Bethesda Cares (bethesdacares.org) helps people suffering chronic homelessness find paths to safe, permanent housing, while also easing their lives through its drop-in center, daily hot meal program, clothing closet and mental health services. Bethesda Cares also works directly with landlords and utility companies to prevent low-income residents from spiraling into homelessness.

Headquartered: Bethesda

Serves: Montgomery County

What a donation buys:

  • $250 provides hot, nutritious meals for 41 people.
  • $1,000 serves as a security deposit for a newly-housed client.
  • $10,000 sponsors five months of psychiatric support for dozens of chronically homeless individuals battling mental illness, or who just need some extra emotional support.

Volunteer opportunities

  • One day: Organize a supply drive.
  • Ongoing: Prepare and/or serve hot, nutritious meals for neighbors at risk of hunger.