Bethesda Cares works to prevent, ease, and end homelessness throughout Montgomery County. For some clients, homelessness is a difficult but transitory state, while for others living on the streets is ... a way of life. Through street outreach and a drop-in center (where people often gather for warmth and coffee), staff slowly and methodically work to build clients’ trust. Many then choose to join the daily meal program, use the showers and clothing closet, and access counseling and, ultimately, assistance with housing placement. Once housing is secured, a specialist steps in to connect clients to social services and to ensure a successful transition. For people who have housing but could lose it because of financial crises, small grants (sent directly to landlords or utility providers) prevent eviction, keeping hundreds of our neighbors safely housed each year. Your support shows you care too.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; Street Outreach: ; Wheaton; Silver Spring; Kensington; Rockville Pike; Chevy Chase; Bethesda; White Oak; Takoma Park; Glenmont; Veterans Services - All Montgomery County; Homeless Prevention - All Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees

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