At Charlie’s Place, it all starts with a hot, nutritious meal. For 26 years, this nondenominational organization (housed at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church) has served breakfast to all who walk through its doors, providing more than 300,000 meals to homeless and low-income individuals in the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. Doors open at 6 AM, Tuesday through Saturday, and clients are welcome simply to eat – but they can also relax, play music, use the washrooms, and grab a bag lunch before they go. Every day, staff remind their guests of the other services offered on site or through partner organizations, including individual case management, clothing, job referrals, and housing and legal support. A bilingual nurse practitioner provides healthcare on Tuesdays, and the barber visits two days a week. The chef and floor staff are former clients themselves. It’s no wonder so many feel at home here, and each year, hundreds take steps toward independence with the support of a dedicated staff and more than 1,100 volunteers. Won't you join the team?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights deliver meals to Wards 7 and 8

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   25,000 meals to 450 unique individuals
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:  
    1,100 volunteers from all over the country, who donate more than 10,000 hours
  • Visits to our Licensed Clinical Nurse Practitioner:   370 in 2015
  • Articles of clothing distributed:   Over 1,000
  • Clients in our case management program in 2015:  
    48 clients, with 26 finding jobs and 22 placed into housing

Awards & Recognition

2014, 2015 - Dupont Circle Citizens Association award for service
2015, 2016 - Chosen by Stone Soup Films for documentary production


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Charlie's Place is: Less than $500k

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