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Riverside Rentals Sober Living

410-482-4089

Riverside Rentals offers a series of Sober Living houses on the Eastern Shore of Maryland providing safe and stable housing for people in recovery. Each house features state of the art security and on-site house management. Residents are expected to maintain their sobriety and be productive members of the community.

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Area

Greensboro

Trans Lifeline

877-565-8860

Trans lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis. It is the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender.

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Hours of Operation

10am-4am, volunteers may be available during off hours

Maryland Big Tree Program

610-467-1247

The Big Tree Program originated in Maryland in 1925, went national in 1940, and is run by American Forests, www.americanforests.org. Each state has a State Coordinator who collects data, measures trees, and biannually submits certain trees to American Forests as potential National Champions. In Maryland, the DNR Forest Service handled the program until 2007 when budget cuts forced them to transfer responsibility to the Maryland State Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards, a volunteer group. The Cecil Forestry Board handles the day-to-day operation for the State. We are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for Urban and Community Programming, and partially by grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Please visit the Maryland Big Tree website at www.mdbigtrees.com to learn more.There are many reasons why the program started and continues to this day. First, it serves to reward those owners who care for their big trees. About 90% of our registered trees are “backyard trees,” as opposed to forest-grown trees. Trees grown in back yards tend to have less competition and receive more nutrients and water from the owners (lawn fertilizers often benefit the trees more than the lawn). Each big tree owner receives a certificate, a thank you letter, and a list of the trees of that species registered in Maryland. Second, the program provides a reference for scientific studies. From time to time I am contacted by researchers who are studying a particular species and need to know where the big examples are located. Third, the program provides a record over time of changes to species distribution. Thirty years ago one would not find examples of Southern magnolias and crape myrtles in northern Maryland; today they are very common. The program helps to document these changes. Finally the program provides locations of rare and unusual species for those who wish to improve their knowledge and identification skills, and common examples for school-based projects.Trees are the cheapest and perhaps the most effective way now available to remove pollutants from the air and nitrogen and phosphorus from non-point pollution sources before they enter the Chesapeake Bay. While it is important to promote the planting of trees to reduce Bay pollution, it is also important to encourage the protection of “backyard” trees, as they are a critical component of our efforts to clean our air and water. In addition the cooling effect of large shade trees in summer should not be minimized as we consider ways to reduce our energy consumption. Citizens who plant, maintain and protect “backyard” trees should be recognized and thanked for their efforts. As volunteers with the Maryland Big Tree Program, we are happy to do so.

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Veteran Representative

410-822-3030x344 or 443-699-4603

410-820-9966

Sharon Egerson visits the Denton branch of the Caroline County Public Library every Thursday from 1pm-3pm to advise veterans about programs and benefits that are available to them.

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Maryland WholeHome

1-800-638-7781

7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706

The Maryland WholeHome Program can help you make valuable repairs and enhancements to your home that can lower your family’s monthly utility bills and improve your quality of life.Maryland WholeHome grants and loans can be used to upgrade to energy efficient appliances, repair or replace heating and cooling systems, replace insulation, add accessibility features for seniors or those with special needs, remove lead paint, upgrade plumbing, and address structural and maintenance issues. With low-interest rate loans and grants, having a healthier home that saves money is easier than ever.We offer a range of programs that help homeowners maintain safe, comfortable and accessible homes for their families. These programs help Maryland homeowners invest in affordable improvements that can help save money on heating and cooling costs, enhance livability for senior residents and those with special needs, and make repairs to meet building codes for safer living.Loans and grants are based on what type of work is needed, as well as household income and ability to repay. The maximum interest rate is 4% and may be as low as zero,payments may be deferred, and there is no application fee.

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Homeless Veterans Reintigration Program, Veteran Employment Assistance Services

410-742-4950x115

410-749-0442

521 Mack Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21802

The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) at St James AME Zion Church was established by the Department of Labor to help homeless veterans get back on their feet by:-Individualized support based on specific needs-Employment support services such as job related equipment, clothing, transportation, and other services for independence-Training and remedial education, job preparation services, trade certification, and licensing assistance-Referral for other services or treatments

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