Community Outreach

Grate Patrol

As an integral part of the larger Salvation Army program, GLC’s Grate Patrol helps bring an evening meal to homeless individuals and families on the streets of Washington, DC. In fact, the Salvation Army has distributed more than 1.3 million meals to the homeless and others in need of something to eat since Grate Patrol began more than three decades ago. At 9 AM on the second and fifth Sunday of every month, GLC members and friends prepare sandwiches and pack individual meals in support of this congregational outreach ministry. Come lend a hand and share in the fellowship!

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

For 20 years, members, friends, and neighbors of Georgetown Lutheran Church have joined in fellowship to host a free Thanksgiving dinner for the entire community. This event is held the evening before Thanksgiving and is focused on providing a hot meal and friendship to the homeless, those of limited means, and those lonely and in need of fellowship. Everyone is invited to share this special time and wonderful meal--we hope you join us!
Last year, Georgetown Lutheran Church served between 100 and 130 plates of food. In total, volunteers prepared and served 110 lb. of turkey, 47 lb. of ham, 60 lb. of mashed potatoes, 30 lb. of yams, 26 lb. of green beans, 15 lb. of cranberry sauce, 27 lb. of corn, 4 gallons of gravy, plus rolls, dressing, and a variety of pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies. A food-filled container along with juice, fruit, and snacks was also given to those dinner guests wanting a carryout meal.

Winter Shelter

For 2 weeks each winter, Georgetown Lutheran Church works closely with the Georgetown Ministry Center to host the congregation-based winter shelter for the homeless. This annual “moving” shelter provides a group of 10-12 individuals – men and women – a warm meal each night, a safe place to sleep, and a breakfast to begin the next day. For over 20 years, Georgetown Lutheran Church has selflessly opened its doors to provide a safe environment to those in need and most vulnerable.
Volunteers help make this long-standing ministry a success. Meal preparation and kitchen clean-up are required on a daily basis plus volunteers help move shelter items and residents’ belongings from one church to another every couple weeks. Volunteers and helpers also share the evening meal, conversation, and fellowship with our temporary residents. Past volunteers and participants have found this to be a rewarding and memorable experience.

Food Drive

A relatively new outreach ministry for Georgetown Lutheran Church is our community-wide summer food drive to help fight childhood hunger. Each year, for the past three years, Georgetown Lutheran collects peanut butter and jelly in support of the Capital Area Food Bank. Collection of all varieties of nut butter and all types of jelly takes place in front of the church during the early summer months. We are always looking for new ways to partner with neighbors to solve community needs.