Our Mission 

We are Montgomery County’s resource center for immigrants. We strengthen the County by connecting our diverse communities with educational, economic, and civic resources so all may thrive here.

What We Do 
The Gilchrist Center is a gateway for County immigrants: they can obtain information and referrals to programs and services offered by government agencies and community organizations, strengthen their life skills through English and basic computer classes, and increase their knowledge to prepare for civic life and/or U.S. citizenship. The Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center is a community where residents can contribute their talents to help others, and it is a testament to Montgomery County’s commitment to building one of the world’s most welcoming communities.

The Gilchrist Center is part of Montgomery County's Office of Community Partnerships (OCP).  Working together with the County's Community Liaisons to the Latino, African, Caribbean, and Asian communities, the Gilchrist Center aims to make Montgomery County one of America's most welcoming communities.  Modeled after Welcoming America's national welcoming framework, we have created a Welcoming Framework for Montgomery County, MD.

Our New Look and Name
2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the Charles W. Gilchrist Center. We have changed our name from Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity to the Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center to better reflect what we have become in the past 15 years. We welcome immigrants and connect them to programs and services. Our Center provides a place for immigrants to strengthen their skills and offer their talents so all of us, as Montgomery County residents, can thrive together.
The sun in our new logo represents the warm welcome and sense of community offered at the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center. The vibrant colors signify warmth, optimism, and trust. The Center’s new name continues to honor Charles W. Gilchrist, Montgomery County’s second County Executive, whose welcoming spirit is carried on by the Center’s work today. Inspiration for the logo comes from an outdoor mural created by Arts on the Block, a local nonprofit that provides project-based job and life-skills training for underserved high school students through the arts. The mural was made in 2007 for the Center’s original location in Wheaton, and is now located at Wheaton Triangle. Our new logo design was crafted by Text Design, Inc.