This winter it was cold out there! Spring is here and the weather is warming up, but we are still 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. But the program continues during the summer too!

During the late spring, summer and early fall HART volunteers take water, lemonade and PBJ sandwiches to our homeless neighbors and build relationships. HART members let our unsheltered neighbors know what services are available to them including the meal programs at the Church of the Brethren and 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

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

Sign up to drop off 10 simple sandwich and fruit lunches for the client participants. You would deliver the lunches between 8 and 11 a.m. Monday mornings to Shirley’s Place at 1338 G St SE. These lunches have contributed to the fellowship necessary to build the needed trust for addressing hard personal issues. Contact Susan Sedgewick for more information and/or help in participating in this ministry. Click here to see the sign-up calendar for September through December 2016.

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