Emergency help from Religious Coalition.

There are several main priorities of the Religious Coalition of Frederick County in Maryland. They resolve around providing shelter, food, budgeting support, and basic medical needs to qualified families. Most of the support is for one time emergencies only and it is not intended to be a long term subsidy.

Emergency needs can be met by the Religious Coalition. There is help for people facing a short term hardship. This particular service assists with basic human needs such as food, dental care, medicine, housing, rent and shelter. With an increasing number of residents struggling, the short term aid and support can make a difference. Churches and staff from the Religious Coalition reach out to help those that are less fortunate.

Food is available from several different pantries that work with the Religious Coalition. There are food banks in the towns of Walkersville, Knoxville, Frederick, Brunswick, Middletown, Jefferson, Thurmont, and Emmitsburg. There may be meals, holiday items, and free emergency boxes of groceries. These can be an effective tool for addressing hunger in the area.

Both foreclosure and rental eviction prevention services are administered. The charity partners with other non-profits as well as the government to help those that are faced with a housing crisis. While direct financial aid for say paying rent is very limited, many people receive free budget counseling or referrals to resources. In some cases, a homeowner or tenant will be issued a no interest loan for their housing expenses.

Limited funds for utility bill assistance are available from Religious Coalition. Income and otherwise qualified clients will partner with staff from the Frederick County Department of Social Services and local churches to get aid. There may be grants, payment plans negotiated with your creditors, and other support.

Very limited medical care is available. It can include medications or dental needs. When low to moderate income people cannot afford medications or the health care they need on their own, their conditions worsen and additional care is often required. Many families, including those that lack insurance, are far too often forced to choose between buying medicine or feeding the whole family. So this program is intended to be pro-active on meeting those needs.

The Coalition and local clinics can help. If needed, they can also makes referrals to other agencies and services. Vouchers are supplied to pay for prescription drugs or medical bills. Most of it is arranged through a network of providers such as dentists, physicians and pharmacists.




An Emergency Shelter known as Alan P. Linton is available in Frederick County. There are both cold weather centers for the winter and day centers open year round. Not only can clients can a meal or a place to stay, but it is also a safe environment that houses dozens of people. Case workers from the shelter help guests that use it. There are also a large number of volunteers are available during hours. During the winter, the Cold Weather Shelter is available at local churches.

Exodus Project offers clients with aid as well. There is case management and supportive services available. So not only will the location give people a place to stay, but the Religious Coalition and its staff work with guests to end homelessness in the future. Helping them gain self-sufficiency is a key service of the Exodus Project center.

A Day Shelter is for the disabled, recently evicted, or those with mental problems. Some elderly also use the facility to get the support they need. They often use the services indicated above as well.

While many agencies in Frederick County work with the coalition, the main address is 27 DeGrange St., Frederick, Maryland 21701, dial 301-631-2670.




By Jon McNamara

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