Street Greeting: Outreach to the Homeless (Friday Sept 22)

Event Information
Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Address: 
1407 21st St
Washington, DC 20036
Brief Description of Event: 
Background: Volunteers with the Community of Sant'Egidio in Washington, DC meet on Friday night at our office in Dupont Circle to prepare food for persons experiencing homelessness and distribute this food by going out into the neighborhood. While we are definitely fulfilling the physical needs of the poor, we are also reaching out in friendship to them. It is our conviction that this friendship is an antidote to the alienation of contemporary American society. Through offering our friendship and conversation, we seek to recognize our common human dignity and strengthen the bonds of charity between us. This, in turn, makes our city and our world a more humane place. The food is an essential component but it oftentimes serves as a means to the end I describe above. Logistics: Time: 6:00pm-approx. 8:45pm Location: The Community of Sant'Egidio - Washington Office 1407 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20036 Recommendations: Comfortable footwear and clothing as well as a metro card. Encouraged Donations: Fruit, peanut butter, jelly, turkey, bread, etc. Format: We arrive at our Washington office at approximately 6:00pm. Many people choose to bring donations of food like peanut butter, bread or fruit. We then prepare sandwiches and soup, as well as water and any other donated items in bags to be distributed to persons experiencing homelessness. After preparation is complete, we read a scriptural passage and pray as a group. We can adapt the prayer as necessary (we have had an imam recite Qur'an in the past). Around 7:00pm we divide into groups that will walk to different neighborhoods and hand out the food to the homeless. We recommend sharing your name (if you are comfortable with that) and engaging in friendly conversation. We return between 8:30pm and 9:00pm to reflect and share our experiences. Those interested are also welcome to join us as we frequently share a common meal at that time.
Organizations Involved
Organization to be Benefited: 
Community of Sant'Egidio
Sponsoring Organization: 
Community of Sant'Egidio
Event Coordinator Info
Event Coordinator Name: 
Mr. Charles Gardner
Event Coordinator Email: 
Open to volunteers: 
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