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Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Community Action Center

A Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NON) Site

Mission: To reduce poverty, increase self-sufficiency and empower Montgomery County residents by providing or linking them with services and resources.

8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Main: 240-773-8260
TTY users, please call MD Relay: 711

TESS Brochure in  EnglishSpanish, and  Amharic


NEW! Judy Center JumpBunch
February - May 2018
NEW! English/Spanish Language Exchange
NEW! Unidos Por Nuestra Salud - Health Workshops

The Community Action Agency's TESS Center is a walk-in site serving Montgomery County residents. Its information and referrals, social service assistance, interpretation and translation, education, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and legal services are delivered in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies and community groups. As one of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network sites in the community, the TESS Center aims to bring County programs and services to residents in a convenient, easy to find location.


Walk In Services: Monday-Friday, 9 am -11 am (Triage and brief services)
Appointments: Monday - Wednesday & Friday, 1 - 3 pm (Triage, appointments, assessment, problem solving)
Free Legal Services: 1st and 3rd Wednesday the month (Registration from 6 - 7 pm.  Space is limited)
15-minute legal consultations provided by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program

Please click  HERE for directions to the TESS Center.


Current Programs and Classes at the TESS Center

Please call 240-773-8260 for more information.

Free Tax Preparation

Offered in collaboration with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm, June 6 - October 31 (by appointment only)

English Learning Circle

Offered in collaboration with IMPACT Silver Spring
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
*Registration Required 

Play-Literacy Group

Offered in collaboration with The Judy Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 – 11:30 am

Free Legal Advice

Offered in collaboration with Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program
1st and 3rd Wednesday the month, 6 - 7 pm for registration (Space is limited)

Senior Social Group

Last Friday of the month, 11 am – 1 pm (Not held in winter months)

Unidos Por Nuestro Salud

Offered in collaboration with Mary’s Center
2nd Friday of the month, 10 am – 12 pm

Health Outreach

Offered in collaboration with CHEER and the Latino Health Initiative
Health promoters provide outreach on various days throughout the year.


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