A ll of the shelters and transitional living programs with which we partner are accessible by Metro train or bus. Read on for the dates/times we host Playtime at for each site by Metro line or see below to search by day of the week.
Please note that our Playtime sites are located in programs where it is necessary to protect the privacy and confidentiality of their residents. If you are interested in volunteering, dropping off donations, or visiting one of our sites, you must obtain permission prior to showing up unannounced. Thanks for your cooperation!
Our administrative office is located in St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Columbia Heights which has an important mission of service and social justice. In alignment with their mission, the church is home to several non-profit organizations.
Please note that volunteer training takes place in our office and not at the shelters or transitional housing programs in which volunteers serve. St. Stephen’s is located on the corner of 16th and Newton Street and is accessible by car or Metro. Limited street parking and spaces in our lot are available. The office is within walking distance from the Columbia Heights Metro Station (green/yellow line).
Our mailing address is HCPP, 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC 20010.
Playtime and Teen programs by day:
- Mondays: Turning Point, Playground Program at DC General
- Tuesdays: Playtime, Preteen, Teen, and Playground Program at DC General, Hope Apartments
- Wednesdays: New Beginning, DASH, Teen and Playground Program at DC General
- Thursdays: Playtime, Preteen, Teen, and Playground Program at DC General, Turning Point, DASH
- Fridays and Weekends: Playground Program at DC General
Playtime programs by location:
DC General Emergency Family Hypothermia Shelter (Stadium Armory Metro; 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE)
Playtime Program: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Volunteers run Playtime in a beautiful toddler room for 1-3 year olds as well as a big kids’ room where children ages 3-11 can choose activities from a variety of colorful and exciting stations.
Preteen Program: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Playtime’s Preteen Program at DC General was founded in Fall 2013 to support the developmental needs of preteens. The program focuses on supporting children in grades 3-8 in active living, wellness and empowerment.
Teen Program: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm (Tutoring Program) and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm (Teen Night)
Teenagers in homeless families need a different kind of Playtime to provide support for their unique set of developmental needs. The Teen Program at DC General provides weekly homework help and tutoring, as well as opportunities to socialize, do art, play games, participate in health and wellness presentations, and go on monthly field trips.
Playground Program: 7 days a week 1:00-7:00 pm
The Playground Program provides supervised, daily access to free- and guided- play activities on the outdoor playground. During warm weather months, this program has the greatest need for volunteers!
This is an emergency family shelter run by the National Center for Children and Families which serves 45 families. Activities are held across the street at the Kelsey Temple Church – 1435 Park Road, NW.
Turning Point Center for Women & Children (Columbia Heights Metro; 1434 Harvard Street, NW)
Mondays 6:45-8:30 pm and Thursdays 6:15-8:30 pm
This transitional housing program run by the Salvation Army, and provides young mothers with a range of comprehensive services. Volunteers provide play programs for about 20 children between the ages of 6 months-6 years while their mothers attend Life Skills classes twice each week.
Hope Apartments (10-minute walk from Congress Heights Metro; 3715 Second Street, SE)
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
This transitional housing program provides apartment-style units to 10 families where the head of household is recovering from substance abuse. This program is run by Community of Hope. It is the only transitional housing program in DC which keeps families intact while a parent works on recovery.
DASH Cornerstone Transitional Living Program (Union Station/NoMa/Rhode Island Avenue area—location kept confidential to protect the safety of residents)
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm and Thursdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) established a low-barrier, apartment-style residence to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence. The Cornerstone Building provides women and families with transitional and intensive-needs emergency housing. The Playtime Project helped create a playroom with the support of the Horizons Foundation and now serves children every Thursday in the playroom, activity room, and outside play area.
Field Trip Program (Locations vary)
In addition to our permanent program locations, we also facilitate field trips for teens and elementary-school-aged children to provide opportunities to get out of the shelter and explore the city.
Volunteers have led boat trips on the Potomac with Sierra Club Inner City Outings, visits to the zoo, trips to museum exhibits, and excursions to amusement parks. The Playtime Project has also brought teens from DC General, the largest family shelter in DC, on many “firsts…” to the Washington Monument, ice skating on the mall, a tour of the West Wing of the White House, a dance class, a picnic in the National Arboretum, tours of local colleges and universities, baseball games and more.
Volunteers who lead field trips are long-term, trained members of our team.
Statistic – The National Center on Family Homelessness
1.6 million American children, or one in 45 children, are experiencing homelessness in a year. As of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, families have come to represent 38 percent of the homeless population nationally.