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 The following organization in Prince George’s County Maryland assists residents with transportation and meals:

Call-A-Bus offers door-door transportation in Prince George’s County to residents.  Call-A-Bus also offers Senior Transportation Services (STS) for a variety of programs throughout the County such as:

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Nutrition Program - Senior residents receive free transportation to group sites for a nutritional lunch and companionship. Residents who cannot attend may be eligible to have meals delivered to their residence. The hours of operation are: M-F, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. For more information, or to enroll in these and other STS programs, please contact 301-265-8487.

Medical Program - Senior and disabled residents receive transportation throughout the County for medical purposes, especially dialysis. Residents may call 301-499-8603 up to fourteen (14) days in advance to schedule routine medical appointments. For those seeking on-going or permanent transportation for medical purposes, such as dialysis treatment, please send your written request to:

Prince George's County

Office of Transportation

Attention: Transit Division

9400 Peppercorn Place

Suite 320, Largo, MD 20774

 

General Transportation - Limited transportation is provided for seniors to visit senior activity centers, shopping trips and other recreational purposes. Those that want to participate should call 301-499-8603.

Regular fare is $1.00 one-way; all Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities ride free.  For more information, please call (301) 499-8603 or visit http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov.

 

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Advancing Literacy to Remove Achievement Barriers

Over 120,000 people living in the mid-south region of Tennessee struggle with illiteracy.  The following organization in Memphis, TN helps adult students achieve the goal of reading: 

Literacy Mid-South (LMS) aims to increase the percentage of literate adults living in the mid-south region.  For over thirty years, LMS has been fulfilling this goal by providing group literacy schools, one-on-one training and a variety of other resources to enhance students’ learning Booksexperience. The programs offered by LMS not only focus on programs that promote literacy in the short term; these programs also inspire students to dedicate themselves in the pursuit of a lifetime of learning. Literacy Mid-South offers the following programs:

Smart Memphis Coalition – Smart Memphis is an initiative created by LMS that offers training and resources to a group of non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses and learning institutions with the similar goals of improving how students, both young and old, are taught and learn.  One of the primary ways Smart Memphis Coalition helps the above listed organizations is by providing them with visibility. The benefit of this visible presence helps them attract donors and volunteers.

Adult Learning Program – LMS provides the opportunity for low-literate adults to obtain a basic education through their Adult Learning Program.  Classes and tutors are available weekdays and evenings.  LMS teaches these adult students through small learning groups, interest-based classes and with individual tutors.  In addition to basic education, participants can also take part in LMS’s computer lab, where volunteers assist those wanting to learn basic computer skills.

First Book Mid-South – LMS also partners with the local organization, First Book.  These non-profits work together to promote literacy efforts in the Greater Memphis area and provides many low-income children with the opportunity to own their first new books.

To find out how you or a loved one can become a student at Literacy Mid-South, call (901) 327-6000 or visit them on the web at http://www.literacymidsouth.org.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Meals for a Happy Thanksgiving

As the holiday season approaches, many families and individuals are faced with the heartbreaking reality of being unable to afford holiday traditions due to various circumstances. Thankfully, several organizations, communities and local neighbors have joined together to ensure that no family is left out of the traditional holiday celebrations. For your convenience, we have provided a list of FREE Thanksgiving Dinners that are available to families, individuals with disabilities, the homeless and those in need:

Atlanta, Georgia

Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH) will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Georgia World Congress Center.  In addition to providing a free traditional dinner, HFTH will also provide a phone center, a clothing center, a beauty and barber area, showers, legal aid, medical care, and entertainment. Dinners will also be delivered to individuals with disabilities and the elderly within the area. The dinner will take place on Thursday, November 22, 2012. For more information, call (404) 755-3353 or visit http://hoseafeedthehungry.com/.

Birmingham, Alabama

pumpkinEvery year, the Jimmie Hale Mission prepares and serves a traditional Thanksgiving meal to those in need. In addition to providing a meal for those in need at the mission, meals will also be delivered to local seniors and shut-ins.  For more information about the Thanksgiving meal, call (205) 323-5878 or visit http://www.jimmiehalemission.com/cal/.

