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Mid-Shore Community Mediation Center

410-820-5553

8626 Brooks Drive, #204, Easton, MD 21601

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center educates the public about alternative conflict resolution, recruits, trains, and supports volunteer community mediators, and empowers community members and groups to resolve conflict at the earliest possible point in a dispute.

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Provides conflict resolution services free of charge to the community. Examples of disputes that go before mediators include: divorce & separation, child custody, parent/teenager conflicts, landlord/tenant, neighbor conflicts, and workplace disputes. Also offers re-entry mediation for inmates about to released from incarceration. This helps the inmate and family members resolve issues that might lead to recidivism. After the conflict is resolved, a written agreement is made or sometimes the problem just ends with a mutual understanding. Volunteers are being accepted for a variety of duties, including becoming mediators. MSCMC is currently engaged in school based mediation for conflicts in the Dorchester County School System.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 10 AM – 5 PM

Areas Served

Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties.

Mid-Shore Foster Care & Adoption Program

P.O. Box 217, Cambridge, MD 21613

Responsible for regional recruitment efforts of potential foster and adoptive families, and conducts training for prospective foster and adoptive families. Also does child specific recruitment.

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Areas Served

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

People for Better Housing

410-754-7054

410-754-5071

P.O. Box 208, Federalsburg, MD 21632

People for Better Housing is a private non-profit partnership of residents, businesses, and government whose mission is to develop, manage, maintain, and promote safe affordable housing to benefit low and moderate income households. To foster a favorable community environment that includes education recreational and residential services through community partnership.

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Low Income Housing – PBH strongly believes that increasing the amount of affordable housing is part of the solution to ending family homelessness. As such, we have developed and maintained a number of low income housing opportunities in the Maryland area.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 9 AM-3 PM

Ages Served

Caroline & Dorchester Counties

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of Caroline County

410-253-1273

P.O. Box 280, Ridgely, MD 21660

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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Steps in and seeks to rectify any situation in the county in which a person’s civil or human rights are being infringed upon. Also builds community through events such as picnics, Martin Luther King Birthday Observance, and various educational programs. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm at Choptank Electric in Denton.

Eligibility

Membership is open to anyone believing in the basic tenets of the NAACP.

Fees

Youth memberships start at $10.00 annually. Adult memberships are $30.00.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Eastern Shore Office

410-713-3620

201 Baptist Street, Suite 30, Salisbury, MD 21801

Provides mediation services to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers. The Division can also provide information about complaints that have been filed against businesses, tell you if your health club is properly registered, and provide publications to help you make good decisions in the marketplace. The Division also brings law enforcement actions against businesses that harm large numbers of Maryland consumers through unfair and deceptive practices.Consumer Hotline: 410-528-8662, En español 410-230-1712, 888-743-0023 toll-freeMedical Billing/Health Insurance Problems: 877-261-8807 toll-free ​​​​​

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Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM

Maryland Legal Aid

410-763-9676 or 1-800-477-2543

To serve the legal needs of people with limited income in civil matters

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Broad range of free legal services, including legal advice, brief legal assistance, information and referrals, community education and outreach, negotiation and representation in litigation for problems such as housing, health care, government benefits, family, child advocacy, consumer, education and employment issuesMaryland Legal Aid’s general practice covers a wide range of issues including housing, family law, employment, health care, public benefits, and consumer/financial issues. Some offices have special contracts to represent abused and neglected children, clients who are facing legal issues resulting from a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, migrant farmworkers, and clients in danger of losing their home to foreclosure.

Eligibility

Contact the office to go through the eligibility process.

Fees

There are no fees for eligible customers.

Areas Served

The Upper Eastern Shore Office serves Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Kent & Talbot Counties.

Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board USWIB

410-822-1716 ext. 2270

Administrative Offices, PO Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Title I Career and training services related to qualifying for employment are available in the American Job Center in each County’s One-Stop Career Centers; provider of career services and Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA) Training vouchers.

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Employment and training services available without charge for all job seekers, both adults and youth in job connecting skills workshops every month free and open to the public; skills training vouchers to qualify for for available jobs. Access services through the American Job Centers in each county. The Maryland Workforce Exchange is the job matching system available to all at www.mwejobs.maryland.gov

Eligibility

Varies according to program.

Hours of Operation

American Job Center in Caroline County 300 Market Street Denton (410-819-4543) Mon & Thurs Only 8am-4pm

Fees

No fees

Areas Served

American Job Center Locations in Caroline, Talbot, Kent, Queen Anne, and Dorchester Counties.

Ages Served

16 and older

His Hope Ministries

443-448-7297

443-345-3434

105 Gay Street, Denton, MD 21629

His Hope Haven is a cold weather homeless shelter program providing a compassionate, energetic life-saving community resource and ministry. It is a faith-based, non-profit organization striving to provide a spiritually and physically safe Winter Haven for people experiencing homelessness. We provide guidance and temporary housing in a safe and dignified environment and strive to help our guests regain productive and independent lives.If you or someone you know needs homeless assistance, contact us from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. We will conduct a phone interview before completing a comprehensive intake.If you are interested in volunteering, please call the shelter or email info@hishopeministries.org

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His Hope Haven accepts single men and women, as well as family groups, as guests. The shelter opens at 5:30 PM and guests are provided with dinner, breakfast the next morning, and a packed lunch. Shower facilities are available. Guests leave at 9 AM each morning. Guests without transportation are driven into Denton, and picked up there later. The drop off and pickup area is in the parking lot of the court house across from the Episcopal Church on Gay Street.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

all ages

Priority Partners Community Health Advocate Program

1-800-654-9728

6704 Curtis Court, Glen Burnie, MD 21060

Priority Partners’ Community Health Advocate Program offers no cost educational health presentations and materials to low and moderate income individuals and families. Workshops and classes give participants the opportunity to learn about a variety of medical conditions and provide valuable preventative health information.

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Community health advocate presentations cover key health topics like pregnancy, diabetes, smoking cessation, asthma, immunizations, nutrition and obesity, and heart health. Notable topics like “What to do When Your Child is Sick” and “ask Me Three”, a national prize winning program on how to be your own health advocate, are also offered along with many more topics focused on encouraging healthy behaviors and improving health. There is no cost for the presentations and participants walk away equipped with valuable information and fun give-a-ways. Community health advocates are also available to participate in local health fairs and community events.

Fees

None

Areas Served

Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, and Caroline Counties

Board of Child Care – Denton Residential Campus

410-479-1743, x5909

410-479-3674

Enriching communities, one family at a time.

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The Eastern Shore Campus provides therapeutic residential services to male youth, ages 14-21. Residents are provided therapeutic, academic, behavioral and life skills supports to assist them in building skills to overcome emotional and behavioral issues particularly in response to developmental and complex trauma.