community organizations housed at St. Stephen's

Our building is used by several organizations doing a wide range of direct local service and international advocacy work.

The Family Place DC

At The Family Place, we strive to promote stability and well-being for low-income families in the Washington, DC area. We offer education, support services, case management, and social support. The Family Place provides a welcoming, multi-cultural environment for every family or individual that enters our building. Dedicated to meeting the needs of our participants, we assist people of all age, ethnicity, and background. The Family Place has been serving the community for almost 40 years. 

Are you plugged in to your amp?

With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls and non-binary and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, identities, and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, rise up, and rock out!

Loaves and Fishes

This feeding program has been providing hot meals since the late 1960s at noon on Saturdays, Sundays, Monday federal holidays, Christmas, and Thanksgiving – days when other soup kitchens are closed.

Loaves and Fishes is not a separate organization but is a ministry of St. Stephen's. (However, some parts of its operations are carried out separately from the regular operations of the parish.)

Information on volunteering at Loaves and Fishes

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) was formed in 1980 by U.S. activists in order to support the revolution in El Salvador. CISPES channels direct financial support to projects that advance the strategic needs of the revolution and has sent more than 2,000 people on delegations to El Salvador. CISPES has organized many U.S. protests that have been crucial in confronting the U.S.-directed strategy of “low-intensity conflict.”


HacDC is devoted to collaboration in the creative use of technology. Founded in 2008 by a diverse group of engineers, artists, and hobbyists, HacDC hosts free and open activities to share knowledge, skills, and ideas. A combined meeting space and workshop at St. Stephen’s Church is stocked with specialized tools and supplies useful for the collaborative development of technological and artistic projects. HacDC is part of a global trend in amateur engineering clubs that have come to be known as “hackerspaces.” Centered on physical locations that function as shared workshops, these spaces support “makers” whose work bridges the realms of art and technology and who share a passion for putting old technology to new and creative purposes.

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project nurtures healthy child development and reduces the effects of trauma among children living in emergency family shelters in the District of Columbia. It believes that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status, and seeks to help create a city that provides every opportunity for homeless children to succeed by advocating for affordable housing and safe shelters for all families.

Positive Force DC

Positive Force DC recruits volunteers, raises funds, and gathers donations of food for neighborhood charities through benefit concerts, mostly aimed at youth audiences.

Thrive DC

Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Thrive DC – originally founded in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women – provides the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step toward independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness.

We Are Family

We Are Family provides free advocacy, services (such as transportation, groceries, visits), and companionship to isolated, low-income seniors in the Columbia Heights, Park View, North Capitol, and Shaw neighborhoods.

Words, Beats & Life

Words, Beats & Life is a hip-hop nonprofit that sponsors after-school programs, conferences, and an academic journal, providing a series of youth-focused programs and activities to bridge the gaps between the critical, academic community, the artists, and the youth who consume what the artists create.

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