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As we talked about at Engage 2018, there are a variety of ways to serve and disciple those who are in poverty. We should look for ways to serve with intentionality and consistency at the individual level. This can and should be done informally and directly through the church. But, it also can be done by partnering with organizations that are doing good work in the community, like the ones in the list below! These orgs serve the poor of DC in a biblical and effective way, respecting the dignity of all of God’s image bearers, empowering those who are in poverty to use their gifts and talents, and targeting not only material but also the social, spiritual, and psychological aspects of poverty.

 

Mentorships, Tutoring, and Family Ministries

The Porch/Youth for Christ Washington, DC

Mission—”The Porch makes disciples of Jesus Christ by creating safe and welcoming space for youth in DC to experience God’s love, hope and healing.”

What They Do—large and small group Bible studies, discipleship and mentorship relationships, retreat and camps, empower and equip leaders, teach life skills, support parents/families, connect youth with resources

Ways to Get Involved— Mentoring, providing meals, small group dinner host, transportation help, event support, admin assistance

Little Lights

Mission—“Little Lights Urban Ministries empowers underserved youth, families, and communities in Washington DC by sharing the hope of Christ through compassionate action, caring relationships, and racial reconciliation.”

What They Do—For children: Christian mentorships and tutoring; For teens/adults: Christian life coaching, workforce development program, race literacy classes, diaper distribution, worship services for youth and adults, seasonal activities (Christmas store, Thanksgiving baskets, summer camp, back to school supplies)

Ways to Get Involved—mentorship, tutoring, helping with worship services/youth groups, seasonal help, admin skills, maintaining the computer lab, and more!

DC127/Safe Families

Mission—DC127 fights poverty by supporting strong families. Their mission is “uniting to reverse the foster care wait list in Washington, DC.”

What They Do—“We work to both recruit and support foster and adoptive homes, and prevent children from entering the child welfare system by supporting families in crisis through our partnership with the Safe Families for Children movement.”

Ways to Get Involved—Support foster families, serve on a safe families team by being a friend to the parent, hosting kids in your home, or helping facilitate the team

 

Homelessness, Health Care, and Affordable Housing

Central Union Mission // Mission Muffins

Mission—“Meeting the needs of our city’s homeless and hurting people [by providing] shelter, hot meals, medical care, job training and compassionate care to transform lives here in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area.”

What They Do—provides food, showers, a warm place to sleep, job training, spiritual transformation program, health care services, and more

Ways to Get Involved—order muffins and scones from mission muffins (one of the Mission’s job training programs), help by serving/cleaning up dinner or helping with upkeep of the facility

Christ House

Mission—“The mission of Christ House is to provide comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick, homeless persons in the District of Columbia, and to assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness.”

What They Do—free health care, food services, patient activities, pastoral care, Bible studies

Ways to Get Involved—volunteer to answer the phone, help make/serve food, or participate in patient activities

Habitat for Humanity

Mission—“Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

What They Do—“Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.”

Ways to Get Involved—help build!

 

Prison Ministry

Prison Fellowship

Mission—“Prison Fellowship seeks to restore those affected by crime and incarceration by introducing prisoners, victims, and their families to a new hope available through Jesus Christ.”

What They Do— In prisons: evangelism events, bible studies, discipleship courses, mentorship opportunities, life-skill classes, reentry programs; After prison:mentorships and life-skill classes; Other:minister to families, advocate for restorative justice reform, empowering great wardens

Ways to Get Involved—lead Bible studies or life skills classes, be a mentor, help with special events, justice reform advocacy, be a reentry partner, pray

 

Not Explicitly Christian Organizations

Mentorship, Tutoring, and Support for the Family

YMCA-YFS

Higher Achievement

Latino Student Fund

For the Love of Children

The Northwest Pregnancy Center

Homelessness & Health Care

Bethesda Cares

Community of Hope

Job Training

Jubilee Jobs

DC Central Kitchen

 

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