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OUR MISSION

The Center of Help’s mission is to empower, educate and connect immigrants with resources to promote self-sufficiency and to advocate for the successful integration of the immigrant community into Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas.

For over 20 years, the Center of Help, Inc. has served as a vital resource for immigrant families in Anne Arundel County. From Citizenship and English classes to children’s programs, we provide educational opportunities and extend a welcoming hand to our neighbors. We are a one-stop resource center that assists immigrants to overcome challenges, navigate systems, and achieve self-sufficiency to break cycles of poverty. We need your help to continue supporting our neighbors!

FAMILY SERVICES
Case Navigation 

Case Navigation is a program that guides clients in navigating systems of care. Case Navigators educate them about processes to access available resources and services, assist with application processes, translate written materials, notarize documents, and refer to partner organizations/agencies.

 

Strengthening Families Program (SFP), a 14-session, evidence-based parenting skills, children’s social skills, and family life skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. 

 Mental Health Services for immigrant families with bilingual and bicultural Mental Health Professionals

Adult Academy

 

Adult Academy, provides classes and connects adult students to resources to meet their personal academic goals, gain practical knowledge, and develop skills that will lead them to increased self-sufficiency. Classes include English as a Second Language, Citizenship preparation, and Computer Literacy.

Youth Academy
Garden of Inclusion

María de la Paz Youth Outreach Program

Maria de la Paz Youth Outreach Center (MPYOC) provides a safe space for immigrant youth (middle and high school) who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

This daily program provides:

Conflict resolution workshops 
Mindfulness  
Homework help  
Math tutoring  
Mentorship 
Community service projects 
Art classes  
Team-building activities  
Time to work on participants’ personal goals each month

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Leadership and Learning Program

Leadership and Learning Program (L&L), ages 4 to 17, provides classes for highly motivated students and families who understand that education is a critical part of eradicating poverty.

This program provides:

Science classes
Coding Classes
Math tutoring and classes
Book Club
Writing class
Art classes
Tennis classes
Guitar, Violin and Piano for Change
Choir and Music lessons
Other instruments depending on teacher availability
Community Service Projects
Workshops
Mindfulness
Tutoring


Summer Camp
For our yearly enrolled students only
Closing the Opportunity Gap during the Summer

Impact

In 2020, the Center of Help:

  • Served a total of 2,116 individuals 
  • Provided over 23,000 boxes of food to families affected by the COVID Crisis
  • Assisted with a total of 10.388 cases (88.5% increase from 2019)
  • Guided 1,857 individuals in accessing resources through our Case Navigation program
  • 37 individuals received no-cost mental health services
  • Conducted SNAP outreach in a total of 2,608 phone calls
  • Graduated 17 families from the Strengthening Families Program
  • Increased English as a Second Language attendance by 50%
  • 172 adults attended ESL classes at no cost 
  • Provided workshops in Women’s Health and Parenting with Priority Partners
  • Enrolled 28 adults in our newest program to obtain a high school equivalency accreditation from Mexico
  • Graduated 2 students from our newest program, Plaza Comunitaria
  • Celebrated 2 clients becoming American Citizens after attending our Citizenship class
  • 18 people attended Citizenship classes to prepare for their exam
  • Provided computer literacy classes for 5 adults and assisted 100+ parents in navigating online learning platforms to support their children during virtual learning
  • Offered year-round educational and character-building activities for a total of 64 youth 
  • 96% of youth participants reported that activities helped them at school

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Center of Help

Thank you Mid-Atlantic Legal & Immigration Services, LLC and Waleska Casiano 

Thank you Law Offices of Elsa W. Smith, LLC

Thank you Arundel Rivers Federation

Thank you to Anne Arundel County

Thank you City of Annapolis

Thank you Chesapeake Children’s Museum
 
Thank you to all board members present and past
Thank you donors for your amazing support. You have made an impact!
 
Thank you Anne Arundel Community Foundation
 
Thank you Beverly and Stephen Marcus Foundation
 
Thank you St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
 
Thank you Watershed Stewards Academy
 
Thank you Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
 
Thank you First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis 
 
Thank you Tennis Alliance
 
Thank you Baltimore Classical Guitar Society
 

Thank you Annapolis Symphony Academy 

Thank you Maryland Hall

Thank you Creating Communities

Thank you PopUp Pantry and Amy Marshal and team

Thank you Downtown Hope and Janice Keating

Thank you Guadalupe Ministries form St. Mary’s Church

Thank you Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Thank you Meridian Foundation 

Thank you J.M. Kaplan Fund

Thank you Fund for Community Healing

Thank you Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

Thank you St. Anne’s Episcopal Church

 
The Center of Help does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, affectional preference, gender identity, economic status or political or religious opinion or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices.