The Center for Independent Living Serving Carroll and Frederick Counties
The Freedom Center, Inc

Local Resources

Local Resources:



Department of Social Services   301-600-4555

Frederick City Housing Authority   301-662-8173

Frederick County Housing & Community Development   301-600-1061

Interfaith Housing Alliance, Inc.   301-662-4225

Advocates for Homeless Families   301-662-2003

Community Action Agency (Shelter)   301-600-1506

Frederick Rescue Mission (Shelter)   301-695-6633

The Religious Coalition (Shelter/Energy)   301-631-2670

Habitat for Humanity   301-698-2449

Frederick County Health Department

Administration  301-600-1029 (General Information and Directory, Birth /Death Certificates)
Behavioral Health   301-600-1755 (Local Addiction Authority (Screening & Referral), 

Recovery Support, Youth Support, Harm Reduction) Adult Evaluation & Review Services (AERS)    301-600-1736

MEDICAL PROVIDERS  (Sliding scale or free clinic for uninsured or underinsured )
Frederick Community Action Agency (Medical)    301-600-1393          
Mission of Mercy (Medical, Dental)  301-682-5683 


Legal Aid     301-694 -7414

Family Law Hotline     800-845-8550

Centro Hispano de Frederick   301-668-6270

Frederick Human Relations Department     301-600-1063

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services     800-375-5283

Hospice     240-566-3030

Frederick County Social Security Office    866-331-7089

Social Security Administration     800-772-1213

Frederick Memorial Hospital    240-566-3300

Department of Aging     301-600-1605 or 1604 

Commission on Disabilities     301-600-1663

FMH Wellness Center     240-379-6000

Asian American Center     301-694-3355

Spanish Speaking Community of MD Inc.     240-877-7466



Access Carroll offers primary health care, dental care, behavioral health care, lab tests, ambulatory detox, medication management, referrals to specialists, and public assistance applications.

Housing Services:

Human Services Programs, Inc. provides eviction prevention and security deposit assistance, utility bill assistance, family support services, shelter, and housing.

Carroll County Housing & Community Development offers rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program. 

Westminster City Office of Housing also offers the Housing Choice Voucher Program within Westminster City limits. 


View the Food Resource Guide for a list of local food pantries and soup kitchens.


Carroll County Youth Service Bureau offers outpatient behavioral health treatment services for children, adolescents, transition-age youth, adults and families.

Life Renewal Services provides comprehensive treatment for children, young adults, couples and families.

Or see the following resource directories:

Carroll County Public Library's Directory of Community Services

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County's Behavioral Health Resources and Services Directory

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County's Carroll Card

Other Local Resources

Disability Rights Maryalnd

Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council


Independent Living is controlling and directing your own life. It is about making decisions, taking responsibility for your actions, learning through success and failure, and having opportunities to participate in all aspects of community life. It is exercising the greatest degree of choice about where you live, with whom you live, and how you live. As Judy Heumann said, "Independent Living is not doing everything by yourself; rather, it is being in control of how things are done."

Advocacy-Empowering individuals to have increased access to the community by breaking down barriers and through systems change.

Information and Referral-Providing contacts and resources in the community.

Independent Living Skills Training-Developing everyday life skills to be more independent.

Peer Counseling–One-on-One exchange of examining and discussing issues and concerns.

Transition Services-It provides services that will allow someone to return to the community from a nursing facility to live in the most integrated setting of their choice. It also provides preventative services to avoid nursing home placement. Also, it provides transition services to Youth from school to work or from school to post-secondary education to work.

IL AT Program-IL AT program's intent is to help people with disabilities function as independently as possible in their daily lives. Where needed, the IL AT program will pay for such things as Aids for Daily Living, Environmental Control Units (ECU), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), assistive technology, durable medical equipment, and other devices that Medicaid, Medicare, or other insurers will not provide. The IL AT program may be able to assist with a purchase or repair within the constraints of the individual funding limits. Besides AT, the IL AT program may also fund home and vehicle modifications.

