Women’s shelter, other services coming under one roof in Rockville

Buying, renovating and equipping a building in Rockville to house an outpatient mental health clinic, a medical clinic and the county women’s shelter will be paid, in part, with a $350,000 grant paid through state-backed bonds.

The project is one of 18 in Montgomery County that are getting a boost from state bonds approved by the legislature in the session that just ended.

The full cost of the Rockville project is estimated at $6.8 million and is to be paid by a combination of state and county grants, agency financing and a $2.5 million fundraising campaign.

Consolidating the services in one location at 2 Taft Court will enable clients of the mental health clinic and the women’s shelter to have continued access to services by public transportation. Clients also will benefit from having a medical clinic on-site.

“Moving critical services is difficult when clients are used to bus routes,” said Heidi Webb, director of development and organizational advancement for Cornerstone Montgomery of Rockville.

Cornerstone is a nonprofit that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to residents who seek help through the county’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Cornerstone has been operating its outpatient mental health clinic in a county-owned building in the Twinbrook section of Rockville, but must relocate that clinic because the county is turning the building into a storage facility, Webb said.

Interfaith Works of Rockville, a nonprofit coalition of religious congregations that serves poor and homeless people in the county, operates the county women’s shelter in a commercial area on Wilkins Avenue. And Interfaith Works has been looking to relocate that shelter to better and safer quarters for the women.

The nonprofit Community Clinic Inc., which already runs several medical clinics in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, would run a new medical clinic at the Taft Court building.

The three groups and the county agency proposed a partnership based at the property that Cornerstone would own and where Interfaith Works and Community Clinic would rent space.

The second-largest state bond grant for a county project is $310,000 to help pay for adding another floor to The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

The center offers writing workshops for adults and children.

The roughly $2.18 million project will add 3,600 square feet to the building that houses the center at 4508 Walsh St. The facility already includes a 185-seat theater, classrooms, offices, a lounge and 18 library-type carrels where writers can work in quiet.

The new floor will add four classrooms, offices, rest rooms and space reserved for the nonprofit Veterans Writing Project, which offers free writing seminars to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

Construction, which is expected to be complete in May 2016, also includes installing an elevator and other renovations to make The Writer’s Center building fully accessible to people with physical disabilities, said the center’s executive director, Stewart Moss.

All told, $4.09 million was requested this session for 18 county projects, which received a total of $2.36 million:

• Anne L. Bronfman Center and Misler Adult Day Center, Rockville: $75,000.

• Bethesda Graceful Growing Together Community Center: $150,000.

• Blair Regional Park scoreboards, Silver Spring: $25,000.

• Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Sandy Spring: $150,000.

• Cornerstone Montgomery and Interfaith Works project: $350,000.

• Damascus Volunteer Fire Department renovations: $100,000.

• Early Literacy Center, Silver Spring: $100,000.

• F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre and Social Hall, Rockville: $175,000.

• Four Corners Community Outreach Site, Silver Spring: $100,000.

• Inter-Generational Center expansion, Silver Spring: $100,000.

• Jewish Foundation for Group Homes renovations, Rockville: $100,000.

• Josiah Henson Park, North Bethesda: $100,000.

• Jubilee Association of Maryland Community Center, Kensington: $200,000.

• Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville: $25,000.

• Olney Manor Dog Park: $50,000.

• Potomac Community Resources Home: $150,000.

• Silver Spring Learning Center expansion: $100,000.

• The Writer’s Center, Bethesda: $310,000.

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