Below are national, state and local resources, which we update as new information becomes available. In addition, JCS is offering brief virtual programs about the matters on your mind. Click the buttons to view the upcoming schedule or to visit the library of archived sessions.
Additional Local Jewish Community Resources:
- The Associated
- DFI (Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development)
- JCC’s Virtual J
- Jewish Federation of Howard County
- Jewish Volunteer Connection
- Baltimore Together repository of resources for residents and businesses, including loan and grant information and unemployment insurance benefits.
- Baltimore County Together is coordinating weekly produce kits available to online order and pick up at “pop-up markets” at a reduced cost of $20 for more than 15 pounds of fresh produce. They are also accepting donations.
- Senior Call Check Program, a free, daily automated call to older adults living alone at a regularly scheduled time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Map of COVID-19 resources in the city, created by the office of Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott, which includes food distribution sites, primary care clinics for the uninsured and locations of grocery stores with special services for seniors.
- 211 Maryland Helpline for Central Maryland residents (with or without health insurance) to be connected 24/7 to a healthcare professional for information, support and instructions; also provides referrals to food, shelter and emergency housing, access to transitional housing, utility assistance, tax help, eviction prevention services, childcare services, job training, prescription assistance, and addiction treatment.
- MD Benefits Center provides comprehensive benefits outreach and application assistance to help individuals apply for benefit programs that help them afford food, shelter, healthcare, and prescriptions. It also assists Marylanders in applying for the Food Supplement Program. (855-444-4998, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
- Maryland Health Connection has opened an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. You can enroll in a health plan through June 15, 2020. Medicaid enrollment is available all year. (855-642-8572, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- If you are an essential employee and need child care, call Locate Child Care: 877-261-0060.
Baltimore Area Meal Programs:
- Moveable Feast for individuals with chronic illnesses in Central Maryland
- School districts serving meals during school closures
- Maryland meals site search from Maryland State Department of Education
- Visit dhs.maryland.gov and for help with Food and Cash Supplements
- Maryland Food Bank pantries and distribution sites for Anne Arundel, Howard, and Montgomery Counties (see below for Baltimore City and Baltimore County)
Baltimore City Meal Programs:
- For information about availability of home-delivered meals for older adults: Maryland Access Point Home-Delivered Meal Program, Baltimore City: 410-396-2273
- Baltimore City free grocery delivery for qualifying households through partnership with Amazon
- Baltimore City Breakfast & Lunch To Go
- Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Food Parks Food Pick Up Sites
- Map of Baltimore City Food Distribution Sites
Baltimore County Meal Programs:
- For information about availability of home-delivered meals for older adults: Maryland Access Point Home-Delivered Meal Program, Baltimore County: 410-887-2594
- Baltimore County Department of Aging is providing boxes of food for older adults by appointment only
- Baltimore County Food Resources
- Baltimore County Food Pantries
- Baltimore County Schools Take-Away Meals
- Baltimore County Recreation & Parks Take-Away Meals
- Baltimore County Department of Health or 410-887-3816
Stores with Special Shopping Hours for Adults Over 60 and Vulnerable Customers:
- Big Lots (the first hour of each day)
- Dollar General
- Harris Teeter
- Safeway (under the store hours FAQ)
- Sam’s Club
- Trader Joes
- Whole Foods
- Laundry City – Free pick-up, washing, drying, and delivery for people age 70+
Check with your insurance carrier as many are making accommodations to ensure that individuals have proper medication during this time.
- CARES Act Rebates FAQ
- Social Security and the CARES Act
- IRS coronavirus tax relief and economic impact payments page
- Questions and answers from the Washington Post about the economic relief plan, which includes stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules and more.
- Mortgage relief options from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Student loan relief options from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Helpful guide from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with tips about how to protect yourself from the financial impacts of COVID-19
- Relief for Veterans: The U.S. Department of the Treasury has frozen collection, fees, interest, withholding and collections referrals on VA-related debts. To discuss freezing collection of a debt related to monetary benefits, contact the Debt Management Center at (800) 827-0648. To discuss freezing collection of health care-related debt, contact the Health Resource Center at (888) 827-4817.
Employment/ Unemployment Resources:
Please find below links to assist with unemployment benefits in the State of Maryland. To contact a Claim Center, call 410-949-0022 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Employment opportunities from vetted employers hiring immediately in all industries, provided in a centralized site by the National Labor Exchange.
