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.
Jewish Community Connections:
- The Associated
- DFI (Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development)
- JCC’s Virtual J
- Jewish Volunteer Connection
- Baltimore Together repository of resources for residents and businesses, including loan and grant information and unemployment insurance benefits.
- 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.
- The office of Baltimore City Council President, Brandon Scott, has created a map of COVID-19 resources in the city, including food distribution sites, primary care clinics for the uninsured and locations of grocery stores with special services for seniors.
- 211 Maryland United Way Helpline for referrals to food, medical and health care, 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.)
Baltimore Area Meal Programs:
With schools and senior centers closed, local jurisdictions are making to-go meals available.
- Moveable Feast for individuals with chronic illnesses in Central Maryland
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 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 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 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.
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.
- Maryland Business Express
- Maryland Department of Labor
- Maryland Unemployment Insurance FAQs
- Career OneStop
- Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- Learning Resources from Maryland Department of Education
- Baltimore’s Child
- Helpful Apps during social distancing
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)
- 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 also 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
- CDC – COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- CDC – COVID-19: What to Do If You Are Sick
- CDC – COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety