Caring people, organizations and churches in the Washington area are pitching in this year to provide more than 9,500 free Thanksgiving dinners to the needy.
The Community for Creative Non-Violence expects to serve dinners to 1,000 people on Thanksgiving Day. The Council of Churches of Greater Washington, with 16 of its participating churches and organizations, is sponsoring its fourth annual Walk-in-and-Eat Dinners for homeless families and individuals. The dinners, about 6,500 in all, will be served at the churches and the House of Imagene during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday.
Some groups, such as Martha's Table and the Salvation Army, will be serving Thanksgiving meals before Thursday.
Others, such as Lane Memorial C.M.E. Church and the Gospel Misson, will be serving after Thanksgiving Day so that the homeless and needy will be able to eat throughout the week.
Here is a partial listing of churches and agencies that will provide a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy: BEFORE THANKSGIVING
Sunday, Martha's Table, 2124 14th St. NW. Dinners for families at 1 p.m. Call 328-6608.
Tuesday, Peace Baptist Church, 727 18th St. NE, noon. Baskets for the needy. Delivery available. 399-3450. Salvation Army, Sherman Avenue Center, 3335 Sherman Ave. NW, at 6 p.m. Ninth Street Center, 1318 Ninth St. NW, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Mother Dear's Community Center, 1125 Spring Rd. NW, 11:30 a.m. Contact Rev. Annie Woodridge, 387-5129. Scripture Church, Ninth and O streets NW, at noon, 483-9707. Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church, Sixth and I streets NW, at noon. 638-2343. THANKSGIVING DAY
Bethany Women's Center, 1335 N St. NW, at noon. Call Erna Steinbruck at 483-3739. The center serves a daily hot meal and provides counseling for homeless women. Weekend volunteers are needed.
Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW, noon to 2:30 p.m. To volunteer to serve dinner, contact the Rev. Rodney Bolton at 347-8355. The center provides job counseling and counseling for the homeless. Morning drop-in lounge provides coffee and cookies on Tuesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Catholic Charities Project COVE (Community Outreach to the Vunerable Elderly), delivering Thanksgiving meals to the homebound. Contact Colette Cook, 387-3020.
Church of the Savior at the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, at noon. For people who have participated in the church's outreach program during the year. Runs a drop-in center for mothers; provides health care, low-cost housing and job training.
Community for Creative Non-Violence, Lafayette Park, 3 to 5 p.m. CCNV serves meals daily at 6 p.m. at 425 Second St. NW. Clothing distributed through the shelter; groceries distributed four days a week at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. Call 332-4332.
D.C. Department of Recreation, 22nd annual dinner for senior citizens, at 1 p.m. at Georgetown University Darnell Hall. Call Julia Ford, 673-6973. Transportation to the dinner provided and volunteers will be available to help the handicapped.
Harvestors Inc., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delivers Thanksgiving dinners to homebound and elderly referred by agencies. Contact Edna Tollson, 350-1567.
House of Imagene, 214 P St. NW, noon to 2 p.m. Provides meals for women.
House of Ruth, 651 10th St. NE, dinner served at 2 p.m. Provides meals for walk-in homeless and shut-in women. 547-2600.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 1219 New Jersey Ave. NW, noon to 2 p.m. Contact the Rev. Rodney Young, Council of Churches, 332-2080.
Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1146 Sixth St. NE, noon to 2 p.m; 544-6677.
Progressive Baptist Church, 1204 F St. NE, noon to 2 p.m; 543-4026.
Purity Baptist Church and Peace Baptist Church, 1325 Maryland Ave. NE, at noon. 397-4333.
So Others May Eat (SOME), 71 O St. NW, at noon. SOME is open daily for breakfast and dinner, noon to 1:30 p.m. Food donations appreciated. Call 797-8806.
St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 2001 14th St. SE, noon to 2 p.m. Call 678-4300.
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 16th and Newton streets NW, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch program for senior citizens at noon every Saturday, Sunday and all federal holidays. The church serves coffee to senior citizens in the morning and distributes groceries upon referral; a U.S. Department of Agriculture distribution site; provides job counseling and free employment program. Call Maria Hanahan, 232-0900.
Tenth Street Baptist Church, 1000 10th Street NW, noon to 2 p.m; 745-9179.
Zacchaeus Kitchen, 14th and Church streets NW, Second floor. 9:30 to 11:30. AFTER THANKSGIVING
Saturday, Lane Memorial C.M.E. Church, 1423 C St. NE., will serve a holiday meal from noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Gospel Mission, 810 Fifth St. NW, will serve at 6:30 p.m. The mission also provides shelter daily to homeless men. Contact the Rev. Lincoln Brooks, 842-1731.
The following agencies and churches will not serve Thanksgiving dinner but provide food, clothing and shelter to the needy throughout the year.
Bread for the City, 1305 14th St. NW, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offers emergency food and clothing; also counseling to families, the disabled and the elderly. Call 332-0440 or walk in.
Bread for the City, (New Location) 12th and T streets NW, Community Action Center, 332-3721, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and clothing distributed Monday through Friday. Counseling offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Central Union Mission, 1350 R St. NW. Offers clothing and shelter for homeless men, 745-7118.
Children's Boutique, 2728 Sherman Ave. NW, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Provides clothing to schoolchildren upon referral from social service agencies and schools. Call director Annette Reid, 232-0700.
Council of Churches of Greater Washington, Blair School, 611 I St. NE, and Pierce School, 14th and G streets NE. Offers food, shelter and job counseling for homeless men, 332-2080.
Deborah's House, 1327 N St. NW, offers limited amount of shelter for women referred by social workers or other shelters. Clothing is available for men, women and children, 667-5704.
First Congregational Church, 10th and G streets NW, provides a hot meal to homeless women at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 628-4317.
Hannah's House, 612 M St. NW, provides shelter for homeless women only; no children. Call first; 289-4840.
Hospitality House, 337 H St. NE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Provides clothing, emergency food and assistance in locating housing, 544-3006.
House of Ruth Shelter, 651 10th St. NE. Shelter for homeless and destitute women, 547-2600.
Mobile Feeding Program. Four vans (Salvation Army, McKenna's Wagon, the Church of God and So Others May Eat) serve meals throughout the city at regularly scheduled times. Contact Major Robert Griffin, 783-4050.
Mother Dear's Community Center, 1707 14th St. NW, daily meals at 12:30 to 1 p.m. Call the Rev. Annie Woodridge, 387-5129.
Mount Carmel House, 471 G St. NW. Shelter for homeless women only; no children. Dinner served Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. to homeless women and children. Call 289-6315.
My Sister's Place. Location confidential. Shelter for battered women and children; 529-5991.
Salvation Army, 503 E St. NW, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Provides food, clothing and furniture to needy; counseling and referrals; also emergency shelter, and funds for utility bills and rent. Call 783-4050. Women and children emergency residence, 24-hour service daily, 783-4058.
Salvation Army, 526 First St. NW. Adult Rehabilitation Center for men with alcohol problems. Call for appointment at 347-8023.