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St Mark’s Shelter Ministry 2015


How to serve:

·        Provide lunch for the CHGM Monday Parenting Class

·        Summer Shelter 2015 planning is underway

·        Two CHGM client Family Nights scheduled

St Mark’s Shelter Ministry supports homeless and needy families served by Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Inc.  Many St Mark’s parishioners participate these activities which offer the opportunity for direct service to needy neighbors. Click here to find out more about how St Mark's supports the work of CHGM.


Lunch for CHGM Monday Parenting Class: 

April and May Mondays still have openings!

If you cannot drop off  the lunches yourself on a Monday morning, contact Susan Sedgewick to make another arrangement.

Click here to sign up here to provide 6 or 12 lunches for members of this class.  The signup system, VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Susan Sedgewick ( to  sign you up manually.

The back story:

St Mark’s supports this important CHGM initiative by providing lunches for the attendees.  The meals we provide nourish the parents as they come to explore and understand what it means to be a parent and to parent well. Often the parenting they received themselves was lacking. Coming together over a meal can help open the conversation to the difficult topics they often need to explore.  

The class of 10-12 students will run every Monday from March 2 through May 25.  Ms  Carolyn Starks, CHGM’s mental health professional, facilitates this class with members drawn from the various CHGM supportive housing programs.  

Volunteers are needed help provide lunches. This spring we are asking for two volunteers to share the duty for a given Monday as providing 12 lunches seems to be a lot to ask of one person. Each  volunteer is asked to bring sandwiches/wraps and fruit for 6 people.  (You might coordinate with your partner so the lunches are similar.)  If you wish to provide all 12 lunches on a given day, just sign up for both volunteer slots.  CHGM will provide the beverages and paper products.  

Lunches are to  be dropped off at Shirley's Place at 1338 G St SE between 8 and 11:00 on Monday morning.  Staff will be there to receive your lunches and make sure Ms. Carolyn gets them in time for her class.  If you need special arrangements for dropping off your lunches, contact Susan Sedgewick at

Try out our web based signup calendar.  Here is how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Susan Sedgewick ( to  sign you up manually.


Summer Shelter 2015

Plans are underway to continue our July and August Shelter Ministry at Emory House providing support for the wonderful shelter family we supported last summer.  There are opportunities to serve this family before July.  Contact Marlan Green or Susan Sedgewick to learn how you can do this.


Family Nights

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 17, 2015, 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 14th, 2015, our Family Night will be a festive holiday party with carol singing and topped off with the arrival of Santa with gift books for each child.  




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