About Us

Our History

The name Walden Sierra was inspired by the work of Henry David Thoreau. St. Mary’s County has been home to Walden Sierra since 1973. Walden Sierra is a local, community based, 501c3 non profit.

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

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