Ministry Center Reopens in New Space With New Director

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Georgetown Ministry Center guest Michael cuts the ribbon, held by Executive Director Lissa Ramsepaul, at the center's new space as another guest, Ricardo, looks on. Photo by Carolyn Landes. Courtesy GMC.

After undergoing major renovations, the Georgetown Ministry Center, which offers services to homeless individuals, reopened March 19 at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The launch of the new space comes just six weeks after Lissa Ramsepaul was welcomed as the center’s new executive director.

Ramsepaul succeeded Gunther Stern, who headed the Ministry Center for 27 years. As executive director, she oversees all aspects of the center’s operations, finances and personnel. A crisis counselor and nonprofit agency manager in the District for more than 20 years, she received her master’s degree in social work from Catholic University, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

“Her passion is to provide ongoing care and support to those presently in need while simultaneously working to create longer term solutions to reduce homelessness and its underlying causes in our community and throughout society,” according to the Ministry Center, which prides itself for its work with service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals.

The center’s renovation was funded by the Share Fund, Arcana Foundation, Georgetown University’s Office of Campus Ministry and individual donors.

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