The Father McKenna Center, Inc. is a social service agency located just blocks from the US Capitol, serving homeless men and very low income families who live in the shadow of the Capitol and the power centers of our government. In our neighborhood poverty exists “side by side” with great wealth in a community that is rapidly being re-gentrified.
Established in 1983 by the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish Community to carry on the legacy of Rev. Horace B. McKenna, SJ, the Center today responds to the basic human needs of our “guests” as an entré to assist them to address the long term issues of homelessness and poverty.
Today the Center offers three key programs:
The Day Shelter is the only day program for homeless men in downtown Washington.
The Food Pantry offers very low income families residing in Ward 6 the opportunity to come twice monthly to select groceries to supplement what their modest budgets allow.
The Hypothermia Program offers up to 20 homeless men the opportunity to have a safe, secure community setting where they can focus on applying for job opportunities and securing a permanent place to live. The goal of the program is that each man will be on the road to ending his homelessness by the end of the season.
The Center is funded by the generous support of foundations, corporate partners and individuals who believe in carrying forward Fr. McKenna’s legacy of care for the least among us.
The Center is governed by a Board of Directors who are dedicated and committed to ensuring that the Center will continue to meet the ever-changing needs of the constituencies we have identified in our mission. The President is Kimberly Cox, Ph.D.