Christ House

131 S. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-4227 (monetary assistance); 703-549-8644 (shelter)
Fax: 703-683-1748

CHOW recipients' check-in. If your food supplies are low,
send a message to Sister Aniliza Pacheco Juan at

URGENT CALL: Help us resupply our food pantry.

We need the following items:
• canned meats (chicken, corned beef, spam)
• peanut butter
• jelly
• tuna
• canned vegetables (corn, green beans - (regular and low sodium))
• individual fruit cups (low sugar)
• canned fruit (low sugar)
• cereal (low sugar)
• pasta (regular and gluten-free)
• instant potatoes
• Macaroni & cheese kits
• Coffee, cooking oil, flour, sugar
• Giant, Safeway and Wal-mart gift cards

Food may be delivered Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Email to schedule your delivery.

Serving the counties of Arlington, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Orange, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland, Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren and cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Winchester.

Hours of Operation

Telephone hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Food assistance: Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Financial assistance by appointment only: Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Clothing assistance: Thursday 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. (limited to those with vouchers from Christ House Emergency Assistance)
  • Limited financial assistance for rent (no basements/ room rents/ motel bills) and utilities (gas, electric and water)
  • Limited emergency food assistance
  • Information and referrals to medical, educational, legal, governmental, and other services

Founded in 1973, Christ House provides food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and clothing to those in need. Christ House helps individuals recognize their abilities, develop self-sufficiency, and maintain their self-respect. It offers limited assistance to individuals needing help to pay their rent, utility bills, prescription bills, and other expenses.


The program provides over 18,000 meals in a year's time. Volunteers of various churches, civic and social organizations prepare and serve the daily evening meal. An average of 50-65 people eat at Christ House each evening.

Christ House on Wheels (CHOW)Food Delivery Program
The CHOW van makes deliveries to outlying areas of the Diocese, which comprises 21 counties. To keep the food pantry replenished after deliveries are made, donate food staples (see above) or funds (mail to address above).

The interfaith collaboration between Catholic Charities, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and First Baptist Church in Alexandria will organize food drives to benefit Catholic Charities Christ House on Wheels (CHOW). CHOW will also receive a $1,000 food donation directly from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bishop’s storehouse.

Christ House offers transitional housing to the homeless. Its recently renovated facilities afford a safe, clean, and welcoming environment to single men in need of a place to stay while they improve their lives. Christ House also provides shower and laundry facilities to residents.

Christ House operates a thrift shop seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Items are inexpensive. The Thrift Shop welcomes donations of clothing and shoes but is accepting donations of antiques, collectibles, housewares, clothing and small pieces of furniture such as plant stands and accent tables. Please drop off donations from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 125 S. West Street in Alexandria.

Click here for more details about the Thrift Shop.

Emergency Financial Assistance
Catholic Charities' emergency financial assistance program provides limited financial assistance to individuals in need for payment of rent and utility bills. Call 703-548-4227 for more information.

More than sixteen hundred volunteers contribute time and talent to the important work of Christ House. Many help with preparing and serving the evening meals, and some help by painting, cleaning windows and rugs, and washing dishes. Numerous volunteers assist during Christmas, Thanksgiving and other special times.

Christ House thanks it many dedicated volunteers.

Christ House programs are supported in part by a grant from the Neighbors in Need Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

More volunteers are needed for the following services (minimum 16 years of age):

Thrift Shop -- Daily, 11:30AM - 3:00PM
A small group opportunity to clean the thrift store once a week. Please email Sister Annie at for more information on volunteering.

Food Pantry
Minimum of two or more volunteers to sort, organize and clean the pantry. Work can be scheduled Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. Please email Sister Annie at for more information on volunteering.

From 395, take the Route 7 East Exit to Old Town Alexandria (Exit 5). Route 7 becomes King Street. Stay on King Street. Turn right onto south West Street (which is after Peyton Street). Go down South West Street one block to intersection. Christ House is on the right side at the corner of South West and Prince Streets.

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