Center of Help, Inc (Annapolis, MD)


  • Name:Mrs. Loise Novochadlo
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center of Help, Inc
  • Address:1906 Forest Drive, Suite 2B
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4102953434
  • Main fax:4102953436

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  • Mission:
  • The Center of Help/Centro de Ayuda (COH) is a non-profit community resource, referral and educational center assisting Hispanic families in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, MD. Our mission is to promote self-sufficiency and the successful integration of immigrant families into the local community. Starting in 1997, and incorporated in 2000, the Center began by serving the low-income Latino population living in the Allen Apartments, and now serves more than 3,000 clients per year at the Gardner Center on Forest Drive; at the DSS in Glen Burnie and at George Cromwell Elementary School in the northern county through our partnership with AACPS. COH is the sole nonprofit organization in the area assisting immigrants to assimilate into the US culture, language and customs. The Center of Help promotes self-sufficiency, offers opportunity for economic advancement, and teaches basic and important life skills.

  • Overview:
  • Our Building Lives for New Americans project has the following objectives:
    1) To provide general orientation to the U.S. laws and customs;
    2) To improve literacy and other basic life skills;
    3) To provide the opportunity for Hispanics and other immigrants in our area to become self-empowered and self-supporting in the U.S.
    COH serves clients either 1) directly with walk-in advice, 2) through its special programs or 3) by referral to an appropriate agency. COH helps people with legal, medical, employment, housing, financial issues and much more. COH also offers more long-lasting and specialized help in the form of weekly ESOL classes, an Immigration and Citizenship class and a Homework Help and Leadership program for the youth.
    COH Referral/Assistance services: every client who visits COH is asked to fill out a client intake sheet, which includes information on background, needs and personal information including family income. Our caseworkers then evaluate the clients' needs and wants, and take a course of action not only to solve the immediate need of the clients, but also ensuring that, when possible, they participate in our more specialized
    educational classes and workshops, with the goal of assisting Hispanics to achieve self-sufficiency.
    The assistance and referral programs are offered five days a week. Over the past years, the greatest demand has been in the areas of:
    - Translation/interpretation and basic clerical services - needed by virtually everyone.
    - Obtaining medical help: MCHP (children's insurance) referrals to health services, emergency health issues and help with medical bills.
    - Advice on legal issues including court system, law enforcement problems, legal procedures and immigration issues.
    - Financial management, debt payment and tax advice.
    - Immigration information, including visas, work permits and citizenship.
    - Help with drug and alcohol, domestic violence and sexual assault problems.
    - Mediation and conflict resolution – both legal and personal.
    - Housing advice and assistance.
    - Guidance to the school system as well as parents about the success or failures of the children
    - ESOL classes, Citizenship class and Homework Help and Leadership program for the youth
    In 2012, COH has served over 2,900 clients. Based on data sheets and caseworker files, COH is serving:
    • 30% men and 70% women, which over half of whom are single mothers;
    • 70% of ages 22-40;
    • 99% Hispanic, followed by less than 1% African-American, Caucasian and other;
    • 98% are at poverty level or below; and
    • special populations including the elderly and at-risk children and youth.
    The Citizenship and Immigration classes: Our Citizenship and Immigration class started in September of 2011 and since then we have helped over thirty (30) people to become American Citizens. There are over 20 persons attending the class and more coming in hopes to join. We also have helped individuals register to vote, a great accomplishment for them, the Center and the community as a whole. Helping immigrants to become citizens of the United States, and ensuring they understand the laws and customs of this country, is an effective way to empower people to become self-sufficient, and able to contribute to the society as well.
    ESOL classes: Our ESOL classes have almost doubled in offering and size. In the past year we went from having three (3) classes a week to five (5) classes a week. Due to the fact that there was a high demand for a class in the evening, last year we
    added a sixth ESOL class on Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., to give the opportunity for our clients that work during business hours to learn English. One of the first steps for
    an immigrant to become part of a culture is to learn the language. Learning English will lead to a better assimilation of the American culture. In addition, they will be well-versed in their rights, obligations and the laws protecting them.
    Homework Help and Leadership Program: Our Homework Help and Leadership program is a collaboration with Bates Middle School and Annapolis High School. There are fifteen (15) students participating. We meet every Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon. Students come to the Center to get help with homework on English, Math, Science, History; to do arts and crafts activities and to learn leadership skills. We also take them to educational and fun field trips.

  • History:
  • Since 1997, Center of Help has been assisting the Hispanic/Latino low-income, immigrant community of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. COH assists over 3,000 members of the Hispanic community each year, with over 4,000 cases each year, considering that many of our clients have repeated visits to get assistance at the center. The high rate of repeat visits is caused by 1) a basic lack of literacy and 2) the varied nature of the problems faced by individuals who come for help. Many of those visiting COH are seeking emotional support in facing a range of daily challenges. Also, because this population is reluctant to seek out public, government-based services, and often, these services are not bilingual. COH often receives referrals from other agencies, increasing the already high demand for services. The COH Information/Referral and Outreach Programs bridge the language and cultural gaps faced by Hispanic and other immigrants so that they can best make use of the available local educational, medical, legal and human services, but also learn how to build problem-solving skills and become increasingly self-sufficient in the U.S. society.
    The proposed project creates opportunities for Latino immigrants, in addition to social and economic good for the community. COH’ services are offered in a culturally-appropriate and comfortable setting that allows the clients to learn, gain confidence and build skills so that they can become increasingly less dependent on public services. Also, Cho’s services are provided at a no or very low cost, suppress the demand for public services and create social gain, all of which create a cost savings for the public sector. The ultimate benefit of COH’ services is that they allow our area’s Latino immigrants to become productive and self-supporting members of our local community.
    COH promotes self-sufficiency, offers opportunity for economic advancement, and teaches basic and important life skills to under advantaged, often illiterate population, that is always eager to learn and succeed. COH key accomplishments and Awards are :
    - COH has helped over 2,500 clients last year
    - Implemented another educational program in April 2012, the Homework Help and Leadership Program for AACPS Hispanic students
    - Expanded the ESOL classes, now offering 6 classes a week
    - In 2012, 80% of our clients that participated in our workshops and ESOL classes have demonstrated improvement in their knowledge of available resources and English skills, respectively
    - Since 2011, COH has helped over 30 people become American Citizens through our Citizenship class
    - COH successfully recruited and retained volunteers in 2012. Our volunteers
    served over 1,000 hours, which is equivalent to $21,166 ($21.79/hour).
    - Governor’s Hispanic Service Award 2010
    - Md. State Dept. of Education, Gifted and Talented Certificate of Recognition 2008;
    - Governor’s Comm. Hispanic Affairs Nonprofit of the Year Award for 2008.
    - Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Voluntarism Merit Award 2006;
    - The Junior League of Annapolis, Non Profit of the Year Award 2005

  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:52-2282782

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:522282782
  • Organization Name:CENTER OF HELP INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% PATRICA/SOPHIE
  • Organization Address:1906 FOREST DRIVE
  • Organization City:ANNAPOLIS
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21401-4349
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 2002
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P20
  • Asset Amount:$99,168
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$220,164
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$191,377
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:52:18 pm

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