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Who we are, what we do

The Father McKenna Center is an independent 501(c)3 in the Ignatian Catholic tradition, steps from the US Capitol in Washington, DC. We serve men struggling with homelessness and families in Ward 6 dealing with food insecurity. We provide a structured program supporting our mission of Meetings 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.

What’s happening now

Our Vision

People who struggle with poverty and homelessness will have access to the resources they need to create and sustain lives of stability, productivity, meaning and hope.

Our Values

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.

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.

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.

Homeless Day Shelter
Day Program

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

Hypothermia Program
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
Food Pantry

Offering healthy supplemental groceries in a market 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.

© 2021 The Father Mckenna Center.