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Bethesda Cares reaches out daily (especially on frigid days/nights) to over 100 people living on the streets, the majority of whom are over 60. They also help prevent homelessness with one-time grants to individuals/families facing eviction, and they help place people experiencing homelessness in housing with an average grant of $1,600 to help cover the initial security deposit and one month’s rent.
Some of you may remember a man died in his car overnight last winter in the Giant parking lot on Arlington in Bethesda. We can all join the effort to help those experiencing homelessness and to contribute to ending the scourge of homelessness. (See below for more information on Bethesda Cares)
This event is being sponsored by Town residents Christina Files and Scott Fosler. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served. _______________________Bethesda Cares was founded in 1988. Their drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness is located at 7728 Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda, and it is open five days a week. The center served nearly 1,000 people in 2017 offering them a place to feel welcome, coffee, snacks, and social work and psychiatric services. They also served over 15,000 hot meals last year with the help of four area churches (lunch offered daily and dinner on Sunday). In addition, they work with the County Housing Stabilization Program providing once a year safety net grants to help with utility bills and/or rent and mortgage payments for people on the edge of eviction. They also worked with government agencies and partners last year to help house 56 homeless veterans. And, last but not least, their outreach team goes out daily to help people on the streets. Bethesda Cares has a staff of 15 people (full and part-time), a $1.2 million budget and lots of volunteers who cook and serve food, sort clothes, provide medical care, help in the office or with the weekly shower program. Their biggest budget item is for outreach work with people living on the streets.