- Maryland Business Express
- Maryland Department of Labor unemployment insurance portal
- Maryland Unemployment Insurance FAQs
- Stimulus and benefit FAQs from Virginia Commonwealth University
- Career OneStop
- Mayor’s Office of Employment Development – postings of businesses now hiring
- Applying for unemployment insurance visual aid developed by JOTF
- Emergency relief grant program for small business in Baltimore County; 25% is for women- and minority-owned businesses
- Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
- Small businesses owners can apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program through Lendistry’s online portal
- Small businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Federal disaster loan assistance for the self-employed and small businesses
- FEMA Emergency Preparedness Resources for Businesses
- Maryland’s Resources for Businesses
- What Nonprofits Need to Know
- Funding opportunities for nonprofits from Baltimore’s Promise
- Information from OSHA
- Good Business Works – resource page for small businesses
- COVID-19 Worker Relief Funds, Company Actions, and Impact on Frontline Workers, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
- Maryland Coronavirus Information for Business
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund
- Work Sharing – A Smart Alternative to Layoffs – Unemployment Insurance
Mental and Behavioral Health:
- Jewish Community Services’ Mental Health and Psychiatric Services
- Mental Health Association of Maryland, including resources for families, online support groups and older adults.
- Free Remote Support Group from Families Strong for families and friends of those struggling with addiction.
- Recovery support apps from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Virtual Meetings – directions and links on website.
Teleconference Meeting – A Step A Day, daily at 7:00 p.m., dial 425-436-6346, Access Code 242385
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Metro Baltimore
HelpLine: 410-435-2600 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Maintaining Mental Health from Maryland Department of Health
- Children’s Mental Health Matters has an excellent web page to support families and children.
Domestic Violence Resources
- CHANA Baltimore for domestic violence and elder abuse resources, or call 410-234-0030
- House of Ruth
- Maryland Network against Domestic Violence
- Safety planning from myplan.org
- Baltimore Child Abuse Center
- Turn Around, Inc
- Baltimore Child Abuse Center
- Resources compiled by the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City
- Called to Care program
- Caregiver Action Network
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Federal and state resources
- John A. Hartford Foundation
- Maryland Access Point caregiver support groups
- Maryland Access Point resources for family caregivers
- Maryland Access Point resources for home care options
- Maryland Access Point respite resources
- Maryland Family Caregiver Support Program from Department of Aging
- Maryland Healthcare Commission
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
- Support from the VA for caregivers of veterans
- Twenty-five organizations that take care of caregivers from American Society on Aging
- Parent/Caregiver guide to help families cope from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Tips for families from ZERO TO THREE
- Learning resources from Maryland Department of Education
- Baltimore’s Child
- Virtual travel, including landmarks, museums, zoos, theme parks and theater
- Helpful apps during social distancing
- Baltimore City Virtual Rec Center – FREE video tutorials, crafts, fitness, games and activities for all ages
Please contact a medical professional prior to visiting these test sites as testing is not yet widely available.
- Testing FAQs from the Maryland Department of Health
- LifeBridge Health/Sinai Hospital Drive-Through: 410-601-2222 (must call first)
- MedStar PromptCare: 410-230-7820 (can test walk-ins)
- Mercy Hospital: 410-332-4866 (no drive-through available yet)
- Maryland State Health Department: 410-767-6871 (will have updated list of test sites)
- Free WiFi services outside 10 Baltimore County libraries.
- BGE will work with residents whose service was disconnected prior to the March 13 moratorium on service disconnections. Residents who have had their electric service disconnected should contact BGE to begin the reconnection process.
- Comcast will help to keep people connected to the Internet:
- Free WIFI hotspots – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- Comcast Internet Essentials “Affordable Internet at Home for Eligible Households” provides two months of free services for eligible new customers. Available to individuals receiving a public benefit (MEDICAID, Public housing, SNAP, TANF, SSI, National School Lunch Program or Head Start, LIHEAP, WIC, VA PENSION).
- Google and Microsoft are offering their conferencing tools free-of-charge for a limited time.
- GoToMeeting is offering their remote work tools free for three months.
- Free webinar from Slack on using its tools to work remotely.
- Zoom has a free option.
Additional Sources of Credible Information and Resources:
- Baltimore City Health Department
- Baltimore County Government
- Maryland Access Point
- Maryland Department of Health FAQ
- Maryland Department of Health
- The Office of Governor Larry Hogan
- Your local health department website and telephone
- Governor’s office for the deaf and hard of hearing
- CDC – COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- CDC – COVID-19: What to Do If You Are Sick
- CDC – COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety
- COVID-19 Preparedness: File of Life – fillable form to give medical providers in case of illness