Social Justice Ministry

The Social Justice Ministry at Holy Trinity seeks to promote justice in our local and global communities by operating through five core practices: Drives and Donations, Direct Service to the poor, Education, Prayer and Reflection, and Advocacy.

Mission, Vision, and History
 

What's New

WINTER SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS

In conjunction with other congregations in Georgetown, HT hosts a number of homeless men and women during the period December 21st to January 3rd.  If you are able to cook or serve a meal or stay overnight during the period, please contact Mike Conway at Mikeconway72@gmail.com.

CHRISTMAS GIVING THANK YOU!

Each year the parish engages in a fairly extensive set of Christmas Giving programs. The religious education classes support newly arrived immigrant families through the Spanish Catholic Center in Wheaton. The school and parish support an additional 11 organizations that support and assist homeless men, women, children, and families through the Giving Tree. And, the 9:00 am Sunday liturgy conducts its Toy Sunday drive for Sursum Corda. This year, as in past years, the parish was incredibly generous.

First and most importantly, the children at HTS made about 1300 candle ornaments during art class. They were beautiful and clearly made with love. Also, we were able to provide all of the gifts requested on through the Giving Tree (about 2,000 gifts) and for the 33 families involved in families-to-families. A truck of toys also made its way across town to Sursum Corda.

The organizations we assisted through the Giving Tree are as follows:

  • A Wider Circle. A Wider Circle furnishes the homes of more than 4,000 families a year, transforming homes and lives. Wider Circle also provides comprehensive job preparedness support, including resume assistance, unlimited professional attire and accessories, and a long-term job coach.
  • Christ House. Christ House is the only 24-hour residential medical center for homeless men and women in Washington, DC. It provides comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to sick, homeless men and women.
  • Fr. Horace McKenna Center. Located at Gonzaga College High School, the McKenna Center is a day center for homeless men. It also offers a noon meal, classes, and a food pantry.
  • Georgetown Ministry Center. Created by the Georgetown area churches, GMC is a day center for homeless men and women located near K Street in Georgetown. It provides showers, laundry machines, computers, social services, hot coffee, and a place to heat up food 7 days a week.
  • Hope and a Home. Hope and a Home is a 3-year transitional housing program that helps homeless families achieve stability, reach for higher education, and break the cycle of poverty.
  • Mary House. Mary House is a community based organization that provides transitional housing services, shelter and support programs to homeless and struggling families, many recent immigrants and some unaccompanied minor children.
  • St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families. St. Ann’s Center is run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul. It’s program provides residential care and services to abused and neglected children and to single pregnant and parenting adolescents in crisis, as well as quality day care to the children of working families.
  • Seabury Services. Seabury provides personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the greater Washington, DC area live and age in place with independence and dignity.
  • Spanish Catholic Center of Germantown. Spanish Catholic Center is part of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese and provides health, dental, housing, food and other social services to low-income families, primarily Spanish-speaking families, in the metro-DC area.
  • Washington School for Girls. WSG is a tuition-free, independent, all girls Catholic day school in Anacostia, which serves low-income students in grades 4 through 8.
  • Washington Jesuit Academy. WJA is a tuition-free, independent all boys Catholic school serving low-income boys in grades 5 through 8.

Social Justice Kick-Off

See the video of the Social Justice Kickoff event that took place on October 4th. Click here.
 

Service Opportunities

Direct service allows parishioners a chance to witness the lived experience of the poor, to see their own lived experienced in a new light, and to begin a process of relationship-building where all are invited to change their lives for the better.  This collective transformation and renewal is what inspires us to continue living our faith and seeking justice.

In addition to direct service opportunities inside and outside the parish, there are opportunities for parishioners to help form the strategic direction of the work of the ministry in the following areas: Volunteer Engagement, Advocacy and Education, Events and Hospitality, Tithe and Capital Campaign, and Communications.  If you are being called to give your time and talent to building up any of these areas, please contact Kate Tromble at ktromble@trinity.org.

Education, Advocacy, and Structural Justice

Education not only involves learning about social injustices happening in our world, but also discerning God's spirit and the Greater Good (magis) in prayer and reflection on what is happening in our hearts and habits.

Advocacy and Structural Justice includes engaging with elected officials about matters affecting the poor and other disenfranchised members of the community in order to effect positive structural change.

Ongoing solidarity work and education on global justice issues help support the relationship-building delegations to our sister parishes in El Salvador (Maria, Madre de los Pobres) and Haiti (St. Jean Baptiste).

Holy Trinity Tithe

Holy Trinity has made a commitment to donate a tithe (10% of the parish's ordinary income) to various social service, advocacy, educational, and Jesuit-related organizations that serve the poor.  Every spring, parishioners on a committee review proposals for tithe funds and make recommendations to the pastor. The following organizations received grants from Holy Trinity's 2014 tithe.

Organization Amount
Holy Trinity School $110,000
Washington Jesuit Academy $15,000
Washington School for Girls $15,000
St Jean Baptiste (Haiti) $28,500
Maria Madre de los Pobres (El Salvador) $35,000
St Thomas School (India) $12,000
Loyola Secondary School (South Sudan) $10,000
Good Faith Communities Coalition $45,000
DC Fiscal Policy Institute $10,000
A Wider Circle $3,000
Bright Beginnings $3,000
Catholic Charities Parish Partners $5,000
Dog Tag Bakery $3,000
Emmaus Services for the Aging $3,000
Fr. McKenna Center $3,000
Friendship Place $3,000
Georgetown Ministry Center $5,000
Holy Trinity's Georgetown Sunday Suppers $5,000
Hope and a Home $4,000
Ignatian Spirituality Project $5,000
Jubilee Jobs $4,000
Keys for the Homeless $4,500
Living Wages $7,000
Mary House $4,000
New Endeavors for Women $3,000
Open Arms Housing $4,000
Catholic Charities - Welcome Home/Prison Outreach $5,000
Rachel's Women's Center $4,000
Sacred Heart Dinner Program $3,000
So Others Might Eat (SOME) $3,000
Spanish Catholic Center Dental Clinic $5,000
St. Ann's Center for Children and Families $5,000
The Northwest (Pregnancy) Center $4,000
Transition Assistance Program $4,000
Washington English Center $3,000
Catholic Relief Services - Ebola Response $5,000

 

Parish Groups Working with the Social Justice Ministry

 

Good Faith Communities Coalition

Hands on Housing

Maria Madre de los Pobres, Sister Parish in El Salvador

St. Jean Baptiste, Sister Parish in Haiti

 


 

The poor cannot lift themselves up with their bootstraps because they have no boots.

~ Father McKenna