The need. We served 235 individuals in 2017 and provided approximately 10,950 patient-days of care. About 50 percent of our patients were diagnosed with hypertension, 32 percent with diabetes, and 16 percent with Hepatitis C. The majority had more than one diagnosis of chronic or acute illness. We also cared for patients with amputations, tuberculosis, fractures and concussions, and innumerable other illnesses.
In addition to the primary illnesses for which they were admitted, 76 percent of our patients in 2017 acknowledged a history of either drug addiction or psychiatric illness, and over 35 percent had both of these diagnoses.
The moral imperative. Many people who are enriched by religious traditions believe they are called to serve and give because they are blessed. Christ House has relationships with individuals and congregations in the Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. Likewise, a large number of secularists believe they are ethically compelled to provide for the needs of the less fortunate members of our society through their support of our mission to care for the sick and homeless. Regardless of one’s philosophical perspective, caring for those in need is the right thing to do.
The uniqueness. Christ House was the first homeless respite care program in the country and remains the only one in Washington, DC. For homeless persons in DC, we are the only source of continuous inpatient medical care outside of the hospitals.
The good feeling. Anyone who gives financial, material, or volunteer gifts to Christ House will tell you they receive far more than they give. It is fulfilling to get to know our patients and to witness the miraculous healing that takes place in their lives.