Going outside our boundaries to serve the homeless
Our tradition of providing service to the homeless during the summer continues!
Ready to volunteer: Click here to sign up
Volunteer Information Session on Sunday, June 29th at 4PM in the Undercroft Library.
St. Mark’s will be providing volunteers during July and August to serve Capitol Hill Group Ministry clients staying at Emory House located on Tuckerman Street near Georgia Ave NW. By going “outside of St Mark’s boundaries”, going to those we serve will allow families to remain at Emory House rather than have to move to another location for the summer. This will provide the much needed stability in their already way-too-chaotic lives. Our service allows these families to stay in a home-like setting rather than be housed in a large institutional shelter.
Volunteer to stay overnight at Emory House on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday night. We need at least one volunteer a night; if you wish to go serve with a “buddy”, there are two sofa beds. Volunteers provide coverage from 7pm to 7am on weekdays and 7pm to 8am on Saturdays and Sundays. The accommodations are much better than sleeping on the floor in the St. Mark’s Undercroft Library as we have done since the mid-1990s. There is even a nearby bathroom for volunteers to use. Emory House has the feel of a real home.
Click here to sign up. Plan to attend the Volunteer Information Session on June 29 at 4pm in the Undercroft Library.
St Mark’s volunteers, as you may recall, in Summer 2013, were scheduled and ready to serve at Emory United Methodist Fellowship’s dedicated duplex, Emory House, as the construction at St Mark’s made our shelter space unusable. Due to unexpected changes in the city’s shelter system, of which CHGM is a part, no clients were assigned to the CHGM’s congregational based shelter program. The fact that St. Mark's volunteers stood ready to serve throughout the summer if a family was assigned, was a testament to our parish's dedication to helping meet the needs of the less fortunate. This Spring a family has was transferred from DC General Shelter to CHGM's care. St Mark’s volunteers will be needed in July and August to relieve the Emory volunteers who provide coverage the other 10 months. .
Twice a year, in August and December, St Mark’s takes the lead on sponsoring a gathering of CHGM clients for fellowship, a program, and dinner. Other churches on Capitol Hill also sponsor Family Nights on differing months. Parishioners have the opportunity to have dinner with CHGM clients and interact with their children, a most rewarding experience.
On Monday, August 18, 2014, St. Mark’s again will host at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, the same venue we used in 2013 due to our own Parish Hall being under construction. CHGM staff invites families who are part of their supportive housing programs and other client families. For the last 5 or so years we have had a children’s entertainer who has been a hit with both with the kids and the grown-ups. A highlight last year was presenting the back-to-school back packs St Mark’s parishioners had donated. The children’s smiles were terrific.
On Monday, December 15th, 2014 Family Night will be a festive holiday party with carol singing and topped off with the arrival of Santa with gift books for the children.