Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: November 6, 2012, 4:46 PM
The St. Luke's Mission Center is a nonprofit organization in the District of Columbia that administers and funds a variety of initiatives around hunger and homelessness services on behalf of the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Parish.
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Parish is a multi-site church in NW Washington DC. In addition to St. Luke's Mission Center in Glover Park at 3655 Calvert St. NW, there is Wesley United Methodist in Chevy Chase at 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW and Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist at 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW across from American University. Our shared vision is that of extending radical hospitality, pursuing justice, and transforming lives.
History of St. Luke's
Originally the St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the congregation has an incredible history in responding to the needs of the community—being the first church in Ward 3 to build a transitional shelter for homeless men. In 2009, St. Luke's UMC merged with Metropolitan Memorial, and the serving ministries team worked to establish it as a Mission Center of the parish, developing partnerships with the community, establishing a steering committee, and applying for 501(c)3 status. It has been an exciting time of expanding existing ministries while forming new initiatives.
In addition to the resources and leadership of the three church communities in our parish, we are working closely with Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place—who also rent office space for their administration staff at the Center. Our Campus Kitchen Project is a part of the national project of DC Central Kitchen, and we are looking to expand that partnership and our kitchen's use. Other area churches, such as the National Cathedral and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, partner with us in the Campus Kitchen Project and special initiatives such as Winter Warmth (soup, clothing, blanket, and boot drive for the homeless community during the cold months).