The Georgetown Ministry Center
For many years, GPC has been a strong supporter of Georgetown Ministry Center, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless in our area. Through monetary and clothing donations, hosting the Winter Shelter, Georgetown Saturday Suppers, and other programs and events, GPC and other Georgetown-area churches, synagogues and organizations have contributed to this vital ministry. For current information on how you may help, please check the GMC website and look under their blog for “This Week’s Updates.”
Georgetown Saturday Suppers and Sunday Dinners
“GSS” and “GSD” are weekly ecumenical projects that feeds more than 50 unhoused Georgetowners every weekend. In 2013, a group of pastors and lay people recognized that there were no hot evening meals for the homeless on Saturdays and Sundays. After a few weeks working out logistics, GSS was born, shortly followed by GSD. GSS is based at Mt. Zion Methodist church just down the street, and GSD is based here at GPC.
Our model is simple – each church has assigned days to provide and serve a meal. Volunteers sign up online to bring a portion of the meal and serve it. The time commitment is from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the designated day. We serve the last Saturday of each month at Mt. Zion UMC, and the second Sunday here at GPC. This model only works because of the dedication of volunteers who are invested in caring for our unhoused neighbors.
Please click on the links below for our upcoming dates.
Saturday Signup Form (@ Mt. Zion UMC)
Sunday Signup Form (@ Georgetown Pres)*
*Note: GPC’s kitchen is being renovated during Summer 2017. While the renovation is happening, we’ll be serving at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3240 O Street NW.
The Winter Shelter
Participating in the Georgetown Ministry Center Winter Night Shelter is one of the most visible outreach programs. Every year for three or four weeks, GPC hosts at least 10 guests to live in the Georgetown Room. There we provide a hot meal and hospitality during the coldest months. We’re hosting in 2017 from February 19th – March 12th.
Sign up here: Winter Shelter Signup Form
Water Bottle Outreach
One of the challenges we often face is wanting to help, but not knowing how. As a church, we have many organized activities to help us know how to help, but what about day to day? To begin to close the gap, water bottles are available to every member of GPC in the narthex. On the water bottle is information about the meals served on Saturdays and Sundays in Georgetown. Inside is a wallet-sized notecard with more comprehensive information on homelessness resources, meant to be kept and referenced later. Please take a water bottle and help to reach out to our sisters and brothers living outside.