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- Mailing Address: 1616 7th St, NW, Washington DC, 20001
"Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a community of faith, we are propelled into a beautiful, yet broken world as those called to serve and to share, to learn and to teach, to preach and to pray. At The District Church, our simple efforts at serving our city are, above all, rooted and grounded in love. It is to practice faith, to proclaim hope and to love generously.
Urban education, orphan and foster care, mentoring, playing with children who are homeless, feeding the hungry, engaging with the local PTO or ANC, praying for God’s kingdom to come -- on any given day you’ll find us engaged in these kinds of activities in an attempt to display care, compassion, and justice in the city we love. We’d love for you to join with us.
Some of the organizations we partner with include:
In 2012, a small group of people at The District Church were praying about how they could get involved in caring for kids in our city's foster care system. They began talking to Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) in DC, as well as others churches around the city, and two things quickly became clear: first, the city wanted churches to step up; and second, other churches were also hearing the call to focus on caring for kids in foster care.
And so DC127 was born. In James 1:27, where we get our name, it says, “pure and faultless religion is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” The District Church felt called to take a leading role in mobilizing the churches of our city with the goal of reversing the foster care wait list, so that there might be families waiting for children rather than children waiting for families. Our prayer is that one day Washington, DC will be an example of a place where churches embrace the children and families of their city.
DC127 follows a nationwide movement of similar groups focused on uniting churches around their foster care systems and families in need of support. These programs have seen measurable success in reunifying children with their families, reducing the number of children waiting to be adopted, recruiting supported and stable foster homes, and bringing city and state-wide attention to foster care.
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, which DC127 is helping bring to DC. Safe Families focuses on addressing social isolation that many parents face and provides a supportive community to families in crisis. Working with Safe Families allows DC127 to continue supporting kids and families in foster care and also help prevent other children from entering the system in the first place. We are launching Safe Families city-wide with churches this fall.
Playtime's mission is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in the District of Columbia. The District Church volunteers with Playtime at many of their locations throughout the city, including DC General shelter (located in the SE near RFK Stadium-Armory Metro) the largest emergency family shelter in DC and New Beginning Temporary Family Shelter (NW in Columbia Heights) . As volunteers we assist in providing weekly activities, healthy snacks, and opportunities to play and learn for the children. Currently we have a group of volunteers attending Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights 6:30-8:30pm.
Started by District Churcher Keith Blevins, DC Neighbor's mission is to bring neighbors together to improve the cleanliness of DC's streets and practice the art of neighboring.
We also partner to provide volunteers, tutors, and supplies to certain schools, including Next Step Public Charter School and Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Columbia Heights.
We have a heart to reach students at the many colleges and universities in our nation's capital. One way we do this is by partnering with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at George Washington University; through IVCF, we also work to provide students with summer and spring break experiences to encounter God's heart for the under-served communities of DC.