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Delmarva Community Services financial assistance programs.

Partnering with the Dorchester County DCS, the non-profit Delmarva Community Action Center provides help to seniors, the disabled, and less fortunate. Based on the qualifications of the applicant and other conditions, some examples of the resources available are below.

A free food Bank is available. It provides groceries to qualifying households, with quantities determined according to how many people live in the household and their income. There may be some special Thanksgiving or Christmas meals served too.

Foreclosure assistance is an option as well. The agency makes counseling and advice in regard to finding solutions to mortgage delinquency or other issues that may lead to homelessness.

Emergency rental assistance is limited, but is a possibility. In some cases, Delmarva Community Services provides short-term financial aid for paying back rent that is owed in order to stop an eviction. In addition, specialists teach participants ways to manage finances in order to have a secure accommodation in the future.

During the spring, the county coordinates free tax return preparation and electronic filing to those who are unable to prepare their own returns. This is especially valuable for low-income senior citizens or families with children. This is the case as volunteers are trained in ensuring that they receive any deductions to which they are entitled, such as child care deductions.

Home rehabilitation includes repairs to low and moderate-income individuals and to those who are disabled. It can lead to a more pleasant, comfortable, and healthy living environment for the resident. Some of the improvements available in Dorchester County may include refitting bathrooms, installing of ramps, and performing other repairs and enhancements to increase mobility and accessibility.

The DCS MAC advocacy services promote and protect the rights of the seniors in the county. The resources include the Senior Information and Assistance Program, Insurance Counseling Program, and Long Term Care Advocacy.

There are also numerous Senior Centers in Cambridge and Hurlock Maryland. The locations offer a wide variety of social services, assistance programs, and activities for the elderly. The locations are at Cambridge Center, 2450 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD 21613, 410-221-1920 and Hurlock Center, 6210 Shiloh Church-Hurlock Rd., Hurlock, Maryland, call 410-943-1106. It includes the following.




  • Meals in a congregate setting. They will be hot, nutritious lunches. At the same time, the elderly can partake in a number of activities such as computer classes, workshops on nutrition education and more.
  • Other assistance at the senior centers include referrals, information, and support. Some individuals may even receive transportation to a meal site in Dorchester County or maybe Meals on Wheels.

Run in partnership with the local United Way, the Home-Delivered Meal Program helps provide homebound seniors or the disabled with the nutrition they need to maintain good health and overall quality of life.

This Meals on Wheels service can be a vital resource to those who are without access to transportation, are confined to bed or are not able to cook for themselves. In addition to furnishing nutritious the fresh food to the person, Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery drivers from Delmarva Community Services provide an opportunity to interact with a visitor each day, as well as a connection to other community services and resources.

Assistance for people with developmental disabilities is provided in conjunction with the Dorchester County Health Department. The community action agency and DCS offers residential services for individuals with some form of disability.

Medical staff from the county will determine the level of care needed for each individual, with services ranging from drop-in to round-the-clock supervision. Each client of DCS is assigned a coordinator, who monitors their overall supervision and also long term care. They will ensures that their outcomes and goals are addressed.





DCS’ medical adult day care services are available to Dorchester County residents with either physical or emotional health issues. The program, which is also coordinated by Delmarva Community Services, is known as Delmarva Daybreak. Fees will be due from the person but are determined according to each individual’s circumstances, with some financial assistance available. The resources include:

  • Free Meals and snacks are served.
  • Medical Care Type Assistance is available. It is done as a form of administration of physician-ordered medication and treatments.
  • Transportation can be arranged by DCS.
  • Caregivers and professional providers give advice and consultations to participants.
  • Socialization activities includes recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social activities are available on a daily basis.
  • Health Care Check ups is available in the form of high-quality monitoring by dedicated and caring medical professionals or nurses from Dorchester.
  • Other support includes respite for caregivers, therapy, and more. In fact, there are several different resources available for caregivers.

Delmarva Community Services Vocational Program provides information on job training and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Care managers will offer intake and an assessment to the client. Based on the results of that, they are able to offer a number of employment-related options.

The main location of Delmarva Community Services is at 2450 Cambridge Beltway, PO Box 637, Cambridge, Maryland 21613, telephone 410-221-1900.



By Jon McNamara

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