During his time with St. Aloysius Church near Union Station, Father Horace B McKenna was known by many as “Washington’s priest to the poor.” Since 1982, the Father McKenna Center has honored his legacy, providing more than 20,000 homeless men with the services they need to survive. Every weekday, more than 100 men come to the Day Center to eat, take showers and do laundry, access phones, mail, computers, and clean clothing, and attend a support group. Staff work with guests to identify challenges and goals, and then connect each individual to the services and resources he needs to move forward. The Hypothermia Program pairs intensive case management with evening care and overnight shelter for up to 20 men during the cold months of winter. And through the Center’s food pantry, more than 200 low-income families living in Ward 6 “shop” for much-needed groceries, including fresh bread, produce, milk, eggs, and meat. It all happens thanks to dedicated staff, a youth service-learning program, and hundreds of other volunteers. You can join them.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys

Awards & Recognition

We do not do our work for honors - we work to help people because they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The Father McKenna Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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