The Village in Howard

The Village in Howard is a member-based COMMUNITY of Howard County residents 55 and older who want to continue to live independently in the homes and neighborhoods they know.  Membership benefits include, not only various educational, social and cultural activities, but access to various services such as transportation, home repair from referred contractors, and assistance with simple house maintenance.  These benefits enable members to actively age in place.

We are a member of the Village to Village Network. The Village movement started 19 years ago and today there are more than 260 open Villages and about 80 currently in development. The Village to Village Network has members in 43 states and three countries (U.S., Australia and Canada).

Quick FactsWhen The Village In Howard (TVIH) opened our door in November 2014, we started accepting member and volunteer applications. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated board members and committee members, we are proud to announce that we have made great progress:

Members:  66 Associate Couples (33 couples), 12 Full Member Couples (6 Households), 85 Individual Associates, and 19 Full Member Individuals, making 142 households.

Volunteers: Total 77, including 69 members (39% of membership) and 8 non-members. Currently, we have 28 service volunteers who work in our office (12), assist members with their needs (16), and provide transportation (19).  Additionally, we have 15 Board members and 58 Committee members working on the goals of TVIH. Many volunteers wear more than one hat.

Programs: Although 2020 was a challenging year for TVIH, the Program Committee offered 594 programs or events – averaging 50 programs a month or 13 events a week.  These programs were on a variety of topics and interests.  They included social, educational, cultural, health and well-being programs. Many were ongoing programs such as My 3 Cents, Happy Hours, Bridge, Mah Jongg and Lunch Bunch.

MarketPro Homebuyers

Our personalized approach is what sets us apart. Before we make an offer, we get to know you. We take your unique needs into consideration every step of the way. Our services are incredibly flexible, so we can adapt them to make your situation easier.

Other home-buying companies are focused on “buying homes fast,” but their customer service is often lacking. At MarketPro, it’s our job to meet your needs. This goes well above and beyond the simple transaction of selling your home. That’s why we’re the most trusted homebuyers in Maryland, DC, Northern VA, and Pennsylvania!

If you’re downsizing and moving to a new place, you need to sell your old home—and sell it at the right time. Timing is everything, because no one wants to pay two mortgages. As a result, selling your home for cash is often the smartest and simplest choice. Simply let us know your desired moving date, and we’ll take care of everything. Our helpful, personable staff can assist you with everything: from cleaning out your old home, to packing, to finding a new place to live.

Are you concerned about not getting the full value of your property? Our customer-focused process will put your mind at ease. When we meet with you to evaluate your property, we’ll go through every cost— line by line. We’ll review the price you would get from a realtor, then subtract all the costs that come along with the traditional housing market.

Then, we’ll discuss the services we provide. Armed with that information, you’ll be able to make an educated, intelligent decision about whether you want to sell your home to us. We strive to make the whole process as low-pressure and friendly as possible.

If you like what we have to offer, we have a transaction coordinator answer any questions you may have about moving forward.

MarketPro Homebuyers is one of the top homebuyers in Maryland, DC, Northern VA, and Pennsylvania. We offer a simple way to sell your property. We make sure the process goes according to your schedule and tailor our services to meet your needs—no “one-size-fits-all” approach here! Plus, there are no fees, no charges, and no commissions. Our helpful staff is always available to answer your question and address your concerns.

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Mid-Atlantic ADA Center – TransCen, Inc.

Aging, Disability, and the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to make sure that people with disabilities have equal access to public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and places that are open to the general public. If you live with a disability, or if you care for someone who does, do you know what rights and protections the ADA provides?

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, a project of TransCen, Inc,. has the answers you need. The Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and training on the ADA. The ADA Centers are not enforcement or advocacy agencies, but helpful sources of information and personalized guidance on the requirements of the ADA.

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center lists helpful information and resources for older people and those that serve them on their Aging and Disabilities page.

Aging and the ADA: Why You Should Care About the Americans with Disabilities Act is a fact sheet that provides a quick overview of the ADA and what it covers.

ADA and Caregivers: Frequently Asked Questions addresses questions often posed by caregivers and the people who need their assistance.

Call the toll-free information line: 1-800-949-4232 or visit ADAInfo.org.

Maryland Comptroller Unclaimed Property

Maryland Unclaimed Property’s top priority is reuniting Marylanders with their lost or misplaced property. The Comptroller’s Office tries to locate the rightful owners of stocks, bonds, savings accounts, security deposits, contents of safe deposit boxes, insurance proceeds and other valuables which are reported to us as unclaimed by banks and other financial institutions after three years. Real property (land) is not included.

Over the years, we have reunited over $1 billion in cash and items to their rightful owners.

The owners/companies or their legitimate heirs can claim the funds at any time. There is no statute of limitations. You can search our records online free of charge.

Maryland Relay

Greetings and welcome to The Beacon’s 50+ Virtual Expo! Maryland Relay is excited to be a part of this important resource for seniors in the Maryland area!

Maryland Relay is a free public service for Maryland residents that have difficulty using a standard telephone. This difficulty could be the result of hearing, vision, or speech difficulty, or due to cognitive disabilities or memory loss.

Captioned Telephone is an important solution for individuals who are living with hearing loss. Each device is equipped with a large, customizable screen. While on a call, the screen displays captions of everything the other person says, as they say it! This allows the user to listen and read captions at the same time for better understanding and clarity. It is also able to amplify all sounds coming through the receiver for those who need increased volume.

Maryland Relay can also provide equipment to those that qualify at no cost to them through the Telecommunications Access of Maryland (TAM) Program! Through an evaluation process, we will assist you in selecting the perfect equipment to meet your needs and preferences. Once selected, the equipment is sent directly to you along with all instruction manuals, warranty information and customer service contact information. Should your needs change, we are happy to re-evaluate and get you the perfect equipment at no cost to you! Some examples of phones available through TAM would be amplified phones, hands-free phones, large button phones, captioned telephones, mobile devices and accessories like amplified phone ringers and light flashers to signal when a phone is ringing.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about the programs above, feel free to reach out to Jenny Pearson by filling out the email us form to the right or click above to call us. Thank you for visiting our “booth!”

Virginia Relay

Virginia Relay enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, or have difficulty speaking to communicate by TTY (text telephone) or another assistive telephone device with anyone who uses a standard phone.

About Virginia Relay

A free public service, Virginia Relay enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or have difficulty speaking to communicate with standard telephone users. The conversation is relayed between the two by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communication Assistant (CA).

Relay services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, with no limit on the number or length of calls a user may make. By law, every call is handled with the strictest confidentiality. Special features are available for individuals who have difficulty speaking, as well as Spanish-speaking and sign language users.

Anyone can make a Virginia Relay call just by dialing 7-1-1.