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December 11, 2017

It’s GMC’s 12 Days of Giving: Day 1!

Georgetown Ministry Center is excited to announce our 12 Days of Giving Campaign, kicking off today!

This year, we’ve partnered with 11 generous local businesses who have joined forces with us to help end homelessness! These amazing establishments have made in-kind donations to be given away one-by-one during each day of our 12-day online fundraising campaign which will run December 11 – December 22.

The way it works is simple: Each participating establishment has been assigned a day. Donate to GMC on that day, and/or share that day’s campaign link on your Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts (don’t forget to tag GMC so we see it!), and you could win that day’s giveaway! Keep an eye on your inbox (sign up for our newsletter from the homepage of our website if you haven’t already!) and check GMC’s social media pages throughout the life of the campaign to receive details about each day’s prize giveaway.

Day 1’s community supporter is The Kennedy Center!

We’ll be giving away a collection of Kennedy Center performance posters, a 50th Anniversary Washington National Opera coffee table book and an official program book from the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors! (valued at $150)

We hope you’ll join us and our amazing community supporters to achieve our end of year fundraising goal to support GMC’s center operations during the 12 Days of Giving. Donate today!

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December 8, 2017

This Year at GMC, Give & You Might Receive!

Georgetown Ministry Center is excited to announce our 12 Days of Giving Campaign!

This year, we’ve partnered with 11 generous local businesses who have joined forces with us to help end homelessness! These amazing establishments have donated prizes to be given away one-by-one during each day of our 12-day online fundraising campaign which will run December 11 – December 22.

The way it works is simple: Each participating establishment has been assigned a day. Donate to GMC on that day, and/or share that day’s campaign link on your Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts (don’t forget to tag GMC so we see it!), and you could win a prize! Keep an eye on your inbox and check GMC’s social media pages throughout the life of the campaign to receive details about each day’s prize give-away.

We hope you’ll join us and our amazing community supporters to achieve our end of year fundraising goal to support GMC’s center operations. It’s the Season of Giving and we are grateful to our community of supporters who have given so generously to this campaign — see their prize donations below and then get ready for Day 1 of the campaign, kicking off on Monday, December 11!

1st Day of Giving, December 11: Prize donated by The Kennedy Center – An assorted collection of Kennedy Center performance posters, a 50th Anniversary Washington National Opera coffee table book and an official program book from the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors (valued at $150)

2nd Day of Giving, December 12: Prize donated by  Georgetown Salon and Spa – A set of 2 haircuts and blow-dries at the upscale Georgetown salon by renowned stylist, Onder Yavuz (valued at $240)

3rd Day of Giving, December 13: Prize donated by Farmers Fishers Bakers – Gift certificates for Lunch and Dinner at this farmer-owned sustainable restaurant in Georgetown that serves made-from-scratch food & delicious hand-crafted drinks (Lunch certificate valued at $75; Dinner certificate valued at $100)

4th Day of Giving, December 14: Prize donated by The Graham Hotel – An overnight stay at the luxury boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Georgetown(valued at $469; all taxes and gratuities are included)

5th Day of Giving, December 15: Prize donated by Newseum – 2 Tickets for admission to the dynamic, engaging and interactive museum of news that allows visitors to experience the stories of yesterday and today through the eyes of the media while celebrating the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment (valued at $70)

6th Day of Giving, December 16: Prize donated by Chez Billy Sud – A gift certificate for Lunch or Dinner at this neighborhood French restaurant situated in the heart of Georgetown, offering a delectable menu, handcrafted cocktails and a French-focused wine list in an inviting atmosphere, steeped in history and conviviality (valued at $100)

7th Day of Giving, December 17: Prize donated by Rosewood Hotel – A gift certificate for a 1-night stay at the refined Georgetown boutique hotel, breakfast included (valued at $545; taxes and service charges may apply)

8th Day of Giving, December 18: Prize donated by Paper Source Georgetown– A Creative Card-Making Party hosted for a group of 4 to 6 at the premier paper store for unique gifts, cards, gift wrap, wedding invitations, stationery, and crafts (valued at $120 plus 10% off shopping opportunity)

9th Day of Giving, December 19: Prize donated by Vineyard Vines – A signature whale tie from the preppy brand for the whole family, inspired by Martha’s Vineyard, that believes “Every day should feel this good” (valued at $85)

10th Day of Giving, December 20: Prize donated by Kendra Scott Georgetown – A beautiful matching earring and necklace set from the jeweler’s new Georgetown store, perfect for yourself or the special lady in your life! (Aiden necklace valued at $85, Addie gold drop earrings valued at $60)

11th Day of Giving, December 21: Prize donated by Cafe Milano – A gift certificate to the trendy, upscale Italian restaurant, reminiscent of a stylish Milan boutique and renowned for being a power center for diplomats, politicians, journalists, broadcasters, lobbyists, entertainers (valued at $200)

12th Day of Giving, December 22: Prize donated by Rosewood Hotel – A gift certificate to the luxury hotel’s Rooftop Bar and Lounge, valid for use through the 2018 Rooftop Season (valued at $100)

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December 6, 2017

Renovation on Georgetown Ministry Center’s day center continues! Construction began in mid-October and, at this time, the Center is predicted to reopen sometime in January.

