Family Services, Inc. Receives $1.1 Million in Funds for Nonprofit HUB in Montgomery County

Date: Jun 12, 2018

Gaithersburg, MD - June 11, 2018 - During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly approved a $1 million state bond bill to Family Services, Inc. (FSI), a part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, for the establishment of an UpCounty Nonprofit Service HUB in Montgomery County, Maryland. The state bond bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy King and Delegate Kirill Reznik from District 39, will support a nonprofit shared space for the delivery of cost-effective and accessible health and wellness, food and nutrition, social, educational and employment services to northern Montgomery County residents.

The vision for the site is to co-locate these needed services and resources to better address the ever-growing needs of the community, which has the fastest growing population and poverty rates in the county.

"The Upcounty Nonprofit HUB is a shining example of the collective efforts of individuals, non-profits, and government agencies working together to improve the lives of our children, youth, and families," said Senator Nancy King. "As the Upcounty population continues to grow in numbers and diversity, this facility will provide the space to offer an array of much needed services, which are vital to the growth and success of our residents. I look forward to continued collaboration with of all those involved in this project." 

The concept for the new facility is an outgrowth of the Thriving Germantown (TG) HUB, operated by FSI, serving students and families at Captain James E. Daly Elementary School. Twenty community organizations, agencies and nonprofits came together collaboratively in 2017 to provide critical services to the children and families enrolled at the elementary school located in Germantown, MD.

 "The Upcounty Nonprofit HUB will play a critical role in connecting residents in Montgomery's Upcounty to vital healthcare, education, and other services to help their families grow and thrive in our increasing growing and diverse are of Montgomery County", stated Delegate Kirill Reznik. "I am proud to have worked with Family Services, Inc., the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, the Honorable Maggie McIntosh, Chairman of the Maryland House Appropriations Committee, and so many others, to leverage these resources for our community. It is my hope that the Upcounty Nonprofit HUB will serve as a beacon for our families for generations to come."

 The funds received will allow a co-location of these services and resources, providing a permanent and flexible pantry, training, meeting, work and/or confidential shared space and facilities that are needed to help established organizations expand their reach, as well as attract new nonprofit partners. Many Thriving Germantown nonprofit partners were in support of the $1M bond bill request and added their names to the formal letter submitted to the House Appropriations Committee. The nonprofits included:

  • American Diversity Group
  • Aspire Counseling
  • Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
  • EveryMind, Inc.
  • Germantown Coalition
  • Germantown HELP
  • Holy Cross Health
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.
  • Manna Food Center
  • MobileMed
  • YMCA Youth and Family Services

To help support the design and development of the shared space, the Montgomery County Government also provided $100,000 in matching funds for fiscal year 2019 to be used for site design of the nonprofit space.

"I'm very excited to showcase just how important relationships between the County and State are and how they can produce great results for our community. Recognizing the growing Upcounty region and its needs were the catalyst in creating this Hub model that will serve our neediest residents," said Craig Rice, Montgomery County Councilmember for District 2. "Special thanks go to our community non-profits who will be doing some amazing work in this new space."

The UpCounty Nonprofit HUB will be a welcome center in the community. It will be in close proximity and accessible to distressed communities, where accessible public transportation is available, and children, adults, seniors, and families feel safe visiting.

“We are proud of the work we have undertaken through the TG HUB and recognize the critical importance this new shared space will offer the community to better address the increasing social, health, economic, and educational needs,” said Kylie McCleaf, chief executive officer of Family Services, Inc. “With the support of our state and county leaders, we can achieve this vision and improve the services to those in our community who need it most.”

This summer FSI will begin the search for a building location in the UpCounty area. Once this has been completed, FSI will work with the nonprofits that have expressed interest to design the shared space.

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