Christ House

Healing and Hope for Homeless Persons

Washington, DC   |  http://www.christhouse.org

Mission

On December 24, 1985, Christ House opened its doors to provide comprehensive health care for sick, homeless persons, while assisting them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness. Hospitals treat homeless patients for emergencies, but a lack of continuity of care that forces them to discharge these patients to the street where they cannot rest and recuperate. Christ House is a place where these homeless patients with acute medical needs can receive plenty of rest, nutritious meals, medical care and social services.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Mary Jordan

Main address

1717 Columbia Rd NW

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

52-1362103

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homeless patients confront numerous health burdens and obstacles. Decreased access results from lack of income, lack of health insurance, and inability to navigate the health care system. Hospitals treat homeless patients for emergencies and major surgery, but following treatment they are often discharged to the street where they cannot fully recuperate. Follow up care occurs marginally, if at all. Nationwide, hospital length of stay for homeless patients is longer than the general population, and one contributing factor is the lack of appropriate discharge options. Christ House solves this problem by offering 24-hour nursing care and support services in a residential setting to homeless patients. Our local hospital partners depend on Christ House as a place to discharge their sick, homeless patients, knowing that they will receive high-quality care that will prevent unnecessary suffering and the need for costly readmissions.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Medical Services

Three physicians, three nurse practitioners, and a team of registered nurses and nursing assistants provide 24-hour medical care. Our scope of services includes support in basic activities of daily living, medication management, wound care, pre- and post-operative care, teaching of self care, facilitating referrals to specialists, performing tests such as EKG, blood and urine tests, and providing needed immunizations. The plan of care includes connecting patients to ongoing primary and specialty (e.g. cardiology or oncology) care to ensure continued care and thorough follow-up for medical needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Men and boys

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our overarching goal is that patients will leave Christ House stabilized, with the tools and education necessary to manage their health problems. The further goal is that these physical and emotional improvements will allow them to live independently.

Hallmarks of Christ House’s care are patient education, advocacy, and care coordination. Many of our patients come to us with low health literacy, and staff members are able to invest the necessary time to build trust with patients and explain their illnesses. We carry this process outside of Christ House through our patient transportation and escort program. All outside patient care is coordinated by staff members and we provide secure transportation to and from appointments. Additionally, patients are accompanied by an escort (a volunteer, or, if necessary, a member of the nursing staff) who helps the patient navigate the health care system and relays important medical information back to providers at Christ House.

All of these processes taken together offer homeless patients the best solution to problem of poor and sporadic health care access. This care model runs counter to the fragmented care that homeless typically receive and offers them a real chance to regain health.

Christ House's approach has been developed and refined through our experience during this time. We are skilled in not only addressing our patients’ medical problems, but also in helping them navigate the barriers that they face. The three strategies that are most important to this work are maintaining linkages and partnerships with other agencies, providing intensive education and advocacy for our patients, and ensuring that all patients receive a mental health evaluation. These strategies address our patients’ high level of need after many years of neglect. The extended time we spend with our patients is the most crucial part of our work—because we are a residential facility, we are able to take the one-on-one time that is necessary to build trust, respond to our patients’ needs, and clear any bureaucratic hurdles.

Christ House has achieved remarkable results for the vulnerable homeless patients that we serve. At bare minimum, for each homeless patient that walks through our doors, we are able to offer them a home an environment of hospitality, caring, dignity, and respect. For many, this is the first time that have experienced this after years of social isolation of living on the streets. This environment opens patients up to possibility of positive life change and leaving the streets for good. Christ House has also generated valuable health care savings and health gains for Washington, DC. As the sole provider of a unique service, Christ House works daily to provide quality health care to one of the most vulnerable populations in the city—men experiencing homelessness who are medically fragile. Many patients come to us after years of neglecting their health and experiencing costly complications of chronic disease that would otherwise be manageable if they were no

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Christ House

Board of directors
as of 4/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Donald Martin

Chairperson; Family Practitioner, Unity Health Care at Christ House

Term: 2011 - 2011

Donald Martin, M.D.

Chairperson, Unity Health Care at Christ House

William Jordan, RN, CFNP

Secretary, Unity Health Care at Columbia Road Health Services

Henry Jones

Member, Kairos Program; Shower Program Coordinator, Unity Health Care at Christ House

Mary Jordan, RN, CFNP

Treasurer; Clinical Director, Unity Health Care at Christ House

Marcella Jordan, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Chaplain, Christ House

Allen Goetcheus, M Div, MS

Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life Programs, Christ House

Janelle Goetcheus, M.D.

Medical Director, Christ House; CMO Emeritus, Unity Health Care

John Craig

Clinical Support Manager, Unity Health Care at Christ House

Lawrence Bush

Member, Kairos Program

Henry Kabaghe

Kairos Housing Coordinator, Christ House

Fernando Robinson

Member, Kairos Program

Mari Lowe, RN, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Unity Health Care at Christ House

Jeremy Lowe

Associate Director of Admissions, American University

Danielle Kabaghe, RN

Nurse, Unity Health Care at Christ House

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/5/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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