Baltimore, Maryland

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake will hold its 57th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:45 to 2:45 pm today at the Baltimore Convention Center. Additionally, in Annapolis, at Asbury United Methodist Church, a Thanksgiving Dinner will be served today from 11:45 to 2:45 pm.  For more information, call (410) 837-1800.

Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Foodbank and other local agencies work together to provide Thanksgiving Dinners to community members in need through their “Harvest for Hunger” food drive.  Visit http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/cleveland_metro/list-where-needy-families-can-get-free-thanksgiving-meals-in-cleveland-area to view a list of locations providing a free meal this week.

Dayton, Ohio

The Fourth Annual Feast of Giving is funded by local sponsors will take place on Thursday, November 22 from 11 am to 2 pm. The dinner is provided free of charge and is open to all individuals, including the homeless, those in need, and individuals who may be spending the holidays alone.  There will be free parking at the Convention Center’s garage and free bus transportation services offered by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority.  For more information, visit http://www.abc22now.com/shared/community/features/thanksgiving/index_wkef.shtml.

Detroit, Michigan

The Senior Alliance’s Holiday Meals Program (SAHM) is providing hot, home-delivered meals for individuals with disabilities and seniors 60 years of age or older. Dinners will be delivered door-to-door on Thursday, November 22, 2011. For more information about the program, call (734) 727-2830.

This Thanksgiving, Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac will be hosting a traditional meal with all the trimmings at 12 pm and 4 pm on November 22.  Centerstage Hall, also in Pontiac will be serving a turkey dinner at 7 pm on Thanksgiving.  The homeless are able to spend the night and wake up to a hot breakfast and access to a clothes closet to pick new items.  For more information call 1 (855) 435-7425.

Los Angeles, California

Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) will be spreading cheer and providing a warm and healthy holiday meal for the community, individuals who are homeless and those in need. USHS will host its annual “Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park  on Thursday, November 22, 2011 in Pasadena’s Central Park. The menu for the dinner will include traditional favorites such as: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, macaroni & cheese and sweet potatoes.  For more information, call (626) 240-4550 or visit http://www.unionstationhs.org/dinners_in_the_park.html.

Memphis, Tennessee

This year marks the 28th year for the City of Memphis’ Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thursday, November 22, 2011 from 10 am until 1 pm at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Free transportation will be provided by MATA from 9 am to 1 pm. In addition to receiving a Thanksgiving dinner, individuals will also be able to receive free health screenings and flu shots through the Baptist Operation Outreach Mobile Health Care Clinic and place FREE phone calls to anywhere in the US through Verizon  who will be onsite. There will also be a distribution of hats, gloves, scarves, socks, snacks and water for the homeless. For more information, call (901) 690-9615 or visit http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/nov/21/city-of-memphis-to-feed-homeless-hungry-on/?CID=happeningnow.

Mobile, Alabama

The Mobile Area Salvation Army Command will host its annual Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 22, 2011 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The meal will be held at its headquarters on Dauphin Street and will include traditional favorites such as: ham, turkey, yams, cakes, pies and dinner rolls. For more information, call (251) 438-1625 or visit http://salvationarmyalm.org/coastalalabama/holiday-programs/holiday-dinners/.

Also in the Mobile area, through a joint partnership with Foley Elementary, several Baldwin County residents have joinedturkey together to create “Turkey Take-Out”. Turkey Take-Out delivers holiday meals to area families who can’t afford the traditional “turkey and trimmings”. In addition to providing families with Thanksgiving dinners, Turkey Take-Out (http://turkeytakeout.com/) also provides families with food to have after Thanksgiving too.  For more information, call (251) 943-8861.

This year, like all the years before, the Waterfront Rescue Mission/Mobile Mission will host its Annual Thanksgiving Day Banquet The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day and will include a traditional holiday feast  for the homeless and those in need. For more information, call (251) 433-1847 or visit https://www.waterfrontmission.org/holiday-banquets.

