information, please email mailto:email@example.com
Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church Food Pantry
1501 Arcola Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Every Tuesday 4-6pm – prepacked bags for pick up
No referral or documentation needed – Any household in need of food is eligible. We ask that only one member of a household shop per month.