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Bringing Warmth to the Homeless of Our Nation’s Capital

For less than $20, you can provide a warm meal and so much more.

The next Day of Service will be on...

Meeting Location & Time:

909 Capitol Yards

909 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

11:00am – 2:00pm

(Meet in the lobby area)

Drop-off Location:

If you would like to drop off gently worn winter clothes and accessories within a week of our Day of Service, please reach out to info@sweatersandsustenance.com and we will find a way to connect with you.

For U.S. Mail/USPS and larger mail/packages:

John Allen

Attn: Sweaters & Sustenance

53 New Ocean Street

Swampscott, MA 01907

Our Mission

There are over 9,000 homeless men, women and children in our Nation’s Capital. During the winter months, the need for winter coats, hats, socks, or scarves is crucial. Aside from homelessness, food instability is the sad reality for many as well. A warm, lovingly prepared meal given by a compassionate, sincerely present person means so much to a person in need.


The mission of Sweaters & Sustenance: D.C. is to provide warmth to homeless men, women and youth in our Nation’s Capital by delivering warm clothing and meals through compassionate volunteerism.

Get Involved

On the next day of service, Sweaters & Sustenance will go out into different communities of Washington, D.C. to deliver warm meals and gently worn coats to homeless men, women and youth. This event is driven by community donation. Your clothing will go directly to a person in need this year and 100% of your financial donation will go to the purchase of food to be prepared for and delivered on our Day of Service. If you would like to make a direct and powerful impact on the Washington D.C. community, please consider contributing in the following ways:

Gently worn winter clothing

Coats of all sizes, hats, gloves, scarves

A financial contribution

It takes just $15 to create a meal for a homeless person during our Day of Service


Non-perishable or perishable food items or baked goods

A card or note

A lovingly written card or note to go with our meals and clothing

The Day of Service is not possible without compassionate and tireless volunteers. You can make this day possible by doing the following:

Volunteer opportunities for Preparation Day

  • Preparing food and packing food.
  • Writing cards to be delivered along with our goods.
  • Organizing clothing.

Volunteer opportunities for our Day of Service

  • Visiting communities in structured teams and delivering meals and clothing to homeless men, women, and children.
  • Supporting community teams by taking pictures with given hashtags, writing Christmas and holiday cards to accompany meals, preparing meals with care prior to delivery, supporting teams in the field when supplies are needed.

Collection Days

While you can give your financial donation any day of the year, there are also many opportunities to contribute your gently worn clothing or food items.

Gently worn clothing or non-perishable food items may be sent at any time to:

John Allen
Attn: Sweaters and Sustenance
53 New Ocean Street
Swampscott, MA 01907

Miracle Messages Partnership

Sweaters & Sustenance will be partnering with Miracle Messages in Washington, DC to help launch their first chapter and make an even greater difference in the lives of homeless men and women. With our missions very much aligned, the Sweaters & Sustenance team is excited about the impact we will make together this year.