About Us

Our History

The name Walden was inspired by the work of Henry David Thoreau. St. Mary’s County has been home to Walden since 1973. Walden is a local, community based, 501c3 non profit, CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited organization with four different service locations in Southern Maryland.

Central to our programming is our 24 hour crisis hotline, 301-863-6661. This hotline is one of the oldest local, professionally staffed hotlines in operation in the United States.  From the hotline, Walden is able to help individual community members and better understand unmet community need.  We have used this information to build our programming in response.

Walden has received several excellence awards over the years. Some of these awards include:

  • Sunshine Peace Award 
  • NAMI Social Impact Award
  • Better With Less Award