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.

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, D.C.  We serve men struggling with homelessness and families 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.

The Father McKenna Center offers :

  • Breakfast M-F from 7:30 am to 8:45 am
  • Lunch M-F from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
  • Food Pantry M, Tu, Th, F from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for low-income households in DC.

Our Programs

The mission of The Father McKenna Center is to care for families struggling with food insecurity and men experiencing homelessness by providing food, shelter, clothing and services to support their journey towards stability and productivity.

The McKenna Academy

The McKenna Academy is a program of The Father McKenna Center, which provides life skills-based classes to support men who seek to take the next step on their journey to end the cycle of homelessness

Day Program

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

Hypothermia Program

A unique, application-based experience that provides shelter during the hypothermia months along with intensive case management and community support.

Food Pantry

Offering healthy supplemental groceries in a welcoming environment to help address food insecurity for individuals and families residing in D.C

Immersion Service Learning Program

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

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May 2024 Volunteer Sign Up

Sign up for our May Day Program and Food Pantry.

April 2024 Volunteer Sign Up

Sign up for our April Day Program and Food Pantry.

Emergency Closure

CLOSURE UPDATE: The Food Pantry will be open as per usual this week. The day program remains closed indefinitely.

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