Peer Outreach program-The Freedom Center’s Peer Outreach program is a team approach to provide peer outreach and ongoing peer support to identify and facilitate nursing home transition to the community for residents who have been identified as wanting to return to their community. The Peers have an ongoing presence in nursing homes to share their personal experiences about community based options and provide ongoing peer support to residents throughout the decision making process and transition. Once a resident indicates interest in learning more about community-based options, the peers make referrals for options counseling and follow up. They continue to provide ongoing peer support at the resident’s request throughout the waiver application process until the person has been transitioned to the community.

Money Follows the Person Options Counseling-Options Counseling as part of the ADRC initiative is a program in which The Freedom Center provides application assistance and program education to identified nursing home residents who wish to apply for a waiver and leave the facility to transition to a more integrated setting of their choice.

Money Follows the Person Peer Mentoring program-The Freedom Center’s staff provides peer mentoring if a referral is given to nursing home residents who have transitioned to the community as a result of the MFP program.

MAP (ADRC initiative) program-The Freedom Center is in a partnership with Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities and the Frederick County Department of Aging to provide long term services and supports to people with disabilities and older adults who live in the community. The Aging and Disability Resource Centers, aka, Maryland Access Point, was established as the single point of entry using the No Wrong Door approach for individuals seeking long term support services. The Freedom Center provides individual, person-centered counseling to consumers seeking information, referral, and program support for long term services. We provide the five core services while collocating in the MAP offices.

MIPPA-The Freedom Center with its MAP partners provides outreach to the rural areas of both Frederick and Carroll Counties to people with disabilities and older adults to ensure that they are aware of the Medicare Savings programs, Medicaid programs, and EID. Since the onset of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, there has been an increase in enrollments for these programs.

Employment Network-The Freedom Center provides services and support that will allow Social Security beneficiaries to choose work. Ticket Holders may assign their tickets to The Freedom Center. Once assigned, beneficiaries will have access to meaningful employment to achieve substantial gainful employment and to sustain gainful employment. The services offered are job hunting, resume building, job training, job coaching, peer counseling, and independent living skills training such as money management, job interviewing skills, time management, etc. Also, recruiting employers and job development are part of the Job Development Specialist’s responsibilities. Educating employers about reasonable accommodations is an important function of the EN as needed for consumers seeking employment. Benefits planning is provided so the beneficiary is fully prepared for the changes in benefits.

WORC-The Workforce Opportunities and Recruitment Club is a volunteer program for job seekers to aid in the transition to the work environment after being on SSA benefits. Ticket holders can volunteer to work in The Freedom Center’s office doing a variety of activities that will train them to work on a schedule, learn time management, work with others in an office, learn new skills, appropriate behavior in the work environment as well as other skills that will help them to transition to a work setting and increase their sustainability in job placement so they are achieving substantial gainful employment. The consumers are given the tools to find and maintain employment.

Benefits Counseling-The Freedom Center provides Benefits planning to DORS clients who are SSA beneficiaries trying to return to work. Designated and approved staff provides counseling to beneficiaries about direct work incentives and assistance services to assist beneficiaries in their efforts to join the workforce.

WIPA-The Freedom Center is a subcontractor to Independence Now to provide WIPA services to Carroll County Social Security beneficiaries. Designated staff provides direct work incentives planning and assistance services to beneficiaries who meet SSA’s guidelines for receiving WIPA services to assist them in their employment efforts; support beneficiaries in retaining/sustaining meaningful employment at significant earnings levels and improve their economic security; as well as any follow-up support that is needed after the original services are provided.

Travel Training program-The Freedom Center offers travel training services to maximize independence through using the area’s existing public transportation services.

We the People-The Freedom Center’s consumer advocacy group is an effort to teach consumers to become more involved and take ownership of their issues so they can organize systems advocacy to change public policy to make the community a better place to live, work, and play.

550 Highland Street. Suite 510,
Frederick, MD 21701
Fax: 301-846-9070

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