Service & Outreach

Outreach at St. Margaret's is a natural extension of the faith life of our community. We offer a wide range of opportunities as diverse in their manifestations as the people of God who come together in our pews each Sunday. Whatever your talent, whatever your calling, join with us as we seek to live out the Gospel outside our doors. There are many ways to practice being a people of justice, hope and love, so stay tuned for new initiatives! 

Charlie's Place 

Charlie’s Place is an outreach ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, providing not only a hot breakfast Tuesday - Friday mornings from 6:30am - 8:15am, but also supportive services for our participants. Program Manager Matt Lang coordinates case management, street outreach, housing and job search assistance. A nurse from Unity Healthcare visits the program weekly to provide access to medical care. Volunteers organize and manage the clothes closet and help with every aspect of Charlie's Place. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Matt Lang,

Who is Charlie? Founded by the Rev. Charles Gilchrist in 1990 to serve the homeless and poor in the neighborhood. When Gilchrist died in 1999, the Homeless Breakfast Program was renamed in his honor.  

For more information about Charlie's Place please visit the website

Charlie's Place - Awareness & Fund-raising Activities

Charlie's Place staff and volunteers regularly engage the community in our efforts to address homelessness and be present to the most vulnerable of our neighbors. Members of St. Margaret's and the dedicated advisory Board of Charlie's Place organize regular activities. Check this site or the Charlie's Place website for the latest happenings. If you're interested in donating or helping to organize an event for Charlie's Place, please contact our Development Coordinator, Barbara Wille at 

Clinica Santa Lucia in Honduras 

St. Margaret's works to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors in the San Pedro Sula region of Honduras through our support of the medical clinic in the small town of Proteccion. For nearly a decade, the parish has contributed to the operations of the clinic, subsidizing the salary of the clinic's director, Dr. Waldo Madrid, and the cost of medicine and supplies. For more information, contact the Assistant Rector Anne Nicholson at

Episcopal Relief and Development

Partnering with the worldwide Anglican Church, ecumenical agencies and local organizations, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) works to alleviate hunger and improve food supply, create economic opportunities, promote health and fight disease, and respond to disasters by rebuilding communities.   

Partner Arms II

Partner Arms I and II are apartment residences for 27 formerly homeless families in the Petworth neighborhood of NW DC, operated by Transitional Housing Corporation, a church-related non-profit.  To meet difficult challenges, residents receive counseling, job-readiness and other services to help mitigate barriers to stable housing.  

Through the “adopt an apartment” program, we periodically collect furniture and other equipment for an incoming family, and prepare a vacant apartment to serve as a new home.  Earlier this year we gathered furnishings and household goods along with funds for the purchase of new bedding, and move-in day was a rewarding labor.  Soon we received a heartfelt letter of thanks from the young mother who is getting a new start with her son in the home we prepared. During her recent visit to Washington, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katherine Jefferts Shori, visited St. Margaret’s “adopted” apartment, and learned about how this program allows us to witness to God’s transformative power in a life-changing process.

For more information, please contact David Griswold,

Seabury Resources for the Aging

Formerly known as Episcopal Senior Ministries, Seabury Resources for Aging provides personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the greater Washington, DC area live with independence and dignity.  

Seasonal Outreach


St. Margaret's parishioners make and distribute 12-25 Easter baskets each year to the children of Mary's Center.  For further information, please contact Dan Sealy at


Every November, St. Margaret's parishioners spring into action to provide Thanksgiving dinners for some of the families of the children who attend the Marie Reed School in Adams Morgan. We collect the fixings for 80 families to make their own Thanksgiving dinner. All menu items are delivered to Marie Reed on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. 


Each year at Christmas time, St. Margaret's helps celebrate the season through our adopt-a-family for Christmas project. Parishioners and community members donate clothes and gifts for approximately 35 families who are current clients of Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care. The mission of Mary’s Center is to build better futures through the delivery of health care, education and social services, regardless of ability to pay.