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A. F. Whitsitt Center

410-778-7054

410-778-7104

300 Scheeler Road, Chestertown, MD 21620

The Center is a 24-hour, seven day a week residential treatment facility, offering treatment to adults ages 18 and over suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. The Center provides a wide variety of services for residents of the Eastern Shore, including Crisis Intervention, Crisis Residential Treatment, Detox, and General Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.

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Hours of Operation

24/7

Aaron’s Place 2 Food Pantry

443-243-5906

435 Main Street, Goldsboro, MD 21636

Food pantry open Sunday 4-5pm and Monday 9am-2pm.

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Area

Goldsboro

AARP, Chapter #915

410-482-6039

To address the needs & interests of persons 50 and older. Through information and education, advocacy and service, the group seeks to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose.

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Service

Meetings on the second Monday of every month start with a covered dish luncheon at noon, followed by a program of guest speakers or entertainment. Meetings are held at the Denton Church of the Nazarene, 10660 Greensboro Road, Denton. There are no meetings in July and August. Members donate their time, money, and goods to local non-profit organizations in the area. The group also sponsors a yearly free tax assistance service at each of the library branches. The tour committee sponsors trips that are open to the public.

Eligibility

Must be a member of the National AARP to qualify for local chapter membership

Fees

Yearly dues of $7.

Areas Served

Caroline County and adjacent counties.

ACLU American Civil Liberties Union

410-889-8555

410-366-7838

3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 350, Baltimore, MD 21211

The ACLU of Maryland works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals.The Civil Rights Complaint Line is 443-524-2558. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm

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The ACLU of Maryland works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals.The Civil Rights Complaint Line is 443-524-2558. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm

Active Recovery Center of Hope (ARC), Caroline County

(410) 754-4299

A community partnership dedicated to fighting the Opioid crisis among minority groups here in Caroline County, MD.

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The goal of the ARC of Hope is that we will help connect those who are suffering from substance abuse disorders in our minority communities with medical professionals who can diagnose and treat the addiction process. Our Peer Support Specialists will be available to help those navigating the path of freedom from opioids in both English and Creole. Caroline County, hope is on it’s way…the ARC is coming!

Adkins Arboretum

410-634-2847 ext 0

410-634-2878

12610 Eveland Rd. Ridgely, MD 21660

Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and preserve, promotes the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay region’s landscapes. As a model for land management and ecological restoration, the Arboretum fosters community engagement and inspires the adoption of land stewardship practices for a healthier and more beautiful world.

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Services Provided: 
This 400-acre preserve is located on the Tuckahoe Creek and includes portions of the region’s most significant wetlands. Offers five miles of walks, education programs, art exhibits, lectures, special events, wedding rentals, workshops, garden tours, and native plant sales. Public amenities include a visitor’s center with gift shop, library, and meeting room. Many volunteer opportunities available. Nature preschool gives free tuition to families living in Caroline County through a community grant.

Guided Nature Walks 1st Saturday of every month at 10:00am. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve through December 31.

Fees: 
$5 for adults, $2 for students ages 6 – 18, and free to children ages 5 and under.

Hours of Operation: 
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Primary Contact:
Ginna Tiernan, Executive Director

Secondary Contact:
Jenny Houghton, Assistant Director

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Adkins Arboretum

410-634-2847 ext 0

410-634-2878

Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and preserve, promotes the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay region’s landscapes. As a model for land management and ecological restoration, the Arboretum fosters community engagement and inspires the adoption of land stewardship practices for a healthier and more beautiful world.

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Service

This 400-acre preserve is located on the Tuckahoe Creek and includes portions of the region’s most significant wetlands. Offers five miles of walks, education programs, art exhibits, lectures, special events, wedding rentals, workshops, garden tours, and native plant sales. Public amenities include a visitor’s center with gift shop, library, and meeting room. Many volunteer opportunities available. Nature preschool gives free tuition to families living in Caroline County through a community grant.Guided Nature Walks 1st Saturday of every month at 10:00am. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve through December 31.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Fees

$5 for adults, $2 for students ages 6 – 18, and free to children ages 5 and under.

