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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Religion

Mission: The Festival Center's vision is to empower and equip people to live authentically and to embody now what God calls the world to be ultimately. We work to carry out our vision by by empowering persons and faith organizations on the inward/outward journey of Christian discipleship; collaborating with other missions of compassion and justice; awakening the world to the crises of our time; evoking people’s calls and gifts, and enlisting them as servant leaders in transforming the world.

Geographic areas served: Washington DC Metro Area (primarily)

Programs: Servant Leadership School, Noon Day Prayer, Discipleship Year, and Festival Foods

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the Festival Center since December 1999 when I came to a day-long even with Ched Myers, which opened up my world to a new world of Christian spirituality, leadership and service that I had only dreamed was possible. Going to the Festival Center that day transformed my life.

I was introduced to the umbrella of ministries that support the Festival Center and the church that helped bring it into existence. I have participated in classes at the Servant Leadership School, used the space at the Center for 12-step meetings, and worked on the second floor of the facility when it housed Samaritan Inns' 28-day treatment facility.

While I love the family-feel of the Festival Center and am grateful for the availability of its space and affordability, I think that it dreams too small for itself and could be of greater service to the city if it had a higher profile.

I also know that the Festival Center has struggled financially and think that raising its profile might make it attractive to a larger circle of people and organizations, which could increase its funding potential. It is a remarkable place and my life wouldn't be the same without it.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am President/CEO of a social service organization that uses the services of Festival Center. This organization and its staff represents the ideal of true service to the community. They are humble; they are responsive; they retain nothing - always giving back. We use the facilities on a regular basis to conduct our graduation ceremonies - they like us are a poor organization, yet they charge us nothing for the use. They are more than willing to put energy into coordinating schedules of various groups/organizations to accommodate the needs of everyone - they do this cheerfully.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am intern with the Discipleship Year program, which means I have trouble choosing categories from the drop-down menu above. Am I a client served, or am I a volunteer? I think that this dilemma encapsulates the essence of Church of the Savior. All of us are receiving while we give, and all of us are giving while we receive. This year, I've taken classes and taught classes at the Servant Leadership School. I've been brought dinner by the local support team, and have baked bread for my class of students at my volunteer site, the Academy of Hope. I love this way of being Christ's hands and heart in the world. We do try to live the prayer of St Francis in the heart of DC. I'm quite fortunate to be here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Festival Center provides needed educational resources, inspirational worship and retreat opportunities, and services to the under-served population of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights in northwest Washington, DC.

Under the leadership of the Church of the Saviour, the Festival Center is the home base