While closed, GMC program staff are hosting a tent outside the Center entrance offering guests coffee, food, toiletries, mail and an opportunity for fellowship.

GMC has also partnered with neighboring congregations, including St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Presbyterian and Christ Church Georgetown, that have graciously opened their doors to provide our guests with alternative shower and laundry facilities during specific times each week. Program staff are using the time away from the Center to perform street outreach and make home visits to previously housed guests of GMC.

Upon completion, the newly renovated Center will offer an upgraded laundry room, a new hot water heater, a remodeled shower and bathroom, and a more open and efficient floor plan. Stay tuned for reopening details!

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December 6, 2017

Another Georgetown icon passes. Beth was perhaps the most famous homeless person in Georgetown at one time. Some might argue it was Sky King who died back in the early 80’s before Beth arrived on the scene, but I can tell you of Beth’s fame far and wide. On a trip to San Diego 15 years ago, I told someone what I did, working with homeless people in DC. Their eyes lit up. Do you know the woman with the signs in Georgetown? Of course.

Beth was a survivor. She survived many years on the street with an untreated mental illness. Before that Beth survived a horrific accident that left her with a disabling broken back. She survived a very difficult marriage which eventually left her penniless and homeless. Her untreated mental illness distorted her thoughts and made it impossible for her to trust anyone.

When Ron Koshes, GMC’s psychiatrist, decided to write an order to have Beth evaluated in a psychiatric emergency room on a frigid winter night 15 years ago, I was pessimistic. She would just end up back on the street, trusting us less. Imagine my surprise when she called me from the hospital two days later and said, “Gunther, I am so mad at you for putting me in here, but I am so glad you did. I can’t believe how bad I had become.”

In her recovery Beth became her own best advocate. She surrounded herself with people who cared. But she was easy to love and to want to support in her recovery. She became a good friend to so many people here in Georgetown. She loved her apartment in Chevy Chase. She loved her part time job at the Citizen’s Association of Georgetown. And she loved and embraced her community at Dumbarton UMC. As much as Beth’s community gave her strength, dignity and purpose in life, we were all inspired by her.

We should not forget that she was an artist that at one time made jewelry which was sold in stores. Beth put herself through college and became a CPA. As a CPA she worked for the City of Williamsburg and the State of Virginia as an auditor. All this before being ravaged by a terrible mental illness.

Her greatest achievement in life was her recovery from that illness. When Beth could have complained about the bad lot she drew in life, she instead expressed constant gratitude for the many people who gave her life meaning.

She might have been an icon of homelessness at one time, but for us in Georgetown she was an icon of courage and perseverance.

―Gunther Stern

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December 6, 2017

The 27th annual GMC Winter Shelter kicked off on the first Sunday in November at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. In cooperation with a slew of local congregations, GMC will continue to host 10 individuals experiencing homelessness through the second week of April this year — two weeks longer than the shelter has run in previous years, in order to provide additional warmth and shelter during the still-chilly early weeks of spring.

In addition to Grace Church, participating congregations include Church of the Pilgrims, Christ Church, Holy Trinity, St. Paul’s Parish, St. John’s, Georgetown Lutheran, Epiphany Roman Catholic, Georgetown Presbyterian, First Baptist, St. Stephen the Martyr, Kesher Israel and Dumbarton UMC. Designated volunteers cook meals each night, both serving and dining with guests, offering an opportunity for camaraderie among staff, volunteers and shelter residents. The shelter program relies heavily on volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering with this year’s shelter, contact GMC Case Manager, Sabrina Burrell, at sabrina@gmcgt.org. We’re always happy to have new volunteers to prepare meals, eat with guests, or spend the night. An important function of the shelter program is to offer its guests not just a meal and a place to stay, but a community of camaraderie and respect. A smiling face and listening ear can sometimes offer much-needed nourishment that a meal can’t provide. Consider joining us this season at the shelter! 

GMC board members and volunteers serve at the Church of the Pilgrims

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