In 1887, a woman gathered a group of friends to sew a layette for a young mother who had no clothing for her child. And so began 130 years of filling the basic needs of the region's at-risk children, regardless of race or creed. Today, over 4,000 welcome kits of clothing, educational materials, and a hand-knitted item go to mothers in need. A counseling program brings essential support systems to five schools; Adopt a School provides library books and sports equipment to over 1,500 children annually; 25 volunteer tutors ensure that young students reach grade level in reading; and there are camp scholarships for children with disabilities. Girls on the Rise, an after-school and summer camp program for at-risk girls in Southeast DC helps build self-esteem and leadership skills and gives girls the tools they need to shape their futures. “See a need and fill it” – simple and vital.

COVID-19 Update: Within one week of schools closing, counselors were in touch with families offering crisis management, counseling, and encouragement, in addition to helping them find food banks and other resources. Girls on the Rise has moved online so girls can have a safe space to share their feelings and stay connected to social workers and their friends. CCS also provided diapers and wipes to over 600 families in the early phases of the crisis and continues to do so now. It also delivered ChromeBooks and care packages to many others.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; Washington Highlands

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Our school counseling and adopt a school programs work in the following schools: ; Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School; Sacred Heart School; St. Anthony Catholic Academy; St. Augustine Catholic School; The Washington School for Girls (both THEARC and the View campuses)

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:   7000
  • Number of volunteers who work with your organization annually:   500
  • Hours of service/training offered annually:   12,000 hours of counseling services
  • Items of clothing donated/distributed annually:  
    145 uniforms, 300 coats, 3600 layettes (includes 5 items of clothing and diapers in each)
  • Hours of tutoring, mentoring, or class-time you provide annually:   250

Awards & Recognition

Rey of Hope Award from Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, October 2010

Best Friends Award from the Washington Middle School for Girls June 2009

Founder, Mary Virginia Merrick earned the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal for her work with the Christ Child Society, 1915


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Christ Child Society of Washington DC is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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