Help for those in need

Our Programs

Neighborhood Service Center has programs in place to help the citizens of Talbot County in many areas of life.

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After School Youth Program

NSC hosts an after school program for youth ages five through twelve. Up to 18 participants are aided with their homework, learn computer skills, have guest speakers and are provided with a meal and/or snacks. The students enrolled in this program excel in school and are on the Honor Roll or the Principle’s Honor Roll. The program runs each school year from September and May – Monday thru Thursday from 4 pm until 5:30 pm.

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Emergency Food Pantry

Through state and federal grant funding, as well as donations from private citizens, local businesses and organizations, NSC is able to provide nutritious food items for income eligible households (we feed those over income with donated and purchased food). The food pantry, aside from providing monthly emergency food, also provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to Talbot County households.

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Electric Universal Service Program

Provides assistance with electric bills to utility companies on behalf of eligible applicants

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Ridgeway Transitional Homeless Shelter

Enables NSC to work with customers on a more intimate basis. Currently, this program allows shelter staff to provide case management and life skills training and to network with community partners to help move the homeless population toward self-sufficiency. Staff is available to help residents with their job and housing search as well as budgeting, resume building and basic computer skills. The Ridgeway House Shelter can house up to six adults (3 females and 3 males) for 30 days. Stays may be extended for residents who are close to achieving self-sufficiency.

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Donations

Local residents, organizations and businesses donate furniture, clothing, household items and food to the Neighborhood Service Center. These items are sorted and are given to customers in need each weekday.

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Emergency Services Program

Local government funding as well as private donations and state and federal funds allows NSC to assist low-income and elderly residents who are facing eviction and/or utility cut-offs. Customers moving in to their homes for the first time are assisted with first month’s rent. When funds are available, NSC can also help with Maryland I.D.’s, prescription medications and other emergency situations.

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Maryland Energy Assistance Program

Provides heating and electric assistance grants to fuel suppliers and utility companies on behalf of eligible NSC applicants.
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Representative Payee Program

NSC acts on behalf of individuals to manage their Social Security and/or SSI payments.

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Summer Youth Program

NSC hosts a summer youth program for up to 25 children ages five through twelve. This program runs for five weeks during the summer months. Children are provided a nutritious lunch and snacks as they enjoy arts and crafts, educational activities and field trips to places such as NASA, Maritime Museum, Arts Academy and the Oxford Ferry to name just a few.

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Mobile Food Pantry

NSC’s Mobile Food Pantry delivers food to seniors, the disabled, and those living in remote areas of Talbot County.

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On-the-Job-Training for Homeless Individuals

NSC offers on-the-job training for homeless individuals. Participants will receive resume assistance, pre-employment skills training, and on the job experience. Upon completion, individuals will receive a certificate of completion and stipend.

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Rapid Rehousing Program

NSC’s Rapid Re-housing provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the person.

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Talbot County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Emergency Rental Assistance Program makes funding available to assist households that have been financially impacted whether directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and are unable to pay rent or utilities.

Apply for assistance

Application Form

Our Universal Application Form is for all applicants seeking assistance. Completing the form provides us with a holistic view on how the Neighborhood Service Center can assist you or your family to work towards self-sufficiency. 

Once complete, the form can be emailed to info@nsctalbotmd.org and one of our intake representatives will get back to you as soon as possible regarding NSC’s services.