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.

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.

  • “CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”

    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
  • I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
    I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.

    Group Leader
  • My hopes and prayers for my College group were met.  I believe,  by God’s grace,  each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.

    Group Leader
  • I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.

    Group Leader
  • “Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.

    Adam McLane, Partner at The Youth Cartel
  • I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.

    Shane Claiborne
  • If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.

    Tony Campolo
Associate Director
Bailey was born and raised in the Austin area of Texas. She attended Texas State University in San Marcos and majored in Communication. Bailey developed a heart for missions at an early age, specifically urban ministry. Her first experience with urban missions was trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Jackson, Tennessee. After finding out about CSM, Bailey hosted for CSM Washington, DC in 2016, and her love for urban missions and the city of Washington D.C grew. She joined the team as the apprentice for Washington, D.C. and later was hired on as the Associate Director. Bailey is excited to serve the Lord in our nations Capital and see his love spread throughout the city she calls home.
City Director
Jessica is from the Boston suburbs and started her CSM journey in 2012 as the Associate Director of the Boston office. In 2015 she moved to DC to be the Associate there, and a year later move into the City Director role. She loves getting to work with our ministry partners and working with our hosts. She and her husband, Jeremiah (who she met at church in the old CSM DC housing site!), are growing roots in Northeast DC with their two rescue dogs, Amelia Pawnd and Albus Dumbledog. They also write and record worship music together! In her spare time, Jess loves building websites, reading, singing and playing board games.