• Clubhouse Drop-In Center
  • Street Outreach
  • Winter Shelter
  • Health and Wellness

Georgetown Ministry Center
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

GMC is in the alley entrance of Grace Church a block south of M Street toward the river. GMC is accessible via the 31, 33, 30N, 30S, 38B, and Circulator buses which stop just a block away near the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. There is no parking available.

Tel: (202) 338-8301
Fax: (202) 298-8310

In an alley on the side of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Georgetown Ministry Center provides a variety of services, among them shower facilities. The drop-in center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m., and each day up to 20 people can shower. Also it is possible for five people a day to do laundry. For both laundry and showers, you sign up on the daily list when the center opens.

In addition to shower and laundry facilities, the drop-in-center has caseworkers that help with housing applications, obtaining IDs and birth certificates, among other things. Though the space in the center is scarce, there is room for fun. The drop-in center has free computers, and each day there are activities such as the knitting class, chess club or the weekly movie showing. A personal trainer has also just begun a weekly exercise class.

The center’s existence can be traced back to 1984 when an elderly homeless man died on the streets of Georgetown from staying outside in the cold. The citizens of Georgetown were moved to search for an appropriate community response and in 1987 the Georgetown Clergy Association and Georgetown University founded the Georgetown Ministry Center. Shortly thereafter, a still ongoing winter shelter and drop-in center was established. Today the neighbors are still caring — not only do many volunteers help out at the center, each day neighbors also bring sandwiches for those that come to the center.

Laura Lindskov Jensen, Editorial Volunteer