Adult Education, Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Training at Chesapeake College

410-827-5835

Chesapeake College provides adult education programs to residents in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. Classes include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes.

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Students wishing to enroll in classes must first attend a registration session. During registration the student’s current skill level will be evaluated for the proper class placement. The registration schedule can be found by calling the hotline numbers or on the calendars on the website. Weekly registrations are held at locations throughout the five county area. In Caroline County registration is held on Wednesdays at 10:00 am at the Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street in Denton; and on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the Maryland Rural Development Corporation, 101 Cedar Lane, and on Thursdays at 10:00 am at the Federalsburg Public Library, 123 Morris Ave. This is part of the National External Diploma Program.

For assistance in Spanish call 410-827-5929

Eligibility: 
English As a Second Language classes are available to all adults whose native language is other than English. Classes provide instruction in English language skills to non-English or limited English proficient adults and are offered at multiple levels from beginning to advanced Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes are available to individuals we are at least 16 years of age and who are not a high school graduate or currently attending high school. Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes include instruction for learners at beginning and intermediate levels. GED® Test Preparation classes are for those who are in the final stages of preparing to take the GED® Test. Individuals must be a resident of the State of Maryland for at least 3 months to be eligible to take the GED® Test. The External Diploma Program (NEDP) is for individuals age 18 or older, who are not enrolled in regular high school and can demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills. NEDP provides a unique way for adults to earn a Maryland high school diploma. Participants demonstrate high school level skills by applying work, family and community life experiences in real life situations. This is not a class-attendance based program. The program structure is self-paced and offers flexibility for busy adults. Individuals meet regularly with an NEDP advisor and assessor. NEDP is a computer- based program.

A one-time $150 fee is assessed for NEDP.

Areas Served: 
Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties

Fees: 
No fees for classes. Classes are supported by grant funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Mailing Address: 
P. O. Box 8Wye Mills, MD 21679

Contact: 
Elaine Wilson, Program Director
410-827-5835
ewilson@chesapeake.edu

Contact: 
Danielle Thomas, ABE/GED Intake Specialist
410-829-6043
dthomas@chesapeake.edu

Contact: 
Karen Luceti, ESL Intake & Assessment Speciali
410-443-1163
kluceti@chesapeake.edu

Adult Education, Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Training at Chesapeake College

410-827-5835

P. O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Chesapeake College provides adult education programs to residents in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. Classes include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes. Students wishing to enroll in classes must first attend a registration session. During registration the student’s current skill level will be evaluated for the proper class placement. The registration schedule can be found by calling the hotline numbers or on the calendars on the website.

For registration and further information on ABE/GED classes, students can contact Danielle Thomas at ged@chesapeake.edu or 410-829-6043 (text).For ESL classes, contact Karen Luceti at esl@chesapeake.edu or 410-443-1163 (text). For NEDP program, contact us via email at NEDP@chesapeake.edu.

OUR NEW VIRTUAL CLASSES ARE HERE!Make an Appointment to Register Now!¡Aquí están nuestras nuevas clases virtuales!Summer Session starts July 6, 2020!¡La sesión de verano comienza el 6 de julio de 2020!Haga una cita para registrarse ahora!Improve your English-speaking skills, your reading, writing, math and employability skills, and/or study to earn your Maryland High School Diploma.Mejora tus habilidades para hablar en inglés, para leer y escribir, en matemáticas, y la posibilidad de conseguir un empleo, y o estudia para obtener tu Diploma de High School de Maryland.All from the comfort of your own home!¡Todo desde la comodidad de tu hogar!You can study through text messaging, WhatsApp, FaceBook, and other platforms that work for you.Puedes estudiar a través de mensajes de texto, WhatsApp, FaceBook y otras plataformas que puedan funcionar para ti.So, whether you have a flip phone, a smart phone, an iPad, tablet, laptop, desktop, or other device, and access to the Internet,*We can help you go on to college, training, and better jobs!Entonces, ya sea que tengas un teléfono plegable, un teléfono inteligente, un iPad, tableta, computadora portátil u otro dispositivo, y acceso a Internet, *¡podemos ayudarte a continuar tus estudios enla universidad, capacitarte y mejorar tus trabajos!For more information, contact:Para más información, contáctenos a través de:GED@chesapeake.edu or ESL@chesapeake.edu*For help obtaining a device and/or Internet access, go to http://www.everyoneon.orgWIFI can be accessed from the parking lot of your local library, the Wye Mills campus, and the Cambridge Center. Also, many retailers offer free WIFI for customers.*Para obtener ayuda para conseguir un dispositivo y / o acceso a Internet, vaya a http://www.everyoneon.orgSe puede acceder a WIFI desde el estacionamiento de su biblioteca local, el campus de Wye Mills y el Centro de Cambridge. Además, muchas tiendas ofrecen WIFI gratuito a los clientes.For assistance in Spanish call 410-827-5929

