COMMUNITY REACH OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable Montgomery County residents is the mission of Community Reach of Montgomery County "Reach" (formerly known as Community Ministries of Rockville). Founded in 1967 by Rockville United Church, Reach now has over 20 faith partners and administers five major programs and is supported through the City of Rockville, Montgomery County, foundation, corporate funds and individual giving.
In 2015, Reach was recognized as "one of the best small charities in Greater Washington" in the 2014/2015 Catalogue of Philanthropy. RUC members are actively involved with Reach, serving on the Board of Directors of Reach and the Kaseman Health Clinic, representing RUC on various committees, donating from our annual budget and a wide range of volunteer activities.
Reach sells tickets at Taste of Rockville each year and receives a percentage of the sales.
Many volunteers work shifts through the Memorial Day Weekend staff the booth.
In 2015, Reach instructed almost 500 adults and children in English as a Second Language (ESOL) and citizenship. Evening classes are free and held in schools and churches. Teachers and childcare providers are always needed.
In Their Own Words
"Reach took me off the street. I do not know where I would be at this point otherwise. This program is helping me get back what I lost--employment, shelter, family ties--and keep my sobriety. I am grateful to be here."
--AT, Jefferson House resident
Quality healthcare for low income uninsured adult residents
Assistance with medical prescriptions, utility shut-offs and evictions
In-home services to help seniors
ESOL Literacy Classes and Naturalization Program
Permanent supportive housing for homeless men and women
Testimony in community and government venues.
Holiday programs for the most vulnerable communities