What We Do

Serving our Homeless Neighbors Since 1990 — Celebrating 25 Years in Dupont Circle!

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Charlie’s Place was founded by former St. Margaret’s associate pastor, and Mongomery County Executive, the late Charles Gilchrist.  Our mission is one of empowerment, community, health, and independence among homeless men and women. For twenty-five years, Charlie’s Place has worked to achieve that mission through education, encouragement and helping people help themselves.  We strive to promote justice, inclusiveness and the health of all people.

Originally established as a meal program, Charlie’s Place now provides its clients with employment placement services, housing placement services, nursing services, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, clothing, toiletry and mail distribution, and a variety of other services designed to encourage health, independence and community.


Charlie’s Place now is open 5 days a week, with Saturday breakfast starting at 7:30am.  Since opening our doors on Saturday, we have served more than 40% MORE meals in 2015 than during the same time in 2014 — we are meeting a real and vital need in the neighborhood!  Join this exciting new effort by volunteering or making a gift!

2014 Accomplishments:

–       15,062 meals served.

–       37 clients found employment.

–       10 clients found housing.

–       356 clients attended to by our on-site nurse.

–       136 HIV/AIDS tests administered.

–       562 tokens/metro cards distributed.

–       2,142 items of clothing distributed.

–       812 haircuts were given.

Since opening our doors in 1990, we have served over 300,000 meals to our homeless and hungry neighbors