This winter is cold and we will be having hypothermia alert nights! Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s Homeless Assistance Response Team is a group of volunteers who go out on cold nights to check on our unsheltered neighbors.

During the late spring, summer and early fall HART volunteers take supplies to our homeless neighbors and build relationships. HART members let our unsheltered neighbors know what services are available to them including the meal program at the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. We also let them know about Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s daytime hospitality center, Shirley’s Place.

Interest in joining the team? Here’s how you can get involved:

Volunteers with Capitol Hill Group Ministry walk around Union Station and up and down Pennsylvania Ave SE several evenings a week during the summer. These are called HART walks. Anyone interested in participating should contact:

Abby Sypek
Capitol Hill Group Ministry
HART (Homeless Assistance Response Team) Coordinator
Office: 202-544-0631 x200

Ever notice the baskets under the altar? Share from your abundance by bringing food, toiletries, or other personal hygiene items to place in these baskets during the offertory segment of the Sunday services. (Please bring food that has not “expired.”)

Questions? Ask Gretchen and David Willson, who collect the food to deliver to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, located at 1516 Hamilton Street NW.

Sunday Suppers is a local, non-profit group that serves the homeless meals at two locations every Sunday evening. Volunteers serve a hot meal and join in conversation and fellowship over the meal. There are no-prerequisites to volunteer. Just show up. Stay as long as you like. Join the group at one of two locations:

6:00 pm at the intersection of 4th and K Streets, NW

7:30 pm at the intersection of 11th and N Streets, NW

For more information visit the website:

You can also e-mail Will Hawkins at

Jack Richards of the St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen can also answer any questions you may have. Contact him through the outreach board at

The Green Lions is the St. Mark’s group devoted to preserving and enhancing the environment. Read more about the Green Lions on this page.

St. Mark’s youth and others make 150 bagged lunches once a month that the Salvation Army distributes to people living on the street through its Grate Patrol Program. St. Mark’s members meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to make sandwiches. Check the church calendar or bulletin for more information.

Point of Contact:  Doug Ammon