Begun in 1987 with just one social worker and a mandate to provide service and shelter, GMC has since grown into a year-round drop-in center, providing psychiatric and medical outreach, social and mental health services, case management, shelter and housing support, handicapped-accessible bathrooms, and laundry facilities to one of the very neediest populations: chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and physical injuries. Many are resistant to help, so GMC creates a welcoming environment that fosters trust. Last year it reached nearly 800 homeless individuals, including 60-70 “regulars.” An on-staff psychiatrist served 100, while a general practitioner provided care to 350. Moving from the streets to housing is profoundly challenging for this population, but for those who achieve it each year, GMC supports them at each step. On a cold night in Georgetown, you can add some warmth.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; Georgetown; Foggy Bottom; West End; Burleith
Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Disabled
Schools They Work In: Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School; Georgetown Day School; Sidwell Friends School; Hyde-Addison Elementary School; Benjamin Stoddert Elementary School; Little Folks School; Georgetown University
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Awards & Recognition
Fox 5 DC "Hometown Hero" for Georgetown community, 2017
Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2017-18
Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2013-14
The Washington Club Community Service Award, 2012
Georgetown Business Association Art Schultz Communitarian Award, 2009
- Sally Quinn Hosts Spirit of Georgetown Benefit Honoring the Mayor
Thu Oct 19 2017, The Georgetown Dish
Community comes together to mark 30 years of service, honor DC mayor & thank Executive Director, Gunther Stern, for his leadership
- I Realized They're Human Beings
Thu Sep 28 2017, byGEORGE Blog
Greg Sherman was a Northwestern grad, trained Constitutional lawyer, & father of 2. He died in 2006 on a bench by the C&O Canal, homeless.
- Georgetown Ministry Center
Wed Sep 27 2017, The Georgetowner
GMC's 30 year anniversary is being recognized both as a celebration of the progress that has been made & a reminder of the work to be done.
- Honoring a Hometown Hero
Tue Aug 8 2017, Fox 5 DC
On June 8, 2017, Fox 5 DC honored Georgetown Ministry Center as its HometownHero for the Georgetown Community!
- Fox 5 Names Ministry Center Georgetown's 'Hometown Hero'
Wed Jun 21 2017, The Georgetowner
On June 21, 2017, Georgetown Ministry Center was featured in The Georgetowner newspaper for being recognized as Fox 5 DC's Hometown Hero.
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