Washington, DC is a city of great contrast. It is both our nation’s capitol and a city with great poverty and crime. Its 67 square-mile area contains rich and poor, black and white, young and old, native and alien, homeless and landed-gentry, the powerful and powerless, lawmakers and lawbreakers. Impoverished public housing projects are within blocks of lush neighborhoods where nations of the world house their embassies and consulates.
Washington, DC has struggled with the issue of homelessness since the 1880’s. Between 1860 and 1880, D.C.’s population soared from 40,000 to 120,000. Completely overwhelming the city’s infrastructure, these new arrivals, mostly freed slaves from the former Confederacy, subsisted in severely overcrowded, disease-ridden, and impoverished conditions. D.C.’s first building and health codes were written in 1880 to cope with this crisis.
Because D.C. is a federal district and not a state, it has no voting representation in Congress.
In recent years, D.C. has gone through significant change due to gentrification. It is one of the most gentrified cities in the US with over 40% of The District’s neighborhoods experiencing it since 2000, making it consistently one of the most expensive cities to live in the United States in recent years. During this transition, neighborhoods that have been affected by gentrification have seen their low-income populations decrease by almost 30%. In these same areas the black population has decreased by 23% while the white population increased by 202%.
At CSM DC you get to learn about our country’s rich history and also serve those in need. One morning you might be getting up early to prepare and serve breakfast for those needing a meal. In the afternoon, you might be working along side of church leader running a VBS. Our ultimate goal is be the hands and feet of Christ.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR TRIP
At CSM DC we partner with a wide variety of ministries and organizations that are doing good work in their communities. One morning you may be sorting donations at DC's food bank, helping a senior citizen clean up their yard, or sharing a meal with someone experiencing homelessness. In the afternoon you could be helping run a VBS for a local church or preparing food to be distributed to those in need around the city. Wherever we serve we strive to honor God by loving His people wherever they are at. We go where we are welcomed, and where there is a need.
Meet the Directors
Kyle was born and raised in a small town 20 minutes Southeast of Philadelphia, West Deptford, NJ. His CSM journey began in the summer of 2012 when he was a City Host in Washington, DC. God had raised such a fire in his soul to care for the people of DC that he quickly applied for the vacant Associate Director position, and served in that role until Spring 2015. Since his time with CSM Kyle has gotten married to a girl that he's known since 6th grade, and they have a 1 year old daughter. He is a certified commercial diver (yes, the under-water kind) and welder, but has seen God positioning him and his family to come back to DC, specifically to serve with CSM. He is passionate about seeing believers young and old find the call that God has for their life.