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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.


Lunches for Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s Parenting Class

Nourish and Nurture Lunch for CHGM Monday Parenting Class:  Continuing through the Summer!

CHGM professional staff is very grateful to St Mark’s and those who have provided lunches for this program.  These nourishing lunches have indeed enhanced the class sessions by helping members , all CHGM clients,  relax and open up to conversations about hard issues.   

The Spring running of the Parenting class has been powerful for the attendees. As the participants need the support of these class sessions, CHGM has decided not to take a summer break but keep the class going through the summer so class participants can to continue their work towards becoming stronger people and by extension, stronger parents. 


You can help by providing 8 simple lunches on a Monday. Lunches can be dropped off between 8 and 11am.

Click here here to sign up here to provide 8 lunches for members of this class.  The signup system, VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use this on-line system, please contact Susan Sedgewick ( or 202-546-0160) to sign up.

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 8 students will through the summer.  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.  Each volunteer is asked to bring sandwiches/wraps and fruit for 8 people 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.  If you need special arrangements for dropping off your lunches, contact Susan Sedgewick.  She can help out.

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.

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




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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