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!

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Services for clients and their families

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

Case Navigation, 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 and agencies.

Youth Academy

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.

MPYOC provides

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

Leadership and Learning Program

Leadership and Learning Program (L&L), which aims to motivate immigrant students ages 6 to 17 to take on academic and leadership challenges by supporting, and preparing them for higher education. This program attracts highly motivated students and families who understand that education is a critical part of eradicating poverty.


Summer Camp

for our yearly enrolled students only.

Closing the Academic Gap during the Summer

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.

Community Plaza, provides learning opportunities and empowers adult students to obtain their primary and secondary school equivalency certificate through tutoring, classroom instruction, and self-study.



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

During COVID-19

The immigrant community needs your support! Thank You!

Thank you many individual donors for your 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.