Homelessness and Housing
Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Matthew 25:37-40
Christ Church Georgetown’s Homelessness and Housing Mission provides hands on ways to help meet the physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter to the local homeless community.
Founded in 1987 by the Georgetown Clergy Association and Georgetown University, Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC), is a vital group in the local community that offers important services to those who are homeless. Christ Church has been a mission partner with GMC since its inception. A Christ Church parishioner serves as an officer and chief financial officer, and another parishioner is a member of the Board of Directors. In addition to the Winter Shelter, GMC operates a clubhouse drop-in center for the homeless that offers meals, internet service, laundry, showers and other important services. Throughout the year, GMC operates a proactive street outreach program to help homeless residents with finding housing, critical medical assistance, and healthcare. Volunteering: With a small staff, GMC relies on volunteers to help with many aspects of its activities:
- Drop-in center - assist staff with programs, manage the clothes closet, help with administrative tasks.
- Winter Homeless Shelter - hosted by Christ Church in the Parish Hall in November and February, assist with meals, sleep over, and other necessary tasks.
- Assist with fundraising for GMC by attending local events during the year, including the Taste of Georgetown (October 1, 2016), the Spirit of Georgetown (October 13, 2016), and the Georgetown 5K Race for the Homeless (March 26, 2017).
- For more information, visit the GMC website: www.gmcgt.org.
Gift amount: $10,000
Contact: Liza Ballantine
Christ Church partners with the Salvation Army to provide healthy, hot meals to our homeless neighbors in seven or more D.C. locations on the first and third Sundays-Mondays of every month. Volunteering: Volunteers in Kitchen Teams prepare food in the Parish Hall on Sunday and Monday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Grate Patrol Teams deliver and serve the meals to the homeless on Sunday and Monday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information on the Salvation Army's hunger relief programs visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Jubilee Jobs is Christ Church's oldest local mission partner with many parishioners having served on the board and as volunteers. Jubilee Jobs primary goal is to help the less advantaged members of the community find work and strengthen their ability to rise up the economic ladder through skills training, interview practice, and on-going support once they find a job. This support includes helping clients move up with their current employer and obtain furtgher education to enable them to expand their employment opportunities. Jubilee Jobs has built and continues to build a list of employeers to whom clients can be directed. Volunteering: There are many volunteer opportunities, including: resume writing, interview assistance, professional mentoring, and serving at monthly dinners, at which clients share experiences. If you have the time, Jubilee Jobs will find a task for you any time, including on weekends. The office is in Adams Morgan. For more information visit: www.jubileejobs.org.
Jubilee Housing was founded in 1973 when members of the community saw a need to provide affordable housing in the heart of D.C. and purchased the Ritz and Mozart apartment buildings in Adams Morgan. The organization now has ten buildings in the neighborhood, serving nearly 800 individuals and families annually. Jubilee's model of affordable housing and services has been used by its national partner, Enterprise Community Partners, for its work across the country. Jubilee's mission is to build diverse, compassionate communities that enable everyone to thrive, with access to basic resources, and opportunities that they can live out within a supportive community. By creating and sustaining its vision in the local community within the nation's capital, Jubilee aims to influence positive change more broadly. For more information, visit the website: www.jubileehousing.org.