HOME Program: Homelessness Outreach | Meals | Education

Fall 2017: Register your interest TO SERVE as a HOME Program Assistant

The HOME Program: Homelessness Outreach | Meals | Education coordinates CSJ's multiple homeleness outreach and education efforts in collaboration with community partners, campus partners, and student organizations. The program includes awareness-buildling, advocacy campaigns, and direct service opportunities.

If you have any questions about the HOME Program: Homelessness Outreach | Meals | Education or additional homelessness outreach opportunities, please contact homelessness@georgetown.edu.

HOME Program Assistants

CSJ partners with the Georgetown Ministry Center, a non-profit homeless service provider in Georgetown, dedicated to guiding homeless individuals towards stability and housing through street outreach; educating the community about homelessness; and creating a safe and welcoming environment in the center where everyone is treated with respect.

Federal Work Study and volunteer positions are available to Georgetown students to support different client-focused programs and projects, 4-8 hours a week. Students are trained and participate in reflection sessions.  Register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/B5N36LEUBIz0cVzv1.

Hypothermia Outreach Team (HOT)

Homelessness rates in Washington, DC have been rising in recent years, a crisis that is further exacerbated by severe weather. Every winter, Washington, DC city government agencies, faith communities, and nonprofit organizations provide emergency services to support men, women, and families experiencing homelessness. 

As part of these efforts, CSJ partners with the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) to form a Hypothermia Outreach Team (HOT) as the cold weather approaches. HOT volunteers help to prevent death from exposure and encourage unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness to seek safety in available shelters and warming stations. This volunteer work is an important way for the Georgetown community to care for our own neighbors in need. No previous experience or specialized skills are required. 

Watch this short video of CSJ's Hypothermia Outreach Team and listen to this story, Homeless residents share what it is like to live outdoors in DC in February, about HOT from WAMU.

All are invited to register their interest and RSVP to a HOT training. Contact homelessness@georgetown.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions about HOT

Q:    What are the training requirements?

A:    All volunteers must participate in a one hour orientation.  These trainings are scheduled in November and again in January.

Q:    What is the time commitment for HOT?

A:    HOT members volunteer on an ad hoc basis. Every Sunday during hypothermia season an email is sent asking for volunteers on the nights the temperature is predicted to drop below freezing. The day of, outreach is confirmed with the volunteer team prior to 4:30pm. Outreach typically takes about two hours and starts at 7pm at the Center for Social Justice.

Q:    How often will I participate in outreach?

A:    There is no minimum or maximum number of times you must participate during the season. You participate when you are available when a scheduling request is sent out during periods of extreme weather.  We need a minimum of four people each session in order for a team to conduct outreach

Q:    What will I be doing during outreach?

A:    Conducting wellness checks with individuals experiencing homelessness in the Georgetown catchment area. These wellness checks will include checking for signs of hypothermia, connecting individuals to city’s resources, and providing emergency supplies such as blankets and handwarmers.

Q:    Are there supplies that I can donate to the HOT team?

A:    Yes! We are always in seek of new socks, gloves, winter hats and scarves. Unopened emergency (foil/thermal) blankets, hand warmers, and non-expired, pre-packaged granola bars are also welcome. These can be brought to the HOME Program Coordinator's office, office 138 inside the Center for Social Justice (Poulton Hall, Suite 130). You can also support HOT's work with a financial donation here. Please make sure to mark "CSJ Hypothermia Outreach Team" on your gift.