Program Modifications 2020

Updated March 20, 2021

The Father McKenna Center has modified its programs and services in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Father McKenna Center has modified its programs and services in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our response is principally guided by a commitment to our mission of service to Fr. Horace McKenna’s “flock,” and our focus is always on the safety and dignity of the people we serve. We are following the guidelines established by the DC Department of Human Services and the movement to Phase II regulations issued by Mayor Bowser.

The Board of Directors of The Father McKenna Center has authorized us to take the steps outlined below. In these challenging times with fast-evolving information and guidelines, we continue to adjust our programs.  This page will be regularly reviewed and date stamped to ensure accurate and timely information.

The Day Program has re-opened with a modified schedule. There will be two service sessions: 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (last entry 11:15). During each session a man can have a meal (Breakfast: 7:30 am to 8:30 am or Lunch: 11:30 am), access to a shower, case management and mail distribution.  Limited clothing will be available (socks, T-shirts and underwear). Guests, volunteers and staff will undergo a health screening including a temperature check before they enter the Center. Masks must be worn at all times, except during meals. Social distancing will be practiced. All services will be delivered outside on Eye Street to improve social distancing and reduce social contacts.  You can learn more about the District’s response here.

The hours for the Food Pantry have changed. The Food Pantry is open from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. This is a temporary change in the hours of operation. We continue to serve our regular Food Pantry patrons to ensure we balance nutrition, safety, and dignity. Food Pantry patrons can access the pantry twice each month (every 14 days).

We are accepting new applicants to the program. Applicants must be residents of Ward 6 and should bring valid picture ID, proof of residence (lease, mortgage, or utility bill), and proof of income (SNAP, Medicaid, or SSI statement).

  • Food Hub

We are serving as a Community Food Hub Distribution Point, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank.

Any DC Resident with ID can collect groceries as often as needed from our pop-up Food Hub at 900 North Capitol Street, NW, in front of St. Aloysius Church on the Campus of Gonzaga High School. We are open Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Grocery bags usually include:  9 – 11 canned foods (vegetables, soup, fruit), peanut butter, and dried foods (rice or pasta, beans), as well as fresh produce.

The Father McKenna Center welcomes volunteers to support all of our programs: the Day Program (7:30 am to 9:30 am or 10:15 am to 12:30 pm).

Immersion programs have been suspended until further notice.

The Hypothermia Program has come to an end for this season. It remained open for an additional 16 weeks this year to provide a safe and structured environment for the men on the journey to a more stable and meaningful life. We are not accepting new applicants at this time.