Dr. Goetcheus is a co-founder of Christ House as well as Columbia Road Health Services and Unity Health Care. Dr. Goetcheus is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards that recognize her dedication to serving the health needs of the poor in Washington, DC. In 1988, she was deemed a “Woman of Mercy” by the Sisters of Mercy, was inducted into the District of Columbia Women’s Hall of Fame in 1989, and received the 1990 Good Samaritan Award at the National Catholic Development Conference. The American Academy of Family Physicians named her “Doctor of the Year” in 1991, and she was recognized as the “Public Citizen of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers in 1993. In 2002, she received the American Medical Association Pride in Profession Award. Most recently in 2017, Dr. Goetcheus received the Philip W. Brickner National Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have significantly strengthened service and/or advocacy that addresses the health status of people experiencing homelessness.
Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life Program
Rev. Goetcheus is an ordained elder in the Indiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves as pastor and director of our Spiritual Life Program, including supervising chaplains. He also provides counseling to patients and Kairos members. Previously, he served as president of Christ House from 1985-2016.
Mary oversees all administrative operations of Christ House, including finance, development, volunteers, food and hospitality, custodial/maintenance services, and the Kairos Program. She also has full responsibility for clinical operations of the Medical Unit to ensure provision of quality patient care. Mary has served on the medical staff at Christ House since November 1986, shortly after our inception. Mary is a graduate of Catholic University in Washington, DC, and is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP).
Director of Volunteers
Lydia welcomes and coordinates roughly 250 volunteers each month including local volunteers, work groups, and Kairos members. Additionally, she manages in-kind donations and engages community partners who provide services to Christ House. Lydia also oversees our Year Long Volunteer program. In addition to recruiting, selecting, and orienting Year Long volunteers, she guides them throughout their year of service and facilitates formative spiritual and social justice opportunities. To email Lydia, click here.
Miri supervises and oversees all aspects of our full-service kitchen and dining room, including meal planning, selecting and acquiring food ingredients and supplies, and maintaining a hospitable environment for our patients, Kairos members, and staff. With the goal of creating nutritious meals for our patients and Kairos members, Miri works alongside our kitchen volunteers and incorporates donations into the weekly menu. A graduate of Texas A&M University and the French Culinary Center, she has previously worked as a chef in restaurants in New York City, San Francisco, and France. To email Miri, click here.
Bill works to ensure that patients obtain insurance, government entitlements, mental health support, substance abuse recovery treatment, housing placement assistance, and other supportive services designed to bring an end to their homelessness. Bill is a graduate of Virginia Tech and previously worked as an outreach worker, wherein he offered case management support to people living on the streets of DC.
Rick helps patients obtain insurance, government entitlements, mental health support, substance abuse recovery treatment, housing placement assistance, and other supportive services designed to bring an end to their homelessness. Rick is a graduate of Nyack College, Syracuse University, and Columbia University.
Director of Operations
Chris oversees and coordinates all building operations at Christ House, including custodial, building maintenance, and renovation projects. Chris works alongside our maintenance coordinator and custodial staff to ensure that day-to-day building operations remain fully functional and accessible. To email Chris, click here.
John oversees the Addictions and Recovery Program for Christ House and the Kairos Program. Over the past 30 years, he has been a part of the recovery community assisting individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, providing recovery support, substance abuse counseling, and coping skill development. To email John, click here.
Director of Finance
Angela is responsible for the oversight of budget development, financial monitoring and reporting, internal accounting compliance, and payroll. Before working as the finance officer for a transportation and logistics company for 10 years, she specialized in non-profit finance as the Vice President of Finance at the National Fair Housing Alliance for 13 years. Angela holds an MBA from Louisiana State University. To email Angela, click here.
Kairos Program Director
Ali got her start at Christ House back in 2012 where she served as an assistance case manager. After leaving Christ House, Ali received her masters of social work from The Catholic University of America. Her work at Christ House early on in her career instilled a passion for working with those impacted by homelessness, and she looks forward to continue learning from the men in the Kairos Program. To email Ali, click here.