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 sick, homeless patients in the country and are still the only such medical respite program for men experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. Since that time, we have remained on the cutting edge of conversation around radical hospitality, inclusion, and healing. 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. Our Volunteer Corps offers the unique opportunity to walk alongside those we have the honor of serving in both medical and non-medical roles.

Type of Placement

We welcome volunteers to serve as a registered nurse, respite care assistant, clinical unit assistant, case management assistant, community builder, and care coordinator. After completing a year of service with Christ House, volunteers typically pursue a medical degree or work within a non-profit.

Service Area

Washington, D.C.

Service Length

12 months beginning in early June, renewable.

Program Size

6-8 volunteers


Applicants must be 21 years old at the start of the program. Volunteers should have a desire to work alongside men experiencing homelessness.

Financial Arrangements

Room and board in a fully furnished home, personal and community monthly stipend, medical insurance, assistance deferring student loans, year end bonus, vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Living Arrangements

Volunteers live in intentional community supporting each other's growth and sharing in experiences in Emmanuel House, a five bedroom home located a block away from Christ House.


An orientation is held in early June for our incoming volunteers. Volunteers receive on-site training and engage in monthly opportunities for professional development and spiritual guidance.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority deadline being February 1.

Start Date



Lydia Olsen


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


[email protected]


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