Family and Children's Services expands

June 18, 2006

Family and Children's Services is expanding its services at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a "one-stop shop" of services for individuals and families in need of counseling or other assistance. The organization opened its North Laurel office two years ago.

Among the nonprofit organizations to join Family and Children's Services in North Laurel will be Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center, FIRN (a Howard County nonprofit organization providing services to immigrants) and the Community Action Council.

Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people, and a "Healthy Families" program for first-time parents. The agency accepts third-party insurance and charges uninsured clients on a sliding scale.

The Community Action Council, available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, helps with eviction prevention, a food bank, energy assistance and crisis intervention. Walk-ins are welcome. Information or to schedule an appointment: 301-498-7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. She is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, applying for a tax identification number (ITIN), legal referrals, birth certificates, housing, passports, and other needs. Walk-in clients are welcome. Information: 301-498-7509, ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, ext. 12.

The Domestic Violence Center will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272.

Grassroots' counselor Dianne DeSantis will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to help with crisis situations. Information: 301-498-7509, ext. 302, or call the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

The Family and Children's Services office, 9105 All Saints Road in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Information: 301-398-7509.

Rec council plans summer concerts

The volunteers of the South Laurel Recreation Council will sponsor the 28th annual Montpelier Summer Concert Series on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion on Route 197 at Muirkirk Road in Laurel.

The free two-hour performances will be held June 30, July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 11. The Bill Mott Band will perform June 30.

Parking is free; handicapped parking is available near the Montpelier drive and Muirkirk Road entrances, off Route 197, a quarter-mile west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Information: 301-776-2805.

Around Town

Movie, garden tips -- The Savage library branch, 9525 Durness Lane, will show the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7 p.m. June 28. Registration is required.

"Ask a Master Gardener," a drop-in program for those with questions about gardening or problem plants, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library. Take a sample of the plant in question.

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