A mental health first responder for those individuals or groups experiencing a mental health crisis. Emergency psychological assessment, intervention for individuals, family and community crisis events.
Although it typically assists persons with mental health, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse issues, it also helps individuals and families or communities overwhelmed in a situational crisis; such as a victim of crime, hostage situation, witness to violence.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a long-standing self-help organization for people who want to stop drinking or using other drugs. AA uses a 12-step program based on a spiritual connection to a higher power (such as God) to help people overcome their addictions. Although the program’s success has not been validated by scientific study, it has helped many people.
Meetings are available in most communities at various times. Meetings can be “open” (for the person and his or her family) or “closed” (for the person only). Special groups for women, teens, and gay people are available in some areas. Phone numbers for local offices are listed in local area phone books.
Services include: crisis intervention, crisis and follow-up counseling, safety planning, danger assessment, referral services, and victim advocacy. DV/SAC also trains medical staff to ensure a caring and efficient domestic violence response. DV/SAC operates 24/7 and offers free services.
Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc. (SEED)
Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) is a health and human services agency that provides food, clothing, education, and training, while promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment, directly to low- to moderate-income families and communities. SEED operates an emergency food distribution center and clothes closet, a K-8 public charter school, and a before and after school tutoring program, and is also a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.
Food, utilities and housing assistance for Prince George’s residents. United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) offers various services and programs to assist low and moderate-income families with their bills. Emergency food and shelter, mortgage/rental/utility assistance, food pantry, job training, computer classes, and more are available. They have several locations and offices around the county.
Provides food referrals, emergency transportation and home delivered meals to residents in needs. Coverage area Bowie, Crofton and Mitchellville.
P.O. Box 858
Bowie, MD 20718
Elizabeth House/FISH of Laurel
Runs a food pantry and meal kitchen. Financial assistance may be available to provide direct financial assistance to Laurel residents for utilities (will pay up to $100 once a year only directly to the utility provider) and limited prescription assistance for Laurel residents.
For residents of Prince George’s County that are qualified for MEAP, there may be additional assistance for utility bills. Other services include free holiday meals, shelter, crisis assistance, a thrift store, and possible one-time help for back rent or housing costs.
Department of Social Services Homelessness Prevention Program
Provides Counseling, information and referrals; Landlord and tenant mediation; Follow-up and linkages to other available resources; Ongoing community outreach and training through the Community Outreach Program (COP).
One of the primary non-profit agencies to contact for help. They offer rent assistance and help residents apply for heating and utility help. They also run crisis intervention programs, a holiday assistance program and food pantry.
Provides limited assistance in paying bills. The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make their energy costs more affordable and help with loss prevention and the restoration of home energy service. This includes the MEAP program.
Children in foster care who have aCASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they’re half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. By getting involved with CASA, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in you community. Get involved, and change a child’s story.