Neighborhood Service Center has programs in place to help the citizens of Talbot County in many areas of life.
After School Youth Program – NSC hosts an after school program for youth ages five through twelve. Up to 18 participants are aided with their homework, learn computer skills, have guest speakers and are provided with a meal and/or snacks. The students enrolled in this program excel in school and are on the Honor Roll or the Principle’s Honor Roll. The program runs each school year from September and May – Monday thru Thursday from 4 pm until 5:30 pm.
Donations – local residents, organizations and businesses donate furniture, clothing, household items and food to the Neighborhood Service Center. These items are sorted and are given to customers in need each weekday.
Emergency Food Pantry – through state and federal grant funding, as well as donations from private citizens, local businesses and organizations, NSC is able to provide nutritious food items for income eligible households (we feed those over income with donated and purchased food). The food pantry, aside from providing monthly emergency food, also provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to Talbot County households.
Emergency Services Program – local government funding as well as private donations and state and federal funds allows NSC to assist low-income and elderly residents who are facing eviction and/or utility cut-offs. Customers moving in to their homes for the first time are assisted with first month’s rent. When funds are available, NSC can also help with Maryland I.D.’s, prescription medications and other emergency situations.
Electric Universal Service Program – provides assistance with electric bills to utility companies on behalf of eligible applicants.
Maryland Energy Assistance Program - provides heating and electric assistance grants to fuel suppliers and utility companies on behalf of eligible NSC applicants.
Rental Allowance Program – the goal of RAP assistance is to demonstrate that low-income homeless persons and households with critical housing needs can return to long-term housing self-sufficiency following a short-term period of RAP subsidy payments. Payments for up to one year will provide safe and sanitary housing for low-income and elderly residents.
Ridgeway Transitional Homeless Shelter - enables NSC to work with customers on a more intimate basis. Currently, this program allows shelter staff to provide case management and life skills training and to network with community partners to help move the homeless population toward self-sufficiency. Staff is available to help residents with their job and housing search as well as budgeting, resume building and basic computer skills. The Ridgeway House Shelter can house up to six adults (3 females and 3 males) for 30 days. Stays may be extended for residents who are close to achieving self-sufficiency.
Representative Payee Program – NSC acts on behalf of individuals to manage their Social Security and/or SSI payments.
Summer Youth Program – NSC hosts a summer youth program for up to 25 children ages five through twelve. This program runs for five weeks during the summer months. Children are provided a nutritious lunch and snacks as they enjoy arts and crafts, educational activities and field trips to places such as NASA,
Maritime Museum, Arts Academy and the Oxford Ferry to name just a few.