ABOUT WASHINGTON DC


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
City Director
Jessica grew up in the Boston suburbs and has worked for CSM as the Associate Director in Boston since 2012. She's dreamed of living in DC since she was five and is so excited to love and serve the community here! She is so excited to learn all about DC! in her spare time you can probably find her out for a bike ride, watching a hockey game, reading in a park or exploring a museum.She is extremely excited to be working with CSM in DC to shine great light and hope into this beautiful city.
Associate City Director
Rachel grew up in the suburban Austin community of Kyle, Texas. She attended college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and graduated in May, 2015, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Rachel developed a heart for missions and loving others as Christ loves very early in life. Her first CSM experience was the summer leading into her freshman year at Texas Tech. Upon graduating from Texas Tech, Rachel worked as a Mental Health Associate at a youth treatment center before joining the CSM team as the associate city director for Washington, D.C. Rachel is excited to see what God has planned for her through CSM and is looking forward to serving Christ in Washington, D.C.