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Adventist Community Services, GW
Your trusted source for community compassion

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome to Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington*

Your trusted source for community compassion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Generously helping the disadvantaged and disenfranchised in the community attain self-sufficiency and independence since 1983
 
 
 

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Who Are We
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW) was established in 1983 as the collective health and welfare service of several local church congregations.  Today, ACSGW is a faith-based, non-profit, organization whose mission helps those less fortunate in our community.

We are a team of donors, community partners, staff, and volunteers who empower those in need through compassionate emergency care, life education, and community development.  ACSGW currently provides food, diapers, free thrift shop, youth development, health and fitness, technology education, and workforce skills.


We invite you to join the team at Adventist Community Services in serving the community and help implement this rewarding mission. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 You Can Share in the ACSGW Mission and Help Make Miracles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miracles happen every day at ACSGW, especially during Covid-19. Dedicated volunteers come in, put on all their protective gear, and serve the community with emergency food boxes and diapers.  Faithful donors and partners enable food distribution at the ACSGW center and at satellite locations in the Silver Spring area. Generous donors and organizations in the community continue to join to allow ACSGW to more than quadruple its service to the food insecure during this pandemic! The help families are getting in many cases is a matter of their survival.

Like everyone else, the ACSGW team is hoping for the miracle of a break-through discovery that will take us from the Covid-19 nightmare, from job loss and shelter-in-place, and back to a sense of normalcy. Until then your help making every day miracles is needed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Programs That ACSGW Donors and Supporters Help Provide

 
 
 
 

Assistance

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The ACSGW team helps stabilize families in need.  Even in normal times, many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet.  They often struggle to clothe themselves and their families, put food on the table, and find the resources they need to exist, let alone survive, in our fast-moving society. In times of major disaster, like Covid-19, your donations and help can literally mean survival.

 
 
 
 

Emergency Relief

 
 
 
 
 

Fortunately, disasters do not strike often, but when they do, they can be overwhelming. We need your help as the ACSGW teams works to provide food, clothing, and household goods to help people get back on their feet.  When someone is in crisis, the team rallies around with welcoming support.  ACSGW is known for its inclusiveness, compassion, and responsiveness.  Clients tell us when they were ready to give up, ACSGW gave them hope. 

 
 
 
 
 

Education

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ACSGW understands that most people want to take care of themselves and their families.  ACSGW offers a hand in helping people learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient.  Clients tell us that being self-sufficient allows them to have a feeling of dignity. The newly learned skills also assist them in obtaining employment and career advancement. Workforce training programs include classes offered in ESOL, computer literacy, computer repair, and workplace software.

 
 
 
 
 

Youth Development

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The youth from low-income families may not always receive healthy, nutritious meals, and they consistently score lower on academic tests. The ACSGW Making Tracks Academic Enrichment Program is a nationally recognized Montgomery County summer program conducted by ACSGW and its community partners.  This 6-week camp provides vital academic instruction, hands-on visual and performing arts classes, fitness and recreational activities and essential life-skill training. Participants receive daily breakfast and lunch meals, as well as take-home weekend food packages (Smart Snacks).

Your help is needed to deliver this program and others to our marginalized youth and their families in Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and other East Montgomery County communities as we invest in their future. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Health and Wellness

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Exercise and the life skill of swimming is important to all of us. ACSGW contracts with the Montgomery County Government to operate the public swimming pool in the Piney Branch Elementary School. ACSGW also regularly conducts health screenings and provides health-related workshops throughout the community. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Other Programs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


When the needs of our clients cannot be met with ACSGW programs - referrals are made. During the case management process clients are interviewed to understand their needs and qualifications for various assistance programs with other non-profit and government organizations. With this information, it assists clients in finding resources to aid them in difficult times. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Our Education, Health and Wellness, and Youth Development programs that are greyed out are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.  Watch for updates.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Testimonials​​​​​​​


"The challenge is immense, the resources are inadequate, but the volunteers, staff and board are endlessly eager and yearning to lift up those who cannot single handedly save themselves from the tragedies of life.

May God bless us all as we endeavor to comfort the weary, encourage those with little or no hope, and feed their bodies and their souls.”​​​​​​​


Steve Brennwald

The ACSGW Board Chair
 
 
"It was one of the worst days of my life. We were desperate to get away from there - I was too afraid to go back and get our things. You all gave us food and had us shop for clothes.

You gave the kids toys to help calm them down. You helped get my older kid on to school and encouraged us to come back. It’s really caring here, regardless of the situation somebody’s in."


From a client who was a victim of spousal abuse
 
 
 
 
"Oh my, oh my. I didn’t see a way out until I came here, and with your help and that of my pastor I feel more secure, hopeful and confident. These are loving hearts open to the needs of every one of us regardless of creed or color. The food and clothing is an enormous help to my survival. The workers inside the Food Distribution Department—they are courteous, loving and kind; and through God’s care, make sure clients’ needs are adequately met. Thank you thank you! God bless you all!"

Val
"The Piney Branch Pool is an essential, low cost recreation and exercise resource for Takoma Park and area residents, including many low income families."

Mayor Kate Stewart

Takoma Park, MD
 
"Sometimes food from ACSGW is the difference between eating or not.  . . . ACSGW’s program is available to anyone, even when they are not eligible for other government funded programs and are just plain hungry! "

Cherise

Social Worker
"Me and my friends feel the same way. Good programs are not available to most of us in East County. The ones we can afford only run a week or two and don’t have learning activities."

From the Mother of a Making Tracks Summer Camp Student

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