For 30 years, Charlie's Place has served breakfast to all who walk through its doors, providing more than 350,000 meals to our homeless and working poor neighbors in the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. To observe social distancing guidelines, some services, like art therapy and yoga, paused on March 17th: sit-down breakfasts became hot meals-to-go or bagged lunches containing bottled water, fruit, nutritious snacks, masks, toiletries, and sanitizer. (Sit-down meals will re-emerge when possible.) Housing, employment, and medical referrals are still available, and a physician is on-site on Wednesdays. Clothing donations are up, and guests have access to bathroom facilities and phone charging. Neighbors who have fallen on hard times receive bagged groceries and every Tuesday Charlie's Place passes out bagged lunches and clothing in Franklin Park. Here, hardship is met with generosity, fellowship, and compassion.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights deliver meals to Wards 7 and 8

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   25,000 meals to 450 unique individuals
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:  
    1,100 volunteers from all over the country, who donate more than 10,000 hours
  • Visits to our Licensed Clinical Nurse Practitioner:   370 in 2015
  • Articles of clothing distributed:   Over 1,000
  • Clients in our case management program in 2015:  
    48 clients, with 26 finding jobs and 22 placed into housing

Awards & Recognition

2014, 2015 - Dupont Circle Citizens Association award for service
2015, 2016 - Chosen by Stone Soup Films for documentary production


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Charlie's Place at St. Margaret's is: Less than $500k

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