UPDATE 5/4/2020: Read the most recent statement by Bishop Mariann Budde, outlining a 4-phase plan, as developed by the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. This plan goes as far as possible at present to answer the frequently asked question, “When will we be able to regather?”
Please note that many St. Mark’s gatherings, including Sunday worship, are now taking place online. See details and get links, below.
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Everyone Home DC began as Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM), a grassroots response by several Capitol Hill churches, including St. Mark’s, during the turbulence of the 1960s to collectively address the challenges faced by their congregants and communities. Originally an informal gathering of clergy, the choice was made to incorporate as a nonprofit organization in the fall of 1967. Today, Everyone Home DC is a vibrant and transformative nonprofit organization working with thousands of individuals and families living in vulnerable situations on Capitol Hill and across the District of Columbia every year. Check out the website for Everyone Home DC.
St Mark’s supports the work of Everyone Home DC through special drives for:
Provision of Thanksgiving baskets with the fixings for a holiday feast to be distributed by Everyone Home DC to its client families
Donation of backpacks full of school supplies in August of each year for children of clients
Participation in the Christmas-time Adopt-a-Family campaign to ensure Santa visits client families
Here is the message with video sent to all participating groups from EHDC following the Thanksgiving Basket collection of 2019:
We just wanted to say THANK YOU for providing over 450 thanksgiving bags or over 1800 meals to our neighbors and friends in need this Thanksgiving! ”
Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART)
Winter in DC can be cold, and we’ll be having hypothermia alert nights! Everyone Home DC’s Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART) is a group of volunteers who go out on cold nights to check on our unsheltered neighbors.
HART volunteers also go out during late spring, summer, and early fall to 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 Shirley’s Place, Everyone Home DC’s day center, where they can shower, wash their clothes, meet with social workers, and get something to eat.
Volunteers with Everyone Home DC walk up and down Pennsylvania Avenue SE several evenings a week during the summer and Monday through Friday during the winter; these are called HART walks.
Interested in getting involved or want more to explore other volunteer opportunities with Everyone Home DC? Contact Abby Sypek, Community Engagement Manager at Everyone Home DC, by email or phone: 202-544-0631 x200.