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Church Office

Hours:
8:30 to 4:30 Monday - Friday

323 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia  22314-3716
Phone: 703-549-6670
Fax: 703-549-9425
Email: opmh@opmh.org

Local Mission

Active local mission work has been a hallmark of the Meeting House for many decades. Several of the city's best known mission programs were founded at the Meeting House, and members continue to donate hundreds of hours of time and talent to local causes each year.

Family-to-Family Ministry

Children and Education

Health Care Missions

Missions Addressing Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Missions Addressing Poverty and Hunger

Ministries of Support and Reconciliation


“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of these
who are members
 of my family, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40

Volunteer Opportunities - click here

Family-to-Family Ministry

At the heart of our local mission work is the Family-to-Family Ministry, which provides emergency financial assistance to those in our community. Through the Family-to-Family ministry, the Meeting House works collaboratively with area social workers to help meet emergency financial and health care needs among the working poor. Working through the social workers, Family to Family is able to provide assistance of up to $100 every three months. Recent examples: help with an electric bill so the client could have dentures repaired; paid for college transcripts for an ex-offender so she could qualify for a job; helped with money to buy uniforms so the client could begin working.

We also partner with numerous other organizations and faith communities in the local area, addressing issues of hunger, healthcare, housing, and education. Many of these organizations welcome volunteer support. Please contact us if you’d like to be involved!

Children and Education

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium is the primary OPMH mission related to children's issues. ATC's goal is ensuring that every public school child reads at or above grade level by second grade. ATC pairs students with volunteer tutors who, working singly or in pairs, tutor for 30 minutes twice a week. The Meeting House also provides office space for ATC.

The Meeting House supports the following additional ministries related to children or education:

  • Alive! Child Development Center provides accredited, year-round, fulltime child care for low-income families, as well as a family support worker with a master of social work degree. Daycare fees are on a sliding scale.
  • Building Better Futures is a tutoring and mentoring program for Latino students at T.C. Williams High School.
  • Fund for Alexandria's Child, administered by the city's Department of Human Services, enables the normal experiences of childhood for Alexandria's foster children and others in danger of abuse or neglect. The fund, which relies solely on contributions, provides for camp tuition, music lessons, graduation gowns, scout uniforms and other items.
  • United College Ministries in Northern Virginia an ecumentical ministry that seeks to serve students and faculty across the Northern Virginia area, and particularly on the campuses of George Mason University and Northern Virginia. UCMNV seeks to provide support, fellowship, engagement in Christian community, and support in learning to live lives of service.

Health Care Missions

Arlandria Health Clinic is the primary OPMH mission related to health care. Its bilingual and multicultural pediatric, nursing, and support staff provide primary and preventative health care services and routine illness care to low-income individuals, on a sliding fee scale. The center also provides family support, parenting education, and counseling services.
Queen Street Clinic provides health services to Alexandria's medically uninsured. The Meeting House receives the clinic's recommendations for patient emergency assistance through its Family-to-Family fund, thus providing substantial healthcare funding.

Missions Addressing Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Carpenter's Shelter is the primary OPMH mission related to homelessness. More than a "roof," the nonprofit shelter promotes life-long self reliance and offers in addition to temporary and transitional housing, food, comprehensive case management, and aftercare. In addition to financial support, the Meeting House provides volunteers to staff the front desk, and regularly prepares meals for shelter residents.

Rebuilding Together—Alexandria provides free home repairs to low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. Formerly known as Christmas in April, Rebuilding Together not only sponsors a National Rebuilding Day in late April, but also seeks to meet the needs of homeowners year-round. Volunteers complete such projects such as fixing leaking pipes, building grab bars and railings, painting walls, installing chair lifts, and much more.

Missions Addressing Poverty and Hunger

ALIVE! is the primary OPMH mission related to poverty and hunger. ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically is formed by volunteers from over 40 religious congregations, acting on the principle of "love in action."
ALIVE! helps the city's needy, children, disabled, and others by providing emergency shelter, financial assistance, and food deliveries; distributing donated housewares and furniture; and operating an accredited early childhood education center. The Meeting House provides direct financial support to the program, holds food-collection drives, helps deliver furniture, and participates in other volunteer efforts, as well.

The Meeting House supports the following additional missions related to poverty and hunger:

  • Bag Lunch Program provides free lunches for the needy five days a week at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church. It is a cooperative effort of several local faith communities. Meeting House volunteers are needed to make sandwiches or cookies, as well as to pack and serve lunches at Meade.
  • Meals on Wheels volunteers, in teams of two, deliver meals to nearly 100 elderly and/or shut in clients. The program is supervised by Senior Services of Alexandria. Meeting House members deliver meals one day a month.
  • Christ House Dinners are prepared and served by Meeting House members every other month at this Alexandria homeless shelter, which is run by Catholic Charities.
  • Carpenter's Shelter Dinners are prepared and served periodically by Meeting House members. Carpenter's Shelter is the primary OPMH mission partner that addresses homelessness.

Ministries of Support and Reconciliation

Guest House—Alexandria The organization was founded as a temporary haven for women who finish serving their time at the Arlington County and Alexandria City jails, but need assistance adjusting to life on the outside. Residents undergo individual and group counseling for substance or sexual abuse issues, and get help landing jobs and finding permanent housing.

Good News Mission Founded on the principle “Breaking the cycle of crime – one life at a time” Good News Mission provides Christian ministry for inmates of the Alexandria Detention Center. Housed at the Detention Center, Good News operates the Life Learning Program, a series of classes in which inmates study the word of God and learn to use Christian teachings to change and control their lives.

 

The Meeting House's prison ministry in the Washington Post

Virtual visits connect inmates and families

By Teresa Tomassoni

At some point, Jewell Lewis-Terry accepted that her baby brother, Jerry Wilson, wasn’t coming home anytime soon.



Old Presbyterian Meeting House 323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-6670