Trinity Church is committed to the Gospel mandate to seek and serve the poor, the hungry and the homeless, particularly the homeless women in our community. From its inception, Trinity has always been a community church. This commitment continues now through the various outreach ministries at Trinity, especially its current commitment to serving the homeless community in the District of Columbia.
Trinity has always opened its doors to those who are less fortunate and in need of the assistance we have to offer, including providing clothing, counseling, food, funds and housing. In the past 16 years our concentrated efforts to the homeless were best expressed in the following ministry activities:
Annual Christmas Party and Dinner
Trinity hosts an annual Christmas Party and Dinner for the homeless community, especially those suffering from HIV and AIDS. Trinity members and their children provided entertainment which includes playing of musical selections, singing of traditional and favorite Christmas carols and reading of poetry. Each guest received a small monetary gift and full-course meal with the opportunity to take food home. Last year, we included a “Care Package” for everyone.
Care Knapsack for the Homeless
Trinity embraced and expanded its outreach to the homeless with the idea of involving the entire congregation by providing care packages in a knapsack to the homeless. Parishioners donate items such as socks, hand towels, washcloths, toothpaste and brushes, personal care items, food and water. The items are put into a knapsack and a given back to parishioners to distribute to homeless persons they meet on the streets during their daily travels through the city. The gift from parishioners enabled Trinity to purchase hundreds of biodegradable knapsacks for this program.
N Street Village Sunday Breakfast Program
On Sundays and on Thanksgiving Day members of Trinity Church volunteer to cook and serve hot breakfast to the homeless women at N Street Village. N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, they help women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. A typical meal served consists of scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, pork sausage, fruit cups, Danishes, and juices. We serve about 60 to 75 women at a time.
Members of the congregation gather at the church and prepare and package food that is that is delivered and handed out to the homeless on the street. This is an intergenerational ministry that draws parents and children together, especially for the preparation, packing and delivery of the food to the homeless. A caravan of cars from the church make stops at what we call “hot zones” in the city. Hot zones are the areas in the city where homeless people tend to congregate.
“Bed and Breakfast to Go”
Members of Trinity Church donate sleeping bags for the homeless and group of parishioners, including the youth and children, gathered at church to cook and package hot breakfasts that are delivered and handed out to the homeless on the street. Through this ministry, meal and the sleeping bag are provided to the homeless on the streets.
Transition and Temporary Housing
The working poor in Washington, DC are another group of homeless persons for whom Trinity provides housing. During the year, Trinity provides transitional and temporary housing for about four persons for up to three months at a time. The work poor are provided with housing that consists of one room, a bath and a kitchen.
Trinity Episcopal Church continues to provide services to the homeless women, children and men of the District of Columbia and invites your support of its efforts.
Contact: Malva Reid, ministry chair