As the breadth of these five programs highlight, Community Ministries of Rockville provides a holistic approach to supporting vulnerable and at-risk communities in the county. Not only do these services provide a safety-net in emergency situations (housing, healthcare and financial assistance), they also support the elderly and the homeless, and address educational needs (English, citizenship classes, health education).
CMR services aim to tackle some of the root causes leading clients to need their services in the first place. Prevention is a key component of their healthcare services. CMR also provides support for budget and employment services for clients who face evictions.
This combination of safety-net services allows CMR to position itself as unique service provider where clients can have many of their needs addressed at the same time. With multiple sites, CMR ensure strong communication between its different departments to streamline care for clients across the board.
Community Ministries of Rockville couldn’t do its work without a strong collaboration with other providers and nonprofits in the county. For example, through its partnership with the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), CMR ensures its high-quality education programs reach adults that need English language training to increase their opportunities for meaningful employment. CMR also partners with pharmacies, Shady Grove Hospital and LabCorp to offer medical services at reduced costs or specialty services. Its long-established presence in Montgomery County allows CMR to have a deep understanding of the needs in the area and how to cater their services in relation to what is already offered by other organizations.
Not only does CMR provide these crucial services, but it also advocates for these vulnerable groups at the local government level. Through the Rockville Caregivers Coalition, established by CMR thirty years ago, a group of more than 20 human services providers collaborate in their advocacy efforts. These different providers support each other through referrals and their joint advocacy with the City of Rockville, County Council and County Executive. By providing a unified voice, the Caregivers Coalition has successfully ensured that funding for safety net services was restored in years when caregiver funding had been decreased.
It is through this approach that CMR has remained a trusted and steadfast organization serving Montgomery County residents for the last 50 years. During this time, CMR has continuously evaluated the effectiveness of its programs and services in relation to changing needs in the community to maximize their impact. To ensure its continued presence in Montgomery County, CMR maintains a diversified funding stream, ensuring that sustainability remains a key component of its planning and operations.