Emergency Notification: Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center sites are CLOSED until further notice.

Our main phone number: 240-777-4940, remains open Mon.- Fri., 9am - 5pm to provide info and referrals to community members.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

** The information listed in the documents below is current as of the dates indicated in the document, and may change at any time. We strongly encourage you to call to confirm, and check back frequently for the most udpated info. **

Montgomery County Community Resources- Resources available throughout the County in a variety of categories (food, healthcare, financial assistance, etc.). Includes a category on Immigrant and Language Assistance, which provides information on immigrant eligibility for COVID-19 programs, in-language resources, and more.

Montgomery County Food Council-  Food Assistance Resource Map,  Food Assistance Referral Toolkit

COVID-19 Infographics: Available in Multiple Languages 

Healthcare Resourcesupdated on 4/18/20
Mental Health and Domestic Violence Resources
Rent and Bill Assistance
Food Resources 
MCPS Community Resources flyer (English and Spanish)
COVID-19 Resource List for Montgomery County Older Adults 


** To receive notifications in Spanish from Montgomery County regarding COVID-19, use WhatsApp to text "Hola" to: 240-447-1862.  
  ** Si le gustaría recibir actualizaciones en español del Condado de Montgomery acerca de COVID-19, mande por WhatsApp la palabra “Hola” al numero 240-447-1862.

Montgomery County Closures and Service Reductions 
Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 website. Includes FAQs on COVID-19, info on testing, and info for County employees.
 Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Programs- Info on current status of programs and how to apply (English) (Spanish)
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Updates. Info on school closures, FAQs for parents and students.
MCPS Chromebook Distribution Information
Grab-n-Go Meal Sites for MCPS Students during COVID-19 Closure Check the MCPS website for updates to meal distribution sites and hours
Montgomery County Department of Transportation. Info on reduced bus schedules, updates on free fares, etc.
Resources for Montgomery County Businesses
COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) Program

Census 2020 Materials NOW AVAILABLE

Here are useful tools to engage with immigrant residents on Census 2020:

Incorporate Census in ESOL class: Lesson Plan IdeasCensus VocabularyCase Study

Help them understand the importance of Census: Frequently Asked QuestionsTalking Points

Useful links to resources: Resource List, Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Census Trainings: 
Teacher Training- Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)
Volunteer Training- Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)

Volunteer Training-  Recorded webinar (mp4 file)   

New and Updated Immigrant Resources for Montgomery County

* Updated * Montgomery County's Immigration FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)  (English) (Spanish: coming soon) (3/5/2020)

Montgomery County Immigrant Rights and Resources Handout   (English) (Spanish)
(additional languages coming soon) (7/11/2019)

 Montgomery County Immigration Legal Service Providers List   (7/10/2019)

Emergency Family File (English) (Spanish/Español). A useful tool to keep track of your family's important information so you can be prepared for any emergency.  By Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

Click here for information on Immigration Legal Service Providers, Resources on How to Prepare for ICE Raids, Immigration FAQs, and More

Montgomery County Supports Immigrants 

Click here to read the Joint Statement from County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro on Immigrant Support.  Also available in Spanish.

Visit One of Our Citizenship Corners!

Visit one of our Countywide Citizenship Corners to obtain information on how to become a citizen!


​For more citizenship resources, click here .

WINTER 2020 Programs 

Check out our   new classes and programs  for Winter 2020, as well as offerings from our community partner organizations.

Maryland REAL ID 
To get information on REAL ID in Maryland, visit the MVA website or view this helpful video for information (to view subtitles in different languages, click on Settings, select "Subtitles/CC," then select "Auto-Translate," and choose a language).


Quick Start Guide

Quick Start Guide for Immigrants in Montgomery County, MD

In a quick glance, the "Quick Start Guide for Immigrants in Montgomery County, MD" offers the top resources immigrants and newcomers may need when getting started in Montgomery County.

The guide is available in  EnglishSpanish ( Español),  French ( Français),  Korean ( 한국어),  Chinese ( 中文),  Vietnamese ( Tiếng Việt), and  Amharic ( አማርኛ). 

About Us

The Gilchrist Center is Montgomery County's official welcome center for immigrants and newcomers.

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The Gilchrist Center offers a variety of programs and services to the Montgomery County community.

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Resources and Publications

Links to useful community resources and service providers that will meet your needs.

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