WHO WE ARE
Charlie’s Place was founded in 1990 as a non-denominational, anti-hunger, homeless ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church by St. Margaret’s associate pastor, and Mongomery County Executive, the late Charles Gilchrist. What began as a group of socially concerned parishioners has now expanded to a week-long program which prides itself on its reputation for providing a safe, reliable, and welcoming environment.
Located in Washington, DC Charlie’s Place serves homeless and underprivileged populations in the neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights in Washington DC.
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.
Charlie’s Place is an outreach arm of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. We were founded in 1990 as a non-denominational, anti-hunger, homeless ministry. St. Margaret’s cherishes our diversity and works to offer a warm welcome to all. As a community they strives to witness to the presence of God in our lives through our commitment to justice, worship, care for one another and love of neighbor.
In the 1980s and early '90s, civil wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua drove significant numbers of Central Americans to the U.S. In Washington, D.C., alone, the Latino population increased by 170% in just ten years.
Seeing a burgeoning population of recently arrived Central American immigrants experiencing homelessness in Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights at the time, a small group of parishioners from St. Margaret's Episcopal Church...