BID gives its largest check ever to Ministry

Photo by Georgetown BID
The Taste of Georgetown in October
The Taste of Georgetown in October
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) presented the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) with the BID's largest donation ever --  a check for more than $38,000 from funds raised through the BID's seventeenth-annual Taste of Georgetown event in October.
 
The check was presented by Jim Bracco, Executive Director of the BID to GMC’s Executive
GMC Executive Director Gunther Stern, BID Executive Director Jim Bracco, Grace Church Rector John Graham, and GMC Outreach Director Roy Witherspoon (Photo by: Georgetown BID) GMC Executive Director Gunther Stern, BID Executive Director Jim Bracco, Grace Church Rector John Graham, and GMC Outreach Director Roy Witherspoon
Director Gunther Stern and Outreach Director Roy Witherspoon, and Grace Church Rector John Graham. The donation will be used to directly assist GMC in its mission to find lasting solutions for people who are homeless on the streets of Georgetown.
 
Established in 1987, GMC is a non-profit social service organization that provides services for the homeless including counseling, information services, street outreach, showers and laundry, as well as a consulting physiatrist who takes time to meet with these individuals both in GMC’s office and on the street. 

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GMC’s unique presence in Georgetown makes it an essential part of services cast to the city’s homeless population. Services include:
  • Drop-In Center - GMC maintains drop-in office hours from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, for counseling, information, and referral services. With additional office hours and outreach activities in the afternoons and evenings. GMC helps clients access entitlements, transitional and permanent housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and employment programs.
  • Shower and Laundry - GMC offer showers and laundry services seven days a week 
  • Street Outreach - GMC Staff visits the most vulnerable and withdrawn of the homeless on the streets, in the alley’s and under bridges to offer services, a friendly ear and perhaps prevent a hypothermia death.
  • Psychiatrist - Since 1997, GMC has brought competent, caring psychiatry to the streets where homeless people reside. The psychiatrist sees homeless people one evening a week and on an emergency basis as needed. The psychiatrist engages treatment-resistant homeless persons in the center, on the streets and at the shelter.
  • Winter Shelter - Today’s program serves ten homeless people beginning in November and ending in mid-April. The shelter is open from 7:00pm to 7:00am, seven days a week and rotates semi-monthly among member congregations in Georgetown. The Shelter offers a comfortable, friendly, low-demand environment designed to appeal to the most vulnerable and service-resistant homeless people.
In 2004, the Georgetown BID became involved with the organization and production of the Taste of Georgetown event, originally created by Grace Church, and has since raised over $100,000 for GMC. This year’s event saw an unprecedented high attendance on a beautiful fall day and showcased the spectacular cuisine of 30 of Georgetown’s finest restaurants, wines and music. Growing larger each year, the Taste of Georgetown has become the premier food and wine festival in DC.