Christ House

Goal of Program

At Christ House, the medically vulnerable men experiencing homelessness who come to us as they heal are not just our clients. When they are in our care, they are our neighbors and our community members. We opened our doors in 1985 as the first medical respite facility for patients facing homelessness with acute medical conditions. Our patients are too sick for the streets, but not sick enough to be admitted long-term at a hospital. We offer holistic services including case management, addictions counseling, community activities, nutritious meals, 24/7 nursing care, and a safe place to rest and recover. We are focused on hospitality and healing. Our Volunteer Corps offers the unique opportunity to walk alongside people experiencing homelessness with acute medical needs in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

Type of Placement

We welcome volunteers to serve in both clinical and non-clinical roles. After completing a year of service with Christ House, volunteers typically pursue a medical degree or work within a non-profit.

Service Area

Washington, DC

Service Length


Program Size

Up to 7 volunteers


Applicants must be 21 years old at the start of the program. Volunteers should have a desire to work alongside men experiencing homelessness and a commitment to living in intentional community.

Financial Arrangements

Room and board in a beautiful, fully furnished home, monthly stipend, medical insurance, assistance deferring student loans, vacation, sick and holiday leave

Living Arrangements

Volunteers live in intentional community in a five-bedroom home located a block away from Christ House


An orientation is held in early June for our incoming volunteers.

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with priority deadline being December 1.

Start Date



Benny Mattis


1717 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202 571-6863


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Lydia Olsen
1717 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202 328-1100
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1717 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
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