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Homeless Ministry

Radcliffe Room

Warming Center

The Warming Center is the latest addition to the Radcliffe Room Ministry for the homeless at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Beginning January 8, 2015, the warming center will be open every Thursday morning, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  It will be open to all, especially our homeless neighbors.  Hot tea and/or hot chocolate will be available.

Sundays from 8:15 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.

For more than 30 years, the Board of Deacons of The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church has invited men and women living on the street or in a shelter to a Sunday morning coffee hour in the Radcliffe Room. Refreshments, most often bagels, punch and coffee, are served to our guests by Deacons, other members and friends of the congregation and some of the homeless men and women themselves. Familiar hymns are sung around the piano, played either by the guests of the Radcliffe Room or members of the congregation.

Volunteers walk around the room, greeting, listening, sharing. The Radcliffe Room is cool in the summer and warm, dry in the winter, and welcoming whatever the season. Pilgrims from the street can use the church’s restrooms, which are also available to them throughout the week.

In addition to the coffee hour, the Radcliffe Room offers a clothing room where men and women from the streets can go to choose not only what they need, but what they want. Perhaps because they are able to make choices, the people who visit the clothes closet have named it “The Store.” Men and women’s clothing is available. Tee shirts, sweatshirts, sport shirts, blue jeans, casual pants, winter jackets, gloves, scarves, warm hats, boots, and shoes line the shelves and hang on racks.

We welcome those who might be interested in the Radcliffe Room Ministry to visit some Sunday morning, sing some hymns, perhaps prepare and serve refreshments, greet our guests and listen to them. Contact Eleanor Robins,


A list of homeless resources and services in Washington, D.C. (such as meal services, shelters, family services, street outreach, mental health, showers, medical, etc.) has been compiled and is available from the link below.

Download:  Homeless_Services_and_Resources_DCC.doc

Compiled by the Downtown Cluster of Congregations (