Office of Community and Family Development
Adult Medical Day Care
Residential Services offer a wide variety of services for the homebound chronically ill or disabled population on the lower Eastern Shore. Services include, but are not limited to, personal care such as daily grooming and medication monitoring, chores such as meal preparation and light housekeeping, and respite care offering supervision and medical assistance from a registered nurse. Transportation and escort services are also available for those in need.
The services are designed to delay or prevent the institutionalization of vulnerable populations by helping caregivers keep their loved ones at home. Residential Services are offered in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties.
Senior Citizen Services
Wicomico County Senior Citizens Services provide supportive services that are designed to enhance independence and provide a means for the elderly to remain active and socially involved. At the centers, seniors are given a chance to socialize by participating in recreational activities such as enrichment trips, arts & crafts, games, etc. Health, nutrition, and wellness education programs are conducted weekly for those interested. Transportation to and from SHORE UP! senior centers is provided. Hot meals are served noon, daily at each center. Home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) are offered to home-bound seniors.
Housing and Community Development concentrates its efforts on improving the quality of life for low-income residents of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. The need for safe, sanitary, and quality housing ranks high among the area's poverty problems.
Housing Development provides safe and affordable housing for residents in Somerset County. The Loretta Village Complex in Princess Anne operates a total of 36 housing units. The Loretta Village Multi-Family (515) houses 32 units, while Loretta Village for the Elderly (202) houses 20. In 2003 Housing Development completed Loretta Village II (for the Elderly), adding 10 more units for low-income elderly resident in need. Rent is based on 30% of an individual or family's income.
Emergency Food Assistance
For over 15 years, SHORE UP! has provided quarterly distributions of surplus government commodities to thousands of households on the lower Eastern Shore. Partnerships are in place with 30 area food pantries in Wicomico and Somerset counties.
The Housing Counseling Program focuses on foreclosure prevention by providing post-ownership counseling and education to first-time home buyers to help them understand property and tenant management issues.
Home Energy Program
SHORE UP!'s Home Energy Program combines The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) and the Electrical Universal Service Program (EUSP). The Home Energy Program provides one-time home heating bill assistance for low-income residents during the winter months. Benefit payments are made directly to heating fuel suppliers.
A project that provides help to homeowners to improve their housing conditions through rehabilitation and home repairs.
Weatherization provides attic and foundation insulation, window and door repairs, weather-stripping, pipe wrap and other energy conservation improvements that help poor families stay warm and save on their heating bills.
Wicomico Family Support Center
The Family Support Center welcomes Wicomico County residents that are:
Of child(ren) birth to three years of age. The program helps families to be self-sufficient through adult education and support services.
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