Holistic Services Geared Toward Attaining Self-Sufficiency and Independence

Are you facing a hardship and in need of assistance? The following program offers several services tailored to help grief stricken and disadvantaged individuals and families throughout the Greater Washington, DC area:

Adventist Community Services (ACSGW) of Greater Washington offers a variety of programs for community members to empower themselves and enhance their skills to accomplish personal goals and gain independence. Although ACSGW is affiliated religiously, they offer non-denominational services without discrimination. These services offered can be categorized in to three main groups: compassionate crisis intervention, adult basic education programs and workforce development.   

Crisis Intervention and Disaster Relief Services – The cost of living in the Washington Metropolitan area is quite high. With this in mind, ACSGW offers services to individuals and families who may have lost a loved one or don’t have the income to provide themselves the basic necessities. Through their food bank, food assistance is provided to those that are eligible. Clothes, coats and shoes in good condition aradult educatione also provided to the needy through their community closet. Prescription drug payment and rental assistance for those facing eviction and/or foreclosure is offered when funds are available.  Additionally, ACSGW has a tremendous case management program that facilitates finding an array of other available services and resources for its participants.

When disaster strikes, Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington will be there to help.  Just as they did after the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, in the event of a disaster, ACSGW will collaborate with regional emergency management agencies to provide relief. This relief response often includes the collection and distribution of non-perishable food, clothing, cleaning supplies, personal care items, and items for the special needs of infants and small children like as diapers and toys to comfort them. 

The Adult Basic Education Programs – The basic education program offered by ACSGW aims solely toward bringing their clients closer to independence an allow them to meet their financial responsibilities. This program is comprised of English as a Second Language, Job Preparedness Training, Life Skills Classes, and Basic Computer Training Classes.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Levels 1, 2, and 3 classes teach students conversational English.  Classes are usually held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and last about six months. There is a $50/month fee to participate in the class.

Adult Basic Education and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation classes are held to prepare adult students, so they will be able to take and pass the National GED exam and awarded a high school diploma. Classes typically occur Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and also last about six months.   The fee for the classes is $50.00 per month.Basic Computer Training Classes teach students keyboarding, mouse control, file management, how to use e-mail, and search the Internet. Students also receive a basic overview of Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Normally, classes are held Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00PM - 9:00PM. The class costs $50.00 per month. A Spanish Basic Computer Training Class is also offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. All computer classes will last about six months.

Workforce Development – ACSGW offers adult learners a non-threatening haven where they are able to enhance their current skills and acquire new skills allowing them to achieve personal and career goals. Through their workforce development program, three computer certification programs are offered – A+ Certification Program, Networking+ Certification Program and Security+ Certification Program.  Costs range from $75-$150 per month, and students gain hands-on experience and in-class instruction to prepare them for taking their respective National Certification exams.

To assist their clients who are striving to become self-sufficient and productive in the community, ACSGW provides Job Quest.  Job Quest is a workshop held on Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon where attendees can learn tailored job searching skills and benefit from resume and cover letter assistance. Job Quest instructors help participants build online profiles and create interview follow-up strategies.  Free computer lab and one-on-one career mentoring are also available.For more information about the programs offered by Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, call (301) 585-6556 or go to http://www.acsgw.org/.

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