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Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS)
Community Action Center

Mission: The mission of the Montgomery County Community Action Agency is to advance social and economic mobility among communities and neighbors through services, partnerships, and advocacy using an equity lens.


TESS has moved!

New address: 8703 Flower Avenue
​Silver Spring, MD 20901 
Directions to TESS

Main phone number (no change): 240-773-8260,  TTY users, call 711 

All staff telephone numbers remain the same.

TESS Hours

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed for lunch: 12 – 1 p.m.
Walk-In Hours: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Appointments available Tuesday - Thursday: 1 – 4 p.m.
*Staff teleworking Monday and Friday afternoons

New! Opportunity Coaching at TESS


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. 

TESS Center Senior Social TESS Center Senior Social
TESS Center Summer Meals Program TESS Center Summer Meals Program
The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger.

For over 30 years, the Holiday Giving Project (HGP) of Montgomery County, Maryland, has provided Thanksgiving and December holiday assistance to low-income households.
County Executive Leggett Honors the TESS Center TESS Center staff receive certificates of appreciation