Show mercy to our neighbors

Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful. – Titus 3:14

ARC Initiatives

PSA (Pray, Study, Act) teams

PSA teams are Anacostia River Church’s effort to impact the community through the strategies of prayer, studying, and acting as the Lord gives grace.

Charged with maximizing home-ownership and addressing home security.

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; – Jeremiah 29:4–5a

Charged with promoting and encouraging healthy marriages, parenting and families.

Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. – Jeremiah 29:6

Charged with fostering self-sufficient, God-dependent options to reduce hunger and improve food security.

plant gardens and eat their produce. – Jeremiah 29:5b

Charged with seeking the welfare of the community across health, mental health, education, and other social areas.

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. – Jeremiah 29:7

Charged with crafting specific strategies and resources for evangelizing our community and offering apologetics in our context.

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,
for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 29: 8–9

Job Fair

About once or twice per year, we host a community job fair designed to help our neighbors find meaningful employment. We partner with other churches and community groups to pull off the fair and we try to make the fair friendly for returning citizens looking to get on their feet.

Job fair.


Christian Legal Aid

CLADC exists to provide free or reduced-cost legal services to low-income individuals, families and non-profit organizations from a faith-based perspective. Utilizing a network of volunteer attorneys, law students and other professionals, CLADC provides legal services primarily through its legal aid clinics at locations around Washington, D.C. Learn More

Christian legal aid.

Cornerstone Schools

Through a partnership of family, school, and community, Cornerstone provides a Christ-centered, nurturing, and academically robust education, forming the children of Washington, D.C. in the habits of faith, love, and learning essential to becoming wise, compassionate, and virtuous leaders who serve others in light of Christ and His Truth. Learn More

Greeting Cornerstone students.


DC127 is an initiative of Washington, DC churches focused on working together to ensure the success of every child in foster care and those at risk of entering the child welfare system. As an initiative, we believe we have a responsibility and call to mobilize our communities and congregations to care for some of the most vulnerable children in our city. Learn More

DC 127.

Friends of Ketcham Elementary School

Friends of Ketcham Elementary School (FoKES) is a group of committed volunteers dedicated to creating a community around a traditional school in Anacostia. The Anacostia neighborhood is filled with tradition, history and loving families. Many of the children that attend Ketcham are steeped in their community, and many of the children are also on the free and reduced lunch program (Title 1 school). Research shows that schools filled with children living in poverty have far less resources and opportunities to thrive and be competitive. Poverty should not stricken a child’s pathway to upward mobility. FoKES is taking the adage, “it takes a village” not only as words to the wise, but an action and an intentional way of supporting a traditional school in Anacostia. FoKES goals are to maintain the beauty of the school community, while also adding enriching programs, teacher grants, field trips, professional development, and parent engagement activities. This, FoKES believes, will build and enhance self awareness and confidence among the beautiful and brilliant children of Ketcham. All students and teachers can flourish with support, love and the resources to do so. This endeavor to partner is mainly done by fundraising, and ‘friends’ collaboratively working together to add to the wonderful school community named Ketcham. Learn More

Friends of Ketcham.

The House DC

The House DC’s mission is to transform and empower the lives of inner city youth and families, through Christ, by giving them hope, a productive future, and a changed community. After-school programs at The House DC provide additional resources that students do not receive at school or, all too often, at home. We serve a family-style, home-cooked meal every evening, beginning with prayer, as staff members and students eat together and enjoy a time of sharing and conversation. We offer challenging programs, field trips, and retreats, interacting with students in a family atmosphere while expanding their horizons. We are able to mentor students individually and we walk side-by-side with them, helping them to effectively navigate through whatever challenges they face. As we do, students learn to face and overcome challenges and begin to set goals—a critical step for those whose goals were often limited to just getting through the day. Learn More

House DC.