This Parish's outreach is simply an expression of our belief in the Incarnation. It is a direct consequence of our faith that the Holy Spirit continues to live in human beings and that everyone has an obligation to every other living being. We positively look for ways in which we can serve those in our parish family but also those who do not worship here and, yet, have needs that we can help to meet.
The Parish is a Congregational Partner with Capitol Hill Group Ministry, a non-profit founded in 1967 by concerned congregations on Capitol Hill, to serve homeless and low-income families and individuals in Ward 6 and beyond by providing emergency and transitional housing, social services case management, and immediate basic necessities. In 2012, CHGM helped 2258 families with social services, reached nearly 250 chronically homeless individuals directly on the streets, and provided more than 5600 services to 775 individuals at Shirley's Place Day Center.
Our Parish provides financial contributions and goods for annual CHGM "drives," including Thanksgiving baskets; Christmas gifts; socks and thermals during hypothermia season; and backpacks for needy schoolchildren. In addition, CHGM provides opportunities for us to serve our community through its street outreach program and referrals to church visitors in need.
Parishioner Elizabeth Stanley serves as our representative on the Board of CHGM and the 2013 Vice Chair of the organization. Our priests have historically participated actively in quarterly clergy breakfasts where clergy discuss and help address emerging needs on Capitol Hill.
Our ministry extends deep into our community as the Parish of St. Monica and St. James provides meeting space for 20 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each month, space for the Contact Improv dance group, children's dance and music groups and training space for Aikido and Tae Kwan Do classes. The Parish also provides space for many community action and education organizations.
In the past, we have provided space for Our Place DC (an organization helping women who have recently been released from prison); the Cub Scouts; a Jewish study group Hill Havurah; the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families); the boards of the Washington Youth Choir (an after-school arts intervention program for disadvantaged high school students) and Higher Achievement (an after-school literacy program for middle school students); Sasha Bruce Youthwork (providing services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth and their families); the Havner Summer Camp; and the Capitol Hill Learning Group.