HOME Program

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

The HOME Program 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 or additional homelessness outreach opportunities, pleaes contact the HOME Program Coordinator, Melissa Bernard.

HOME Program Assistants

CSJ partners with the Georgetown Ministry Center, an organization of the diverse communities of Georgetown, dedicated to guiding homeless individuals towards stability and housing through street outreach; creating a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect; and by educating the community about homelessness.

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.  

5K Race to End Homelessness

The 5K Race Against Homelessness on Sunday, March 26, 2017 benefits our community partner, Georgetown Ministry Center, a local drop-in center which serves people experiencing homelessness. This fun 5K competition concludes with a celebration, including local music, food, and family-friendly fun. Check out this Facebook album of photos from our Fall 2015 5K Race to End Homelessness.

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 HOME Program Coordinator, Melissa Bernard, at mb2171@georgetown.edu with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about HOT

Q:    What are the training requirements?

A:    All volunteers must participate in a one hour orientation, and then a two hour guided walk-through with a GMC staff member.  These trainings are scheduled in early November and again in early January.

Q:    What is the time commitment for HOT?

A:    During periods of extreme weather all HOT members are contacted before 3 p.m. and 4-6 volunteers are sought to participate in outreach that night. Outreach typically takes about 90 minutes to two hours and starts at 7 pm.

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:    During outreach, you check on 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. You can also support HOT's work with a financial donation here. Please make sure to mark "CSJ Hypothermia Outreach Team" on your gift.