Begun in 1987 with just one social worker, and a mandate to provide service and shelter, Georgetown Ministry Center has since grown into a year-round drop-in center, providing psychiatric and medical outreach, social and mental health services, case management, shelter and housing support, handicapped-accessible bathrooms, and laundry facilities. The only homeless service provider in the immediate neighborhood, GMC serves one of the very neediest populations: chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities, as well as head trauma and physical injuries. Many are resistant to services and treatment, so GMC creates a welcoming environment that fosters friendly relationships and, ultimately, trust. Last year, GMC reached 1,000 homeless individuals, including 60-70 “regulars,” providing 5,391 showers and 9,879 sandwiches. An on-staff psychiatrist served 100, while a general practitioner provided care to 350. Moving from the streets to housing is profoundly challenging for this population, but a few achieve it each year and GMC supports them at each step. On a cold night in Georgetown, you can provide the warmth.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; Georgetown; Foggy Bottom; West End; Burleith

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Disabled

Schools They Work In: Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School; Georgetown Day School; Sidwell Friends School; Hyde-Addison Elementary School; Benjamin Stoddert Elementary School; Little Folks School; Georgetown University


  • Number of guests we serve annually:   900
  • Number of showers provided annually:   5,600
  • Number of loads of laundry provided annually:   1,600
  • Number of medical visits:   425
  • Number of psychiatric visits annually:   575

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2013-2014
The Washington Club Community Service Award, 2012
Georgetown Business Association Art Schultz Communitarian Award, 2009

Press

Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Georgetown Ministry Center is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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