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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Life Crisis Center Hotline
The Life Crisis Center hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week free of charge. Anyone, of any age, can call the hotline at anytime.
The hotline receives calls about a variety of concerns, which may include:
- depression, sadness, or loneliness
- life stressors
- financial struggles
- relationship problems
- grief and bereavement
- physical or sexual abuse
- thoughts of suicide
The Life Crisis Center hotline answers crisis and emotional support calls through the Maryland Crisis Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as well as information and referral calls through the Maryland 2-1-1 system. In addition, the hotline answers calls for the three counties of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland as the local crisis center, rape/sexual assault program, and domestic violence program.
Cornerstone Montgomery is an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the capacity to serve more than 2,500 adults and transition aged youth. They specialize in the provision of comprehensive, community- and evidence-based mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatments and interventions. To apply to services, click here https://www.cornerstonemontgomery.org/services/apply-for-services/
Citizenship and Immigration
Montgomery College has no-cost, online citizenship courses as well as legal services, in partnership with Catholic Charities of DC. https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/workforce-development-continuing-education/english-language-skills/citizenship/index.html
Do you have questions about immigration or citizenship? You can find the answers you need by contacting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Find more information at USCIS.gov. Access your online account, check the status of your case, request an in-person appointment, view common FAQs and more.
Gilchrist Immigration Resource Center
Do you live in Maryland and have a case before the immigration court? Gilchrist offers free, confidential, and remote consultations to help you with your immigration case. https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/gilchrist/immigrant-rights/index.html
CASA, in partnership with Montgomery County, is offering financial assistance to those who are eligible to apply for citizenship but cannot afford the application fee. Residents of Montgomery County who earn less than 300% of the federal poverty guideline may qualify for a scholarship of $150 or $300 to help pay the application filing fee. Interested applicants should call (240) 560-2272 for more information. Flyers are available in English and Spanish. Note: Low-income individuals seeking to apply for citizenship may also be eligible for a fee waiver or reduced fee through USCIS.
Classroom 2 Community
Are you the parent of a Montgomery County Public School student? Do you want to become a US Citizen? Join C2C’s program to learn more English and US Civics, practice for the Naturalization exam, and get help on your Citizenship application with their partner CASA de Maryland. Classes are offered both in-person and online in Zoom. Start now, achieve your dream! To apply, click here.
Family Justice Center
Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for victims of abuse, home is often the most dangerous place to be. For information and resources, please visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/fjc/.
Guidance for families seeking baby formula during the national infant formula shortage
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has been working with partners to monitor the ongoing shortages in infant formula and to provide information and resources to families. The following resources are provided to support families impacted by the national infant formula shortages. Click here to see the Guidance for families seeking baby formula during the national infant formula shortage. Go to Maryland Dept. of Health Website to learn more details.
Food Access Site – 311
Montgomery County residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help via this link or call the Food Access Call Center at 311 and ask for the Food Access. No personal identifying information is needed to get help. Click here for more information.
Older Americans Act Nutrition Services Site
Through Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Services, ACL’s Administration on Aging (AoA) provides grants to states to support nutrition services for adults age 60 and older nationwide. To find more information or your local nutrition site, click here.
Montgomery County Circuit Court
Need a Lawyer? Get Legal Information offered by the Montgomery County Circuit Court here.
Montgomery Connects is launching a new program to distribute 34,000 Chromebook laptop computers through the Maryland Connected Devices program. A household must be eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) internet discount program, either by income or enrollment in a benefit program, to receive a computer. THERE IS A LIMIT OF ONE COMPUTER PER HOUSEHOLD, ONLY ONE COMPUTER PER ADDRESS. The program will prioritize distribution to Montgomery County residents, age 7 or older, who have not previously received a computer from the County. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN TO RECEIVE A COMPUTER. You must have an appointment to receive a computer. To register, click here.
ignITe Hub in Rockville aims to develop digitally empowered individuals in untapped populations in order to access opportunities and thrive in the tech industry that will transform the world. We are committed to providing equity-focused programming centered on IT education, training, career and entrepreneurship pathways to ensure an inclusive tech workforce and economic mobility in Montgomery County. For more information, click here.
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Desktop computers are available at all MCPL locations except except Noyes Library for Young Children. Laptops are available at some MCPL locations. Please contact your branch to confirm availability of laptops. Customers may print from public computers or MCPL laptops. All libraries provide WiFi access. For more information, click here.
Epworth’s Ana A. Brito Foundation Inc
Epworth’s Ana A. Brito Foundation Inc. is offering free evening ESOL and computer classes. Registration is open for the fall cycle now. To register now, click here.
On June 20, 2023, Metro will introduce Metro Lift, an income-qualified reduced-fare program that will provide DC, Maryland, and Virginia residents enrolled in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) a 50 percent discount for any trip on Metrorail and Metrobus. More information is available here.