Ministry Partners

Miriam’s Kitchen

Founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen, Miriam’s Kitchen has evolved over the years to provide more than meals. Three organizations – Western Presbyterian Church, Unity Church and the George Washington University Hillel  – banded together to serve our neighbors. Today, Miriam’s Kitchen is a critical player in the fight to end chronic homelessness in DC. On the direct services level, we serve more than 3,000 men and women experiencing homelessness—helping them to improve their health, increase their income and obtain housing through a range of programs and partnerships. And at the systems level, we work with leaders across the city to make instances of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. For more information, please visit or call (202) 452-8926.

Miriam’s no longer accepts item donations but instead relies on donations purchased through their Amazon wish list and provided by their Rapid Response Team. These are now the only ways to donate in-kind items to Miriam’s Kitchen:

  • Help our neighbors stay warm this winter by donating a sleeping bag:
    • Use MK’s Amazon wish list and have it shipped directly to MK.
    • When you checkout, select the option to add a gift message that indicates the donation is connected to Western. You could copy and paste this: With love and peace from Western Presbyterian Church.

Project Create

Since 1994, Project Create has been promoting positive youth development, through arts education and enrichment, to children and youth in families experiencing homelessness and poverty in Washington, D.C.

By working in partnership with social service organizations (like So Others Might Eat and Community of Hope) that offer housing to homeless families, Project Create delivers important services to children in D.C.’s communities of greatest need.

In their 19-year history as a community arts education organization, Project Create has served over 1,500 homeless and poor children in Washington, D.C. Through collaboration with our like-minded partners, Project Create is working to break the cycle of chronic homelessness and poverty one child at a time.

Imago Center of Washington, DC

Lena Aburdene Derhally, MS, LPC

Welcome to Lena Aburdene Derhally, MS, LPC, a licensed psychotherapist with the Imago Center of Washington, DC.  Lena will be seeing clients in the TBY room on between 8 am and 5 pm through a user agreement with the counseling center.

While she is not an employee of Western, Lena is available for individual and couples therapy.  Her areas of expertise include relationships of all kinds, treating anxiety and panic attacks, grief and loss, and workplace issues.

For more information or to contact Lena, click here.

More Light Presbyterians – Seeking the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Open Doors –  Local chapter of More Light Presbyterians.

Calvary Women’s Shelter – Provides housing and support services to homeless women in the Washington, DC area.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence –  Seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

Emergency Response/Disaster Relief Assistance (includes contributions to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)

Heeding God’s Call – A faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.

HIPS – Assists female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, STIs, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work.

Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light – Helping hundreds of congregations of all faiths across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change.

Fresh Farms Markets – Promoting local food with a face, a place and a taste in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Potomac Conservancy – A land trust dedicated to preserving the scenic and natural Potomac River.

Rev. César Carhuachín, Reformed University of Colombia.

Janet Guyer, Regional Facilitator for Women’s and Children’s Ministries in Anglophone Africa. To see Janet’s presentation from her June 2016 visit, click here.