Assistance

Visiting Angels

443-746-0494

443-552-0948

To help seniors who need a helping hand.

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Service

Personal care, hygiene assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, running errands, and general companionship.

Fees

We have a variety of package options – arrange for your free in-home assessment to hear all about them.

Areas Served

Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties

Benedictine School & Adult Services

410-634-2112

410-634-2640

14299 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, MD 21660

Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

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Service

The Benedictine School is a year round day and residential school which provides individualized programming with a high staff to student ratio and a multidisciplinary approach. The Adult Program, for ages 21 and over, provides residential and vocational support services and is open all year.

Eligibility

The Benedictine School is for ages 5-21 living with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and autism. For the Adult Services program, one has to be age 21 or over and have developmental disabilities.

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

Caroline County Department of Social Services- Office of Home Energy Programs

410-819-4484

410-819-4505

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) helps low-income Maryland citizens pay their heating bills, minimize heating crises, and make energy costs more affordable.

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Service

The Office of Home Energy administers a number of programs. The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides assistance with home heating bills. Limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces. The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) assists eligible low-income electric customers with their electric bills. Assistance is available whether you are an active customer or you are currently without service. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) may provide home weatherization services to eligible individuals such as weather stripping, caulking, plastic window covering, etc. to help make your home or apartment more fuel efficient and comfortable at no cost. The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) protects low-income families from utility cut-offs and allows MEAP eligible households to enter into a year-round even monthly payment program with their utility company. Call the office for more information or download the application online. OHEP is a year round program. You can apply any time during the year, but you must re-apply each fiscal year (July-June).

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Family Investment Program

410-819-4500

410-819-4504

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

To encourage people to be self-sufficient and provide them opportunities and support to achieve that goal.

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Service

Employment services (see Caroline County Career Center), Temporary Cash Assistance, Welfare Avoidance Grants, Emergency Assistance to Families with Children, Child Care Subsidy, Temporary Disability Assistance, Public Assistance to Adults, Food Supplement Program benefits, Medical Assistance, and Long Term Care Medical Assistance. There is a Burial Assistance program that helps qualified families with burial costs for loved ones. There is a Spanish interpreter available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 1:00 to assist in completing the application for the Food Supplement Program. Call for application procedure.

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements vary according to each program.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM

Fees

All services are free.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

All ages

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Child Welfare Unit

410-819-4523

410-819-4501

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

The Caroline County Department of Social Services is an agency of the state Department of Human Resources. It is the mission of the Department to aggressively pursue opportunities to assist people in economic need, increase prevention efforts and protect vulnerable children and adults. Our vision is a county where people independently support themselves and their families and where individuals are safe from abuse and neglect. To this end, the Department is responsible for a continuum of human service programs that must be assured to all in need. Primarily, Federal and State Governments fund these programs.

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Service

This Child Welfare Services Division provides child physical and sexual abuse and neglect investigative services, continuing child protective services,intensive family services, foster care, kinship care, adoption, licensing of foster/adoptive families, and court ordered home evaluations. Parenting classes are offered periodically. There are certain eligibility requirements for some of the family service programs.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

Children under the age of 18.

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Adult Services Unit

410-819-4500

410-819-4578

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

“We envision Caroline County as a diverse and inclusive community that provides a protective and healthy environment in which individuals and families are economically stable, safe from abuse and neglect, and have achieved and maintained their maximum potential for independence and well being.”

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Service

Adult Protective Services Unit investigates vulnerable adult abuse (elder and non-elder), neglect, self-neglect and exploitation. The Adult Services Unit also offers services to seniors, services to non-aged adults, Project Home licensing and case management, In-Home Aide service, and Emergency Assistance to Adults. Provides referrals to homeless individuals during business hours, but those requiring homeless assistance outside of regular business hours can contact the Sheriff’s Department at 410-479-2515.

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements vary according to program.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Fees

Some fees based on income

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

Adults aged 18 and older.

American Job Center

410-819-4549; (410-819-4543)

410-819-4503

300 Market Street Denton, MD 21629

The Caroline County Career Center is a partnership built to provide employment-related services through a seamless delivery system. Partners include the Caroline County Department of Social Services, the Workforce Investment Office, Adult Education, the Division of Rehabilitation Service, and the Department of Labor.

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Service

The center offers job readiness training, job skills enhancement, employment referrals, career counseling, case management, resume assistance, special programs and workshops, and assistance making job contacts. Special assistance available to veterans.

Hours of Operation

Mon & Thurs 8 AM-4 PM

Areas Served

Caroline County

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Community Assistance Programs

410-819-4500

410-819-4501

P.O. Box 100, Denton, MD 21629

The volunteer office serves as the point of contact for persons to donate goods and services to the community at large. They are able to provide children with school supplies at the beginning of the school year, toys, clothing, and other items for Christmas.

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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM

Caroline County Economic Development

410-479-4188

9194 Legion Road, Suite 1, Denton, MD 21629

To oversee economic development efforts in Caroline County.

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Service

We help Caroline County businesses with expansion projects, workforce development, and infrastructure. We lead business attraction efforts for the county as well as assist small businesses and entrepreneurs launch new businesses. Our office manages the County’s small business loan program.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm (Office may not be staffed, but can be reached through mobile at 410-829-2763)