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MARYLAND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON OUR “MARYLAND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Baltimore MD is 311; Rest of Maryland is 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling and much more.

GO TO: http://www.211md.org/

Updated 01-07-14

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YOUR PATH TO SURETY BONDS: WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW!

Calling ALL small business owners! Your path to Surety Bonds and everything you need to know has arrived. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers for a one day seminar.

Explore a variety of topics such as Bonding & Insurance, Banking & finance, Federal Assistance Programs and local Procurement Opportunities.

When: Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Where: Maryland Department of Transportation

7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover MD 20176

Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-path-to-surety-bonds-what-small-businesses-need-to-know-tickets-27606974203?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=eventurl_text

Updated 09-13-16
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Maryland School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The School Breakfast and Lunch Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school breakfast and lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards. Additional funds are provided to schools for each meal served to children who qualify because of family income, for free or reduced-price meals. The program is open to all children up to the age of 21 who are enrolled in public and participating private nonprofit schools and residential child care institutions.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/schoolnutrition/school_breakfast.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program go to:
www.eatsmartmaryland.org

For more information call:
410-767-0214

Send questions via U.S. Mail to:
Maryland State Department of Education
School and Community Nutrition Programs Branch
200 W Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Send questions via email to:
eatsmart@msde.state.md.us

Updated 10-08-13

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Maryland Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The Special Milk Program assists schools, child care centers, summer camps, and non-profit organizations by reducing the cost of milk served to enrolled children.

General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk Program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program:
http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program go to:
www.eatsmartmaryland.org

For more information call:
410-767-0214

Send questions via U.S. Mail to:
Maryland State Department of Education
School and Community Nutrition Programs Branch
200 W Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Send questions via email to:
eatsmart@msde.state.md.us

Updated 09-03-13

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Maryland Summer Food Service Program
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The Maryland Summer Food Service Program provides reimbursement to organizations for meals and snacks served to children in areas where at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, or when 50 percent of the children enrolled in a program qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Most organizations may be reimbursed for up to two meals or snacks per child per day. Migrant programs and camps may be reimbursed for up to three meals per child per day.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Summer Food Service Program, contact your state’s child nutrition program office. Contact information for your state can be found here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program go to:
www.eatsmartmaryland.org

For more information call:
410-767-0214

Send questions via U.S. Mail to:
Maryland State Department of Education
School and Community Nutrition Programs Branch
200 W Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Send questions via email to:
eatsmart@msde.state.md.us

Updated 08-08-13

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Maryland Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The WIC Prescreening Tool can be used to determine if you may be eligible for WIC benefits. This Prescreening Tool is not an application for WIC. To apply for WIC benefits, you must make an appointment at your WIC local agency. This Prescreening Tool might ask you to enter the amounts of your household’s earned (wages, tips, etc.) and unearned income (child support, unemployment benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), etc.). Before you begin, you may want to gather this information.
http://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf

See the Maryland WIC website for detailed application information:
http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/wic/SitePages/wic-apply.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information on Maryland WIC, please visit the Maryland Family Health Administration (FHA) office at: http://www.mdwic.org
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Maryland FHA at:
1-800-242-4WIC (1-800-242-4942)
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
Maine WIC Program
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Updated 08-08-13

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Maryland Head Start
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Programs may be part-day, full-day, center-based, home-based, or a combination.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For enrollment information, contact the program nearest you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.md-hsa.org/About-Us/
You may also contact the Maryland State Department of Education by calling: 410-767-0140

Updated 05-31-13

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Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides assistance with home heating bills. Payments are made to your utility company on your behalf. Under this program there is limited assistance available to replace broken or inefficient refrigerators and furnaces.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $19,548
2 $26,478
3 $33,408
4 $40,338
5 $47,268
6 $54,198
7 $61,128
8 $68,058
*For households with more than eight people, add $6,930 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Apply online! Go to https://www.marylandsail.org to file your application.

You can also apply at your local energy office. Click for a list of local energy offices to apply in person:
http://www.dhr.maryland.gov/meap/local.htm

Program Contact Information
Please visit Maryland’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) web site for more information: http://www.dhr.state.md.us/how/energy/meap.htm

Updated 03-11-13

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Maryland Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The program helps eligible low-income households through the installation of energy conservation materials in their dwelling units. These measures both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes. Priority is given to homeowners who may be elderly, disabled, have families with children, and/or have the highest energy consumption. Eligible renters may apply and will be given due consideration in accordance with the Weatherization Assistance Program’s Rental Property Investment Program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Call your local energy assistance office to arrange for an appointment to apply or to receive an application by mail. Find your local office here:
http://dhcd.maryland.gov/website/programs/wap/default.aspx

Home visits can also be arranged for senior citizens or other persons with special medical needs.

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/website/programs/wap/default.aspx

Updated 12-03-12

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Maryland Medical Assistance Program
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
Medicaid, also called Medical Assistance, is a program that pays the medical bills of certain needy and low-income individuals. It is administered by the state and pays medical bills with Federal and state funds.

