Video Caption: Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff participants in Hypothermia Outreach for folks experienceing homelessness in the Georgetown neighborhood.
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. All HOME programs aim to promote human dignity and respect for people experiencing homelessness.
If you have any questions about the HOME Program: Homelessness Outreach | Meals | Education or additional homelessness outreach opportunities, please contact Brianna Ledsome, HOME Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
GMC 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. Watch videos to learn more.
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. Complete a sign up form here.
The severe weather in winter makes homelessness more immediately life-threatening, especially during hypothermia season (from November 1 through March 31). Every summer and 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/Hyperthermia Outreach Team (HOT) as the severe weather approaches. HOT volunteers help to prevent death from exposure and encourage unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness to seek safety in available shelters and warming or cooling 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. Register your interest in the Hypothermia Outreach Team today.
Father McKenna Center
The Center for Social Justice partners with Campus Ministry and their variety of student groups to provide volunteer opportunities for students at the Father McKenna Center. The Father McKenna Center's Mission is "to accompany and care for families struggling with poverty and men facing homelessness by providing food, shelter, clothing and services to support their journey toward stability, productivity, meaning and hope, building upon the good works, ideals and values of Father Horace McKenna, S.J." Volunteers aid with FMC's mission and accompany individuals experiencing homelessness.
As a Father McKenna Center volunteer you will, most importantly, promote dignity and provide a warm and welcoming presence to the guests who visit. You will do this through serving breakfast, sorting donations, helping cook lunch, stocking the food pantry, and a variety of other tasks that Father McKenna Center needs. Volunteering at Father McKenna Center ensures continuity of service to the individuals experiencing homelessness who rely on the McKenna Center.
Logistics: groups will leave campus at 7am in a CSJ van from the front gates and return at 10:30am. Transportation is provided both to and from campus. All necessary orientation, instruction and reflection will occur at the Father McKenna Center on the day of volunteering. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and if possible, bring a hat. Hats are required at FMC, so either bring you own or plan on borrowing one of FMC's.
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, January, May, and June.
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 or above 95 degrees. The day of, outreach is confirmed with the volunteer team prior to 4:30pm. Outreach typically takes about two hours and starts at 7:00pm 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 or hyperthermia, connecting individuals to city’s resources, and providing emergency supplies such as blankets, handwarmers, and water.
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 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.
Hypothermia/Hyperthermia Resources and Numbers
- Hypothermia Hotline: 202-399-7093
D.C.'s Hypothermia Shelter Hotline provides transportation to emergency shelters, and distributes items such as blankets, gloves and jackets.
- Community Crisis Center: 240-777-4000
- Shelter Services: 240-777-3289
- Non-Emergency Police: 301-279-8000
Prince George’s County:
- Homeless hotline: 888-731-0999
- Non-Emergency Police: 301-352-1200
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-746-4444
- Carpenter's Shelter: 703-548-7500
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-746-4444
- More information on Alexandria Hypothermia Resources
- Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN): 703-228-7803
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-558-2222
- Department of Health and Human Services: 703-228-1350
- More information on Arlington County Hypothermia Resources
- Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-691-2131
- More information on Fairfax County Hypothermia Resources
- Winter Homeless Shelter (217 Gordon Road): 703-854-1400
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-248-5053