At Christ Church

A number of opportunities to serve those in need exist on the physical premises of Christ Church. They include the Soup Kitchen/Grate Patrol, the Thrift Shop, the Winter Shelter, and the work of the Saint Francis Guild.

Soup Kitchen and Grate Patrol
Contact: Liza Ballantine

On the third Sunday and Monday of every month, Christ Church parishioners partner with the Salvation Army to provide hot, healthy meals to vulnerable individuals in multiple locations throughout Washington, DC. Teams of volunteers prepare food in the Parish Hall from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Participants in the Grate Patrol then deliver and serve the food to those in need from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thrift Shop
Contact: Millie Coleman

The Thrift Shop, located on the lower level of the Parish Hall, is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:45  p.m., September - June. Through the years, the Thrift Shop has raised over $550,000 in support of a variety of organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Iona Senior Services, My Sister's Place, House of Ruth, Family Matters of Greater Washington, and the Aged Women’s Home, among others.

The Thrift Shop is happy to accept accessories such as handbags, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry, scarves, and hostess gifts; books, particularly best sellers, cookbooks, and “coffee table” volumes; and household items such as dinnerware, flatware, glassware, cookware, and bake-ware. Donations may be delivered to the Parish Office on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Guidelines for donations:

  • All items must be clean.
  • Clothing must be on hangers or in boxes. No plastic bags, please.
  • Due to limited space, we cannot accept large suitcases, computers, printers, televisions, or other electronic equipment.

Winter Shelter
Contact: Rick Shewell

In conjunction with Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC), a long-time parish mission partner, Christ Church hosts a shelter for homeless individuals each year. Begun on a trial basis during the winter of 1993, the Shelter provides a safe, friendly environment that appeals to GMC’s most vulnerable, service-resistant guests. Today, the Shelter rotates among 12 Georgetown congregations and serves up to 12 homeless people from November through March. Teams of volunteers gather each night to prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal, while helping to foster a sense of community by establishing warm, supportive relationships between GMC staff, volunteers, and the residents themselves. Children 10 and older are welcome to attend with their parents. No experience is necessary.

Saint Francis Guild
Contact: Sheila Ward

Members of the Saint Francis Guild assist parishioners and members of the wider community with animal care requirements and provide education on animal-related public policy issues, such as animal husbandry, wildlife management, and animal cruelty laws. Parishioners are invited to contact the Saint Francis Guild when they are in need of care for an animal during illness, hospitalization, or for other reasons.