Washington, DC

The 13th annual Safeway Feast of Sharing will provide a free traditional Thanksgiving meal to District of Columbia residents in need on Wednesday.  Doors will open at 10 am, and dinner is served from 11:30-1:30 pm at the Washington Convention Center.  In addition to the free meal, the event will feature a job fair, free clothing and free health screenings. For more information, call 202-249-3311 or visit http://www.dcconvention.com/PressRoom/PressReleases/PressReleasePages.aspx?id=399&;year=2012.

At The Cochran Firm we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

 

Dignity and Compassion

The following organization in Atlanta, GA is known for helping the homeless, hungry and hurting. If you are in need of a helping hand, look no further:

707084 homeless_Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) exists to provide emergency assistance to families and individuals in need.  This city-wide agency is a faith-based, non-profit organization that is devoted to assisting those of all backgrounds and faiths. BCM is supported by 28 church, corporations and businesses, private and public foundations, civic groups, and thousands of individuals. This organization strives to prevent homelessness through education, and other addition services. BCM provides those in need with clothing, financial assistance, long term assistance for working parents and their children, transitional housing, utility assistance and a money management course. BCM offers assistance to individuals living in 15 metro-Atlanta zip codes. To receive food or clothing assistance, you can stop by the BCM office. In order to get help, you must bring the following items with you:

  • A copy of your apartment lease/mortgage. (Homeless clients may receive services without proof of residence.)
  • A piece of "official" mail with your name and address on it.
  • Your picture ID.
  • A picture ID of any other adults living with you.
  • Social Security Cards for everyone who lives with you.
  • If you are homeless and are in need of assistance, you may register for BCM’s Homeless Ministry on Thursdays. These individuals are given hygiene kits, snack bags, clothing, help finishing a job and/or housing along with access to the phone and computer.

    For more information about the services and programs that are available through Buckhead Christian Ministry, call (404) 239-0058. If you need rent, mortgage or utility assistance due to a crisis such as illness, job lay off, divorce etc. you may call the Helpline at 404-239-0038.

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

    Multicultural Services for the Most Vulnerable

    The following organization assists individuals and families in the Washington, DC neighborhoods of Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant:

    Neighbors’ Consejo is a bilingual non-profit, community-based organization that offers multicultural services to individuals and families that are suffering from addictions, homelessness, and poverty.  Neighbors’ Consejo strives to connect the men and women that are vulnerable in their communities to both economic and social opportunities in order to increase their level of self-sufficiency.

    Even though Neighbors’ Consejo is primarily focused on issues like homelessness, substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders in the Latino community, latino womanthey do also offer comprehensive services to all people in crisis or in need. For these and many additional issues, Neighbors’ Consejo has created a time-proven continuum of care. This continuum is made up of three programs: Street Outreach, Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health Treatment. 

    Street Outreach – Since their humble beginnings in 1994, Neighbors’ Consejo has aimed to bring help directly to the streets, where community members need it most.  In the spirit of mutual respect, the professionals at Neighbors’ Consejo are determined to restore hope and dignity to their participants by linking them to outreach programs designed to assist the homeless, hungry, individuals with addictions or behavioral health concerns, and families in crisis.

    Substance Abuse Treatment – Neighbors' Counsel’s Substance Abuse Program is certified by both the Department of Health and Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration. Their substance abuse program provides services to participants at various levels of care. Not only do they maintain two transitional housing facilities (Casa Paz and Casa Libertad), Neighbors’ Consejo also offers outpatient programs, support services, environment stabilization counseling and social case work.

    Mental Health Treatment – Neighbors' Counsel is certified by the Department of Mental Health and offers bilingual health services to the DC community. Through its mental health program, the qualified staff at Neighbors' Counsel provides the following services: assessment, diagnosis, medication, somatic treatment, individual or group counseling, and social work.

    For more information about Neighbors’ Consejo or the programs and services offered, call them at 202-234-6855 or 202-290-2952.  You can also visit their website at http://www.neighborsconsejo.org/

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.


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