Charlie's Place (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Barbara Wille

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  • Organization Name:Charlie's Place
  • Address:1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    United States

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  • Main phone:202-232-2995

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Charlie's Place is one of empowerment, community and independence. We strive to promote justice, inclusiveness and the health of all people.

  • Overview:
  • Since we opened our doors 25 years ago in January, 1990, Charlie's Place has served over 310,000 meals to the homeless and hungry throughout the Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights neighborhoods in Washington DC. We are open Tuesday through Saturday at 6:00am (8:00 on Saturdays) and serve approx. 70 clients on weekdays and 90 on Saturdays, when many other programs are closed.

    Originally established as a meal program in 1990, Charlie’s Place now provides clients with employment placement services, housing placement services, Family re-unification support, skilled nursing services, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, clothing, toiletry and mail distribution, and a variety of other services designed to promote health, independence and community such as a haircutting service and lending library.

    Approximately 95% of Charlie’s Place clients are men. Of these men 65% are middle-aged adults; 48% are African-American; 39% are Hispanic and 13% are non-Hispanic white or Asian. As a percentage of total clients, 20% of the population is chronically homeless. It is a striking truth that 44% of homeless single adults in metropolitan Washington are employed, but are still unable to afford essentials like housing and regular meals.

    We are also seeing increasing numbers of these working poor begin their day with breakfast in our program. 85% of our clients live with serious chronic diseases, including mental illnesses, addiction and HIV/AIDS. During the 2013 and 2014 calendar years, Charlie’s Place provided services to upwards of 350-400 unique clients each year.

    As a residential community adjacent to a vibrant downtown commerce area, Dupont Circle has higher rates of homelessness then most other neighborhoods. On any given night there are upwards of 40 individuals sleeping in or around Dupont Circle. Charlie’s Place is the only weekday meal provider serving the western half of Ward 1 (a ward with a population of over 75,000 people). For these reasons, Charlie’s Place makes a significant impact within the homeless community and the neighborhood at large.

    Charlie’s Place provides the services of a full-time program manager / case manager, Matt Lang. Matt currently manages a case load of 39 clients, who he works with to find employment, housing, family re-unification and counseling. Charlie’s Place has established a network with other organizations, thus providing our clients a broader range of services. In 2014 we partnered with the DC Central Kitchen, the Department of Mental Health, The Potter’s House, Miriam’s Kitchen, Transgender Health Empowerment, Pathways to Housing, So Others Might Eat, The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Christ House, St. Luke’s Shelter, Us Helping Us, Unity HealthCare and Martha’s Table. These cooperative relationships helped us provide a complete array of referral services from HIV/AIDS testing, general and follow up health screenings, mental health assessment, job placement and housing placement.

  • History:
  • History of Charlie’s Place:
    Charlie’s Place was founded in 1990 as a non-denominational anti-hunger, homeless ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. We work to encourage community, health, and independence among men and women who are homeless or poor in Washington, DC. What began as a group of socially concerned parishioners has expanded to a 5-day/week program, employing 5 staff (Matt Lang is the sole full-time staff member) and we are very proud of our reputation for providing a safe, reliable and welcoming environment. Although Charlie’s Place resides at an Episcopal Church, our focus is to address social needs and not religious ones. Charlie’s Place takes special care in welcoming all people of any race, age, gender, background, faith or sexual orientations without judgment or evangelization of any kind. As a low-barrier program, we require no “quid pro quo” in return for breakfast or services. Our clients are offered the opportunity to participate in our health screening and case management services, and it is heartening when clients, based upon growing trust and confidence, say “I’m ready” and move into case management and health support.

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
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