The Father McKenna Center is an independent non-profit steps from the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

We serve men struggling with homelessness and families dealing with food insecurity.

We provide a structured program supporting our mission
Meeting Needs … Reclaiming Lives.

We depend on community support.
You can help by praying for us, volunteering with us, or making a donation.

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Respect and Dignity

We believe that all persons are made in the image and likeness of God and as such deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

Stability and Meaning

We believe that people who struggle with poverty and homelessness deserve access to material, spiritual and support resources that will lead to stability and meaning in their lives.

Community Support

We believe that the wider community should embrace and support people who struggle with poverty and homelessness to ensure access to the resources necessary to reduce or eliminate these conditions.

Our Food Pantry is no longer open on Wednesdays.

Times are 1:30 to 2:30 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

Welcome to The Father McKenna Center

Meeting Needs … Reclaiming Lives

The Father McKenna Center is an independent 501(c)3 in the Ignatian Catholic tradition located in Washington, DC.  We serve men struggling with homelessness and families in Ward 6  facing food insecurity. We provide a structured program supporting our mission of Meeting Needs … Reclaiming Lives. We depend on community support. If you are able to help you can pray for us, volunteer with us, or donate to support our work.

Our Day Program has reopened with all services available between 7:30 am and 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please see our Activity Schedule for information on other programming.

Our Programs

Our mission is to accompany and care for families struggling with poverty and men facing homelessness by providing food, shelter, clothing, and services to support their journey toward stability, productivity, meaning, and hope, building upon the good works, ideals, and values of Father Horace McKenna, S.J.

Day Program

Supporting men on their journey through homelessness, with targeted case management and provision of basic human services.

Hypothermia Program

Ending an individual’s homelessness through a unique, application-based, wintertime living experience, with intensive case management, and a supportive community.

Food Pantry

Offering healthy supplemental groceries in a welcoming, min-grocery environment, to address food insecurity for families and seniors resident in Ward 6.

Immersion Service Learning Program

Exposing young women and men to the issues of homelessness and poverty, challenging them through service, reflection, and transformative education.

How can you help us during the Coronavirus crisis?

First and foremost, we need your prayers ...
Staff Photo 2020
Staff Photo 2020
Pray

  • for calm and courage in uncertainty
  • for our clients who already have stress and strain in their lives
  • for kindness and compassion at a time when community ties are challenged

You can also pray with us by following this link to Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm.

Continue Support

Please continue your support of our mission. We know that the most effective support you can offer is a financial contribution You can donate here.

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  • Share our mission with your friends

Latest News

Read more about our latest news posts and be informed

October 2021 Volunteer Sign Up

Sign up for our October Day Program and Food Pantry.

Local Focus, Global Impact

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Newsletter September 2021

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Visit Us

900 North Capitol Street, NW Washington, DC 20001202-842-1112info@fathermckennacenter.org

Mailing Address

19 Eye Street
NW Washington, DC 20001-1425
Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM