The Senior Connection (formerly ASSISST) is an interfaith caregiving program and is part of the "Faith in Action" movement of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Senior Connection serves older adults living in lower Montgomery County, Maryland. Services include: escorted transportation, shopping and errand assistance; friendly visitation and help with paperwork. All services are provided free of charge by volunteers from a variety of faith communities. The service area includes Greater Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase, lower Rockville and lower Potomac.
Volunteers are constantly needed to keep pace with the increasing demand for services. Service hours are flexible and are set to what ever length of time the volunteer has to offer.
Shepherd’s Table is a soup kitchen for the homeless at "Progress Place" in downtown Silver Spring. Volunteers set the table, serve, and clean up after dinner every day. CCC is responsible for the second Wednesday of each month. Volunteers also sort and distribute clothes during the day.
Time: one 2-hour shift a month; weekly clothes sorting and distribution
Community Vision, located at Progress Place, just off Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, is a day program for homeless men and women. It shares space with Shepherd’s Table (see above). Founded with the direct involvement of CCC staff and members, CV is now a program of Interfaith Works. CV provides case management, job training, vocational services, substance abuse programs, and recreational and therapeutic groups. Classes offered include job readiness, writing, computer skills, spirituality, women’s support and art. Volunteers are invited to bring their particular skills to bear in any of these areas.
For more information on these organizations, contact the Board for Social Witness and/or see the bulletin boards in the CCC foyer.