Grace in Action
Georgetown Ministry Center
Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) was organized in 1987 by the Georgetown Clergy Association and Georgetown University, to provide a community response to the crisis of homelessness in Washington.
GMC has been housed at Grace Church since its founding, and in the undercroft of the Rectory since 2003. GMC offers counseling, information, referral services, showers and laundry services for the homeless people of Georgetown. GMC operates on a membership model, so that those receiving services have a voice in policy and practice.
A psychiatrist sees members regularly, and on an emergency basis as needed. while also engaging treatment-resistant homeless persons in the center, on the streets and during the Congregational Based Shelter.
GMC helps members access entitlements, transitional and permanent housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and employment programs.
For more information, contact Kelly Andreae, Executive Director; 1041 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007; phone: (202) 338-8301; fax: (202) 298-8310; service hours: 8 am–2 pm seven days a week.
Grace’s Table is a ministry of Grace Church that provides and shares a meal and an interfaith Bible study at 11:30 am on Saturdays for persons who are homeless or on the margins of being homeless. Teams of 3–5 volunteer hosts purchase and prepare the food, and then gather with guests to eat and socialize together. Volunteer hosts can organize themselves in any way they choose, but often they will settle on an entree and share responsibility for preparation among two or three persons, with other team members bringing salad and bread. Georgetown University students representing the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega assist with setup, serving, visiting with guests and cleanup, and also usually bring dessert. The number of guests varies from about 35 to 45. This ministry gives guests an opportunity to relax with friends over a hearty meal.
No one is required to stay for Bible study. Once guests have had ample opportunity to eat, go back for seconds when there’s enough, and be on their way if they don’t want to stay, we offer reading and discussion of a Biblical passage led by Grace members or clergy. Guests take turns reading, and participate in the discussion with great enthusiasm and insight.
E-mail GracesTable@GraceDC.org (you’ll reach coordinator Elizabeth Lee) to volunteer and get more information. Sign up to help on a specific date.