Homelessness

 
 
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G’TOWN SATURDAY SUPPERS & SUNDAY DINNERS

Sundays, 5 p.m. at Georgetown Pres

Saturdays, 5 p.m. at Mt. Zion UMC

“GSS” and “GSD” are weekly ecumenical projects that feeds more than 70 unhoused Georgetowners every weekend. In 2013, a group of pastors and lay people recognized that there were no hot evening meals for the homeless on Saturdays and Sundays. After a few weeks working out logistics, GSS was born, shortly followed by GSD. GSS is based at Mt. Zion Methodist church just down the street, and GSD is based here at GPC.

Our model is simple – each church has assigned days to provide and serve a meal. Volunteers sign up online to bring a portion of the meal and serve it. The time commitment is from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the designated day. We serve the last Saturday of each month at Mt. Zion UMC, and the second Sunday here at GPC. This model only works because of the dedication of volunteers who are invested in caring for our unhoused neighbors.

Please click on the links above for upcoming dates.

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SOUL FOOD

Soul Food is a concert series that seeks to feed all people in body and soul, uniting us in a common love and need for the nourishment of the arts. Started in 2016 with a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Soul Food connects up-and-coming artists with people in our community who often have restricted access to the arts.

Our congregation hosts a weekly meal for folks in our community facing food insecurity and homelessness. Once a month, that meal features a concert. Musicians in the past have included a student jazz quartet, Strathmore Artists-in-Residence, and the Young Artists of America at Strathmore.

This program is successful because of the hard work and generosity of volunteers. If you’re interested in being a part of this by helping cook the meal, visit gtownpres.org/serve or email Chris Chatelaine-Samsen, Associate Pastor for Mission at ccs@gtownpres.org. If you’d like to perform for the concert series, email Mark Willey, Director of Music at maw@gtownpres.org.

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THE WINTER SHELTER

Participating in the Georgetown Ministry Center Winter Night Shelter is one of the most visible outreach programs. Every year for three or four weeks, GPC hosts at least 10 guests to live in the Georgetown Room. There we provide a hot meal and hospitality during the coldest months. We’re hosting in 2019 from February 17th – March 9th.

Sign up here: Winter Shelter Signup Form

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GEORGETOWN MINISTRY CENTER

For many years, GPC has been a strong supporter of Georgetown Ministry Center, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless in our area. Through monetary and clothing donations, hosting the Winter Shelter, Georgetown Saturday Suppers, and other programs and events, GPC and other Georgetown-area churches, synagogues and organizations have contributed to this vital ministry. For current information on how you may help, please check the GMC website and look under their blog for “This Week’s Updates.”