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Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS)
Community Service Center

To reduce poverty, increase self-sufficiency and empower 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 or 1-800-785-5630

TESS 2015 Brochure in  EnglishSpanish, and  Amharic

NEW Services at TESS! 

Social Security Administration - Mondays (times vary)

A bilingual (Spanish and English) staff person from the Social Security Administration is available to answer questions.

No appointment necessary. Please call 240-773-8260 for more information.


IMPACT Silver Spring Offers English Classes in Spring 2017



Family Reunification Program for Children Fleeing Violence

Please call 240-773-8260 for more information

Report:  the Community Action Board's fall focus groups at the TESS Center. 

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the Community Action Board's Focus Groups at the TESS Center!



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 9:00 AM -11:00 AM (Triage and brief services)
Appointments: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Triage, appointments, assessment, problem solving)
Free Legal Services: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (Registration from 6:00 PM - 7:00 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.


Please call 240-773-8260 for more information.

Free Tax Preparation

Offered in collaboration with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Tuesdays, 3:00 - 8:00 PM, January 23 - April 15

English Learning Circle

Offered in collaboration with Impact Silver Spring
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, July 5 - August 23

Play-Literacy Group

Offered in collaboration with The Judy Center
Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Free Legal Advice

Offered in collaboration with Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program
1st  and  3rd  Wednesday evenings
6:00 - 7:00 PM for registration (Space is limited)

Senior Social Group

Last Friday of the month 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Not held in winter months)

Women’s Support Group

Offered in collaboration with Mary’s Center
2nd Wednesday of the month 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Walking Wellness Group

Offered in collaboration with Mary’s Center
2nd Friday of the month 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Health Outreach

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


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