The Center – Downtown Day Services Center for the Homeless
Monday – Fridays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Downtown Day Services Center (The Center) is located in the basement of The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Center is made possible by the District of Columbia Department of Human Services and the Downtown Business Improvement District. The Center is offering services by appointment from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, including restrooms, showers, laundry, phone charging and emergency clothing. Lunchtime meal service will continue to be offered daily, including weekends, from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the park adjacent to the church.
Radcliffe Room Ministry
Currently serving in Triangle Park on Sundays, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
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 bagel and coffee hour. Refreshments, including bagels and coffee, are served to our guests by Deacons, other members and friends of the congregation, members of the community and even some of the homeless men and women themselves.
While historically guests and volunteers have mingled, shared, and even sang together in the church’s Radcliffe Room, due to the global pandemic, guests are now being served in Triangle Park adjacent to The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.
In addition to the coffee hour, the Radcliffe Room offers a clothing closet where men and women from the streets can receive clothes and toiletries. Men and women’s clothing is available. Prior to COVID-19, men and women could select clothes from racks and thus not only receive what they need, but also select what they like. Since the pandemic, once a guest identifies a need, volunteers bring options out of the closet so guests still can have a say in what they wish to receive, while remaining safe and socially distant.
We welcome those who might be interested in the Radcliffe Room Ministry to visit some Sunday morning, perhaps prepare and serve refreshments, greet our guests and listen to them.
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.
Compiled by the Downtown Cluster of Congregations (downtowncluster.org)