From the Rector's Desk
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin
Rector, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
July 1, 2020

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in ...”

Join us as we embark on this exciting new Outreach ministry! Ledlie

Dear F ollowers of Christ,
We have been called to serve one another those that we know, and those that have yet to meet. In this spirit, working along side our partners at Housing Up, we have committed to ending family homelessness in the District of Columbia. You will remember several Sunday Forums from last year introducing you to Housing Up, and the crisis of family homelessness that many of our neighbors face. We are glad to join together in this vital ministry and have eagerly awaited the work to begin.
The Time has Finally Come!
We are thrilled to announce our first initiative with Housing Up

$30K in 30 Days,
Helping 30 Families!
With the onset of COVID-19, our neighbors at Housing Up are in desperate need of our help. Many families work in essential positions, such as Metro attendants, sanitation workers, and grocers. Other families have been laid off or furloughed as the crisis of the pandemic hit other industries in our region. They work in positions that risk exposure to themselves and their families, or do not have income to support their basic needs. Most do not have personal transportation, and must take public transit to the grocery store, make multiple trips, and put themselves and their children at more risk of exposure. Childcare is not available, which means that the entire family is in danger, especially for single family homes. As we move into different phases of reopening, and rent and utility protections expire for our vulnerable neighbors, they will have only four months to become current in their rent before eviction begins.

St. Columba’s is Stepping in!
To kick off our partnership with Housing Up, we have pledged to create the St. Columba’s Security Fund, raising $30K in 30 days to help 30 families with basic needs of food, safety and shelter. Families will be able to make Instacart orders for the food that they need, and have it delivered to them from the safety of their home. Should a family be in danger of their utilities being disconnected, they will remain safe from the oppressive heat with utility assistance. W ith rental assistance from the St. Columba’s Security Fund, t hey will not lose their homes due to circumstances out of their control.

To help, your online donation may be made at: ; please select the Homeless Initiative fund. Checks may be sent to the parish office with “Homeless Initiative” in the memo line.

Watch our progress at as we reach $30K
Get the whole family involved from your family, to theirs!

I invite you to watch this video that outlines our goals. I am honored and humbled to heed this call to action with you, and pray that you will join me in growing and showing God’s love to our neighbors in need.

Yours in Christ,
Cami Caudill
Missioner for Community Engagement