ll our partner shelters and transitional living programs are in Washington, D.C. and are accessible by Metro train or bus.

Note: our Playtime sites 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, which has an important mission of service and social justice. In alignment with their mission, the church is home to several non-profit organizations.

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.

Our mailing address is HCPP, 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20010.

Learn more about volunteering with Playtime.

Playtime and Teen programs by day:

    • Mondays: Turning Point, Preteen Program at DC General, Quality Inn
    • Tuesdays: Baby Room, Playtime and Teen Program at DC General
    • Wednesdays: DASH, Baby Room and Preteen Program at DC General, Baby Program at Quality Inn
    • Thursdays: Baby Room, Playtime and Teen Program at DC General, Turning Point, DASH

Playtime programs by location:



DC General Emergency Family Shelter, 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE; Stadium Armory Metro 

  • Baby Room Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. For infants and toddlers, from 6 months to  3 years old.
  • Playtime Program: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. For ages 3-7.
  • Preteen Program: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For ages 8-12. 
  • Teen Program: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays  and Thursdays

DC General is a former hospital that now serves as the District’s largest family shelter.

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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.

Affiliate Sites:

We provide limited support to ensure children there receive Playtime without our staff onsite.

New Beginning Temporary Shelter, 1448 Park Road, NW; Columbia Heights Metro.

Community of Hope  Hope Apartments, 3715 Second Street, SE20-minute walk from Congress Heights Metro or a 10-minute bus ride.



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 Program, 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. For ages 3-12.
  • Baby Program6:45 – 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. For ages 6 months-3.

The District uses motels across the city as overflow shelter space; more than 1,300 children live in shelter overflow motels in D.C.

Learn more about the sites we serve

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.