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Mission Statement

Our mission is to respond with compassion and creativity to help the homeless and persons in need in the community and to help prevent impending homelessness in Montgomery County.


Thank you for your interest in helping us! WE HAVE A FULL ROSTER OF VOLUNTEERS THROUGH LATE AUGUST. Please check back in the fall. We appreciate your support!

Sometimes nearly invisible, there are dozens of individuals, in Bethesda and throughout Montgomery County, currently living in alleyways, in local parks, in the Metro. There are hundreds more in such dire financial straits that they at immediate risk of losing their homes. They need our help, and they need it now. Working directly on the streets--located on Woodmont Avenue--Bethesda Cares has served Montgomery County’s working poor and homeless, for twenty-five years.

Easing Homelessness, Ending Homelessness
For some Bethesda Cares clients, homelessness is temporary, a difficult but transitory period that they ultimately will resolve on their own. While homeless, though, they may need a food, a mailing address, psychiatric help, or maybe just a place have a cup of coffee, a place where they know they will not be told to "move along." Bethesda Cares’ Drop-In Center, Clothing Closet and Lunch Programs are there to help.

Last year:

  • With the help of many fabulous volunteers, our Lunch Program served 13,416 hot meals to the hungry (yes, really, 13,416!);
  • Our Clothing Closet provided clothing and toiletries for 232 people;
  • Our Drop-In Center enabled 117 people to speak directly with a psychiatrist for mental health issues or prescription assistance;
  • Our Drop-In Center offered a warm, comfortable space for 934 people to come, sit, have a snack and share a smile.

Other clients, on the street for many years, feel deeply detached from society. They may resist help, even when they sorely need it. With such clients, Bethesda Cares uses a very long process of reaching out, slowly and methodically building a trusting relationship, working with its partners to ultimately place these clients--clients like Robert--in housing.

Keeping People In Homes

Still other Bethesda Cares clients are in homes, but face financial crises, teetering on the brink of losing their homes. Maybe a wager-earner lost a job, and that family cannot pay both their utilities and rent. They can turn to Bethesda Cares for short-term help: last year, by issuing 377 grants, Bethesda Cares helped 1,086 people avoid eviction. More than half of that 1,086 were children.



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by Aissata C. from Chevy Chase, MD (2018-03-14 19:03:01.0)
My name is Aissata Cicolella,I am from France. I am marited ,I have been in Bethesda for two years.I am a nursing Assistant .I worked in a hospital in France for 5 years. Now, I take ESL classes. I need to improve my English. I would like to volunteer to meet new people speak,exchange care and share