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Eligibility

English As a Second Language classes are available to all adults whose native language is other than English. Classes provide instruction in English language skills to non-English or limited English proficient adults and are offered at multiple levels from beginning to advanced Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes are available to individuals we are at least 16 years of age and who are not a high school graduate or currently attending high school. Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes include instruction for learners at beginning and intermediate levels. GED® Test Preparation classes are for those who are in the final stages of preparing to take the GED® Test. Individuals must be a resident of the State of Maryland for at least 3 months to be eligible to take the GED® Test. The External Diploma Program (NEDP) is for individuals age 18 or older, who are not enrolled in regular high school and can demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills. NEDP provides a unique way for adults to earn a Maryland high school diploma. Participants demonstrate high school level skills by applying work, family and community life experiences in real life situations. This is not a class-attendance based program. The program structure is self-paced and offers flexibility for busy adults. Individuals meet regularly with an NEDP advisor and assessor. NEDP is a computer- based program. A one-time $150 fee is assessed for NEDP.

Fees

No fees for classes. Classes are supported by grant funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Areas Served

Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties

Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS) of Caroline County

410-479-8055

410-479-4912

403 South Seventh Street Rm 262, Denton, MD 21629

To help individuals with functional impairments to maintain the highest possible level of independence and well-being suited to their needs at home.

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Service

An AERS Nurse or Social Worker can visit a vulnerable person in their home to complete an assessment of their health and overall situation to determine that person’s eligibility for certain programs and services.As part of an AERS assessment, a resource list is shared with the client and referrals might be made for local case management, Medical Adult Day Care (MADC), or other services and supports as eligible. (Please note that some of these programs may have a “wait list.”) AERS representatives can re-assess the client each year or when there is a significant change in the client’s situation which might affect the type of services they need (client or family can call to request another evaluation as needed).AERS also conducts the assessment that helps to determine an individual’s eligibility for Community First Choice (CFC). CFC is a program that provides personal care support for individuals based on their needs and eligibility (CFC is only available to those who receive straight Medical Assistance – not SLMB or QMB) – AERS completes the initial assessment for CFC and it is then determined if the person will receive a “level of care” for this type of assistance. CFC assists chronically ill, frail elderly, or disabled people to remain in their own home by providing personal care assistance for activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating and so on. For those who are approved for the program, personal care services are provided by an approved Agency Provider who is supervised by a nurse monitor. Personal Care Providers are not hired or employed through the AERS office.Referrals for AERS assessments may come from any source (self, family, physicians, MADC, VA, etc.). The program is voluntary (when a referral is made, the person has the right to accept the offer for an evaluation or to decline). Assessments are provided at no cost to the client or family.Contact the AERS office at 410-479-8055 to determine if an AERS assessment could benefit you or someone you know. When making a referral, please try to have as much information as possible so that we can determine if the person is eligible for services (name, address, phone number, contact info for the person’s Power of Attorney or other involved support person, date of birth and social security number if those are known, and the reason for your referral). We will then contact the client to tell them about AERS and offer an evaluation in order to tell them about programs and services that might make sense for them in their individual situation.

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri 8-4:30

Fees

There is no charge for this service.

Areas Served

Caroline County