Lifelong Takoma Resource List
About the Lifelong Takoma Resource List
The Lifelong Takoma Program provides help to residents who request assistance by linking them to resources that meet their needs or interests. Below is a list, organized by topic area, of resources that such residents may find useful.
Lifelong Takoma Resource List
Lifelong Takoma Resource ListTable: Lifelong Takoma Resource List.
The Lifelong Takoma Program provides help to residents who request assistance by linking them to resources that meet their needs or interests. Click on a resource to jump to detailed information about what it offers, links, and contact information (if available.)
Aging & Disability
Website: Aging & Disability Resources Unit
The Aging & Disability Resources Unit is a Montgomery County department that provides information and/or assistance for seniors, people with disabilities and/or caregivers. The Unit can be reached at 240-777-3000. The Unit is open Monday and Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
The Center for Financial Literacy at Boston College has an engaging educational quiz that helps retirees target potential habits that hinder their retirement goals.
You can take the quiz on the Center for Financial Literacy at Boston College website: Financial Literacy Quiz.
This resource provides a quick guide to financial literacy: A Quick Guide to Financial Literacy on the Web
Financial Literacy on the Web is an in-depth report that assesses personal finance websites. First, this report identifies three categories or Models of personal finance websites. Second, within each Model, the report describes sites that demonstrate its best features and lists pros and cons. The report selected the featured sites for their content, which is helpful in shaping personal financial decisions.
Social Security Administration office is available to discuss your retirement benefits. The address of the Silver Spring Social Security Office is 10230 New Hampshire Ave, suite 304, Silver Spring, MD 20903. Their phone number is 800-772-1213. The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except on Wednesdays the office closes at 12:00 PM.
Website: Montgomery County Medicare
Medicare is health insurance that the United States government provides for people ages 65 and older. It also covers some people younger than 65 who have disabilities and people who have long-term (chronic) kidney failure who need dialysis or a transplant.
Medicare helps pay for most hospital services and doctor visits. It also helps pay for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and some other home health services.
But Medicare doesn’t cover everything. It doesn’t pay for:
- Long-term care. This is different from short-term care to recover from an illness or injury.
- Dental and vision care.
- Hearing aids.
For more information visit the Montgomery County Medicare website.
Bill Paying Assistance
Website: The Senior Connection
The Senior Connection also offers a Bill Payer Program. They coordinate with volunteers to provide individual hands-on help to seniors who are no longer able to navigate their monthly bill paying obligations. Through the Bill Payer Program, seniors maintain a higher quality of life – staying in control of their own finances and providing measures to prevent identity theft and fraud. These services are also provided free of charge, and offered in partnership with the AARP Foundation’s Money Manager Program, and in cooperation with the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM). This program is also means-tested for income and age requirements. The contact for the program is Mary Murphy, Program Director. She can be reached at 301-942-1049.
Website: Howard University Dental Clinic
The Howard University Dental Clinic provides dental care and treatments. This resource is useful for residents of all ages, including those 55+. The address is Howard University College of Dentistry, 600 W St., NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20001. They have the CIAP Program, which focuses specifically on providing dental treatments for seniors. The program operates on a walk-in basis on the 3rd floor. The clinic is open Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
For more information, contact Ms. Rodgers at 240-499-6010 and leave a detailed message. You may also just want to go to the clinic to gain more information and be treated.
You can also contact the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. They also treat people of all ages. The school is located at 650 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Following screening, you will be referred to the appropriate clinic for treatment. They do provide advanced dentistry, which includes root canals and dentures. Prices are generally 20-50 percent cheaper than at a private practice. To schedule an appointment for screening, call 410-706-7063.
Website: Educare Support Services
Educare Support Services is a non-profit organization that provides food for those in need. They can be reached at 240-450-2092. The organization has a food pantry and also delivers monthly allotment of perishable and non-perishable food to seniors and those with disabilities in the City of Takoma Park.
Website: Manna Food Center
Manna Food Center is another non-profit organization that provides food for those in need. They can be reached at 301-424-1130. This non-profit has a food pantry and delivers to addresses in the community. Financial qualification but there are no age limits.
Website: Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park
Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park provides prepared meals to homebound residents. They can be reached at 301-434-1922. Jill Feasley is the program manager.
Website: The Senior Connection
The Senior Connection offers a grocery shopping program to seniors. Volunteers either escort the senior to the store or personally shop for them and help with putting the groceries away upon returning. This program is means-tested based on income and age. The Senior Connection can be reached at 301-962-0820 for more information.
Website: Maryland Legal Aid
Maryland Legal Aid, which can be reached at 1-866-635-2948, also provides assistance with Long-Term Care. The Long-Term Care Assistance Project provides free legal assistance to help low-income persons obtain long-term health care. They help clients get the services and support they need, wherever they want to live, whether it be in their homes, in the community through assisted living, or in nursing homes.
The Maryland Legal Aid Property Assistance Foreclosure Line, 1-888-213-3320, is a resource for home owners of all ages. The Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project represents low-income homeowners throughout Maryland at all stages of the foreclosure process, including, mediations, motions to stay and dismiss sales, bankruptcies, exceptions to sales, motions for order of possessions, and evictions. Advice and referrals are provided to those who they are unable to represent.