Medicaid coverage is automatically granted to individuals receiving other public assistance, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), and Foster Care. Low-income families, children, pregnant women, and aged, blind, or disabled adults may also qualify for Medicaid. You can have private health insurance and be eligible for Medicaid. The rules are different for different groups and the kinds of medical care covered are different for different groups. If you need help paying for your own or your family’s medical bills, you should find out for sure about your eligibility for Medical Assistance by filing an application at your Local Department of Social Services.

Benefits and eligibility requirements are standard across the state.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maryland, a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident and in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, have child(ren) with a disability, or be responsible for children under 21 years of age.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
To apply for Medical Assistance go to your Local Department of Social Services (LDSS). To find the office nearest you, visit: http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/About%20Our%20Programs.aspx
To download an application, visit: http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/docs/QMB-Application-02-10-rev.pdf
For additional information on the Medicaid Program and eligibility requirements, visit: http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Home.aspx
For more information and to apply, call: 1-800-332-6347
Or visit our website at: http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Home.aspx
If you are applying for the Maryland Children’s Health Program for a child or a pregnant woman, you may apply at your Local Health Department.

Updated 12-03-12

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Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
One of the components of the Family Investment Program, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) is that provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing participants for independence through work. Some families, who need only short-term assistance, may receive a welfare avoidance grant (WAG). A WAG is provided as a one-time lump sum payment equal to three months of TCA. Adults with dependent children applying for or receiving TCA must meet financial and technical eligibility requirements. Conditions of eligibility include cooperation with child support, participation in work activities and compliance with substance abuse provisions. Earned and unearned income cannot exceed the benefit level paid for the family size and assets are limited to $2,000. Sanctions may be imposed for program noncompliance.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Maryland, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a citizen, or meet immigrant status rules, and have low or no income.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
An application must be filed, interview conducted and all financial and technical eligibility factors met prior to issuance of benefits. There are a number of ways to apply, including at the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS). To find the office nearest you, visit http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=805.

You may file an application online at www.marylandsail.org. To download an application, please visit https://www.marylandsail.org/VerfForms.aspx.

Program Contact Information
For more information on Temporary Cash Assistance in Maryland, please visit: http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?p=93
Or call:
1-800-332-6347

Or write:
MD DHR/FIA
311 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Updated 12-03-12

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Maryland Children’s Health Program (SCHIP)
Managing Agency Maryland http://www.maryland.gov

Program Description
The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19, and pregnant women of any age who meet the income guidelines. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Maryland, under 19 years of age or be a primary caregiver with a child under the age of 19 or be pregnant, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $27,925
2 $37,825
3 $47,725
4 $57,625
5 $67,525
6 $77,425
7 $87,325
8 $97,225
*For households with more than eight people, add $9,900 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The application is brief and the process is simple. The application asks for:

General Information such as your name, address, telephone number, etc.
Any health insurance coverage
Information about family members (such as names and birth dates)
Social Security numbers of applicants
Sources and amounts of family income

Download a copy of the MCHP application from this site:
http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/chp/docs/English-MA-Application-8-09.pdf

Local Health Departments will mail applications on request. Find your local Health Department here:
http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/chp/docs/EnglishLHDDirectory2007.pdf

Also, applications are available at local Health Departments, local Departments of Social Services, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Centers, and local hospitals and schools.

Applications can be completed at home and mailed in or dropped off at any local health department. Case managers are available to assist you there. Find your local Health Department here:
http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/chp/docs/EnglishLHDDirectory2007.pdf

Those found eligible for MCHP will receive an enrollment packet in the mail to select a managed care organization for health care.

Program Contact Information
To obtain more information, please visit our website: http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/chp
You may also contact MCHP by calling the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) MCHP Hotline at: 1-800-456-8900

Updated 07-31-12

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Montgomery County, MD Announces “Respect the Space” Campaign

Montgomery County, MD has a new education and enforcement initiative, “Respect the Space,” to raise awareness about the proper use of accessible parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities. The program educates the public about how important it is to respect the need to make reserved parking spaces available to those who really need them.

To learn more visit https://www.disability.gov/state/maryland/transportation.

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Provides Medical Assistance health benefits to working Marylanders with disabilities. This program lets you return to work and keep your health benefits by paying a small fee. Find out if you are eligible, how much it will cost and how long the health benefits last.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/maryland/health.

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MSRRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. MSRRC provides technical assistance to state early intervention lead agencies, departments of education and other related state agencies. The Centers work to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, birth through 21 years, and their families. Find resources for parents and educators in your state.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/maryland/education

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LOVE THY NEIGHBOR — ONE RIDE AT A TIME — Neighbor Ride is a volunteer-based nonprofit, dedicated to helping seniors
maintain their independence by providing transportation for medical appointments, social outings, language classes, shopping,

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