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ACSGW currently provides case management, food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, health and fitness programs, technology education, and job-training.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You Can Make a Change
Helping our youths attain self-sufficiency and independence via quality academic and vocational programs, life-skill training and more!
ACSGW offers various classes with the goal of helping you to become self-sufficeint. Classes are very reasonably priced to help us pay for the instructors and to ensure that clients are invested in their education.
ACSGW offers various types of assistance to qualifying local community members. The specific qualifications vary for different types of assistance.
ACSGW stands ready to help our community through any disaster and is prepared to offer assistance in the form of case management, food, clothing, household goods and other support.
ACSGW operates the swimming pool located in the Piney Branch Elementary School under a contract with the Montgomery County government and offers various programs for youth, adults and seniors.
A Day in the life of ACSGW
Your trusted source for community care
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.”
The ACSGW Board Chair
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
Mayor Kate Stewart
Takoma Park, MD
From the Mother of a Making Tracks Summer Camp Student
Addressing the CORONA VIRUS Pandemic
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