Website: Montgomery County Legal Aid
Montgomery County Legal Aid is a County resource that residents may call for general legal assistance of all kinds. They can be reached at 240-314-0373. Financial qualifications apply.
Medical Supplies & Equipment
The Lutheran Church of St. Andrews Medical Loan Closet has a large assortment of free items that range from special drink formulas to walkers. Anyone regardless of age can access their resources. Marilee is the coordinator of their program. She can be reached at 301-384-4394. You pick up items, or if you are unable, the church will deliver them to your home at no charge. There are no financial restrictions. The address is 15300 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20905. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Also, feel free to ask Marilee about the caregiver support group.
Mental Health Services
Website: JSSA (Jewish Social Services Agency)
JSSA (Jewish Social Services Agency), offers in- office and in-home counseling services. The phone number for counseling services at JSSA is 301-816-2633. You will need to leave a message on their intake line. Kris, Monica, or Michelle will return your call within 24 to 48 hours.
Free or Affordable Vehicles
Website: Free Charity Cars
You may want to call 1-800-Charity-Cars (1-800- 242-7849.) Their website has additional information at www.freecharitycars.org.
Website: Vehicles for Change
Also, there is Vehicles for Change. This nonprofit sells inexpensive, older-model cars to families who need them but don’t have much money. Car prices start at $750, and the organization provides loans. Diedre Smith (410-242-9674) is the person to talk with and ask about a deeply discounted older model car.
Website: Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
Montgomery County Maryland offers three rent assistance programs. These are the Rental Assistance Program (RAP), the Handicapped Rental Assistance Program (HRAP), and the Supportive Housing Rental Assistance Program (SHRAP) . The RAP Program provides limited monthly assistance with paying rent to low-income seniors as well as individuals and families with disabilities. The Handicapped Rental Assistance Program (HRAP) will give monthly assistance to people who reside in a group home that is licensed either by Montgomery County or the State of Maryland, provided the person in the home has a mental illness, which gives him or her a disabling medical condition.
The Supportive Housing Rental Assistance Program (SHRAP) provides those in need with supportive housing, and it will give them a monthly housing subsidy or rent grant and also provide service coordination to Maryland households that are low-income. SHRAP helps both single adults and families with children. For information on these programs, call 240-777-4400.
Ministries United Silver Spring Takoma Park Inc. (MUSST)‘s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to eligible persons living in the lower Silver Spring/Takoma Park, Maryland area who face the threat of eviction, utility discontinuance or who cannot pay for medical prescriptions. MUSST volunteers also help clients to receive other kinds of assistance by screening to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and then referring them for food, clothing, furniture, dental or eye care services through other area agencies. You may reach MUSST for requests at 301-495-4699, 8818 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring. Their hours vary, so it may be best to call before visiting their offices.
Another nonprofit that provides financial assistance is Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities of Montgomery County administers numerous assistance programs, including emergency financial assistance with rent, mortgage, heating bills and utilities, food pantry, holiday baskets and other aid. They have several churches and Family Service Centers in the County. One location is in Silver Spring, Maryland (301-942-1790).
Website: Call n’ Ride
Montgomery County has different kinds of transportation. Some of these include Call n’ Ride which can be reached at 301-948-5409. It is a subsidized taxi service program for low-income seniors over age 67 or 18 years or older with a disability.
Website: Metro Access
Metro Access provides transportation to residents who have disabilities. This resource is provided through the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) which can be reached at 202-637-7000. Qualifications apply.
Website: Village of Takoma Park
VillageRides provides free transportation. It is a volunteer ride program offered through the nonprofit, Village of Takoma Park. Rides need to be scheduled a week in advance, and can be used for rides to doctor appointments, church, grocery shopping, events, etc. For more information or to schedule a ride, call 301-646-2109.
Website: Ride On
Ride-On is provided through Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation is and can be reached at 240-777-0311. Residents who are 65 years and above, as well as residents who have disabilities, pay a reduced fee or ride for free. Financial and medical qualifications apply.
Service Dog Assistance
Website: Land of PureGold Foundation
The Land of PureGold Foundation provides grant money that could help you gain treatment for your service dog. In order to apply, go to grants.landofpuregold.com to download and complete an application. Then send your application to Land of Pure Gold Foundation, 3731 Greenway Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. The phone number is 410-363-1434.
Social & Wellness Events
Website: Lifelong Takoma
The Aging Well Network holds monthly “meet ups.” These are lively, free events that include socializing, food, conversation and music. For more information you may go to the , review the Lifelong Link under the “Building Community” header in the Takoma Park Newsletter, or contact Karen at email@example.com or 301-891-7232.
The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County offers a Friendly Visitor Program. This program offers friendship and emotional support to seniors that are home-bound, isolated and often lonely. Each program participant is matched with a trained volunteer who shares similar interests. Volunteers visit participants each week, and unique friendships are formed. To learn more about the program, email or call Tammy Schmidt, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-424-0656 ext. 507.
This program is channeled through the Village of Takoma Park. A resident who has interest in having a Friendly Visitor come to visit with them at their home, in the City of Takoma Park, can also call the Village of Takoma Park at 301-646-2109. A volunteer working for the Village will complete a referral and send it to the Friendly Visitors program on a resident’s behalf. The resident will be contacted afterwards.