Social Services Dept. joins aid agencies at center

North Laurel/Savage

December 24, 2006

Representatives from the Department of Social Services will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 3, at the Multiservice Center in North Laurel to help residents in need apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance.

The department joins the Community Action Council, Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, FIRN, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the Legal Aid Bureau in offering services at the center in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road.

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. Third-party insurance is accepted; uninsured clients pay on a sliding scale.

The Community Action Council, available from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with food, eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention. 301-498- 7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Lilly is fluent in Spanish and can assist with many needs, including medical bills, applying for a tax identification number, legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-ins are welcome. 301- 498-7509, Ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, Ext. 12.

The Domestic Violence Center is available to help people in immediate crisis from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498- 7509 or 410-997-2272 (a 24-hour hot line).

Counselor Dianne DeSantis of Grassroots is available from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to help with crisis resolution. 301-498-7509, Ext. 302, or the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau will be available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. 301-498-7509.

The office is open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The office will be closed tomorrow and New Year's Day.

Information: 301-498-7509.

College center plans information session

The Laurel College Center, a partnership between Howard Community College and Prince George's Community College, will hold an information session for prospective students from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the center, 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel.

Participants will have a chance to tour the center, talk with academic and financial aid advisers, and learn how to apply and register for credit and noncredit courses.

The Laurel College Center offers associate's degrees in business administration, general studies, criminal justice, nursing, applied information technology and other fields.

Information will be presented on the benefits of taking courses or earning a degree, obtaining employment, earning promotions, boosting income and sharpening one's personal image.

Faculty members and representatives from the offices of admissions and records, financial aid, career and job service will be available to answer questions. Prospective students are welcome to attend any time during the event.

Information: 866-228-6110, or

Around Town

Help needed -- Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services Inc. is seeking donors to help provide food and gifts for about 150 families during the holidays. Donors can participate in an Adopt-a-Family program, providing food and gifts for a family or purchasing grocery gift cards, gift certificates and toys for the organization to distribute to those who have not been adopted. Turkeys and hams, and other items are also needed for holiday food baskets. Moonyeen Prosser, 301-776- 0442.

Tree lighting -- Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold a tree-lighting ceremony as a remembrance for members of the community and to raise funds for the hospital. Residents are asked to donate at least $5 to purchase a white light for this year's tree. A donation of $100 will purchase a gold "life" light; $500 will purchase a red "eternal" light to be displayed each year. Gifts of $100 or more will be acknowledged on the Wall of Honor in the hospital lobby; contributions of less than $100 are acknowledged on the Tree of Lights Scroll of Honor, displayed through the end of the month. 240-456-4764 or 301- 362-2070.

History of Savage -- The Savage Historical Society's 2007 calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," which features the art of Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., can be ordered. 301-725-1241.

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