We partner with shelters and transitional living programs in Washington, D.C. (We are not a shelter.)
Note: our Playtime partner sites protect the privacy and confidentiality of their residents. If you are interested in volunteering, dropping off donations, or visiting one of our partner sites, you must obtain permission prior to showing up unannounced. Thanks for your cooperation.
Our administrative office is in St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, which has an important mission of service and social justice. In alignment with their mission, the church is home to several nonprofit organizations.
Our mailing address is:
Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
1525 Newton Street
Washington, D.C. 20010
Volunteer training takes place in our office and not at the shelters or transitional housing programs where our volunteers serve. St. Stephen is located in Columbia Heights on the corner of 16th and Newton Street; is accessible by car and is within walking distance of the Columbia Heights Metro Station (green/yellow line). Limited street parking is available. Learn more about volunteering with Playtime.
Playtime programs are Monday-Thursday:
- Mondays: Days Inn, Quality Inn
- Tuesdays: Turning Point, Quality Inn (preteen)
- Wednesdays: DASH, Quality Inn
- Thursdays: Turning Point, DASH, Days Inn, Quality Inn (preteen)
OUR PARTNER SHELTER SITES
Turning Point Center for Women & Children, 1434 Harvard Street, NW; Columbia Heights Metro
- Mondays 6:45-8:30 p.m. and Thursdays 6:15-8:30 p.m.
Run by the Salvation Army, this transitional housing program provides young mothers with a range of services. Volunteers provide play programs for about 20 children between the ages of 6 months to 6 years while their mothers attend Life Skills classes twice each week.
DASH Cornerstone Transitional Living Program, location kept confidential to protect the safety of residents; Union Station/NoMa/Rhode Island Avenue area
- Baby Room Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For infants and toddlers, from 6 months to 3 years old.
- Playtime Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For ages 3-12.
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.
Quality Inn Overflow Shelter, 1600 New York Ave., NE; 30-minute walk from Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metro/40-minute walk from NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave. Metro. On-site parking is available, and carpool is available from both metro stations.
- Playtime Program: 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For ages 6 months-7.
- Preteen Program: 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For ages 8-12.
Days Inn Overflow Shelter, 2700 New York Ave., NE. On-site parking is available, and carpool is available from Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood and NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave. metro stations.
- Playtime Program: 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. For ages 2-7.
The District uses motels across the city as overflow shelter space; more than 1,000 children live in shelter overflow motels in D.C.
Statistic – The National Center on Family Homelessness
2.5 million American children, or one in thirty children, experience homelessness in a year. As of 2016, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, families have come to represent 35 percent of the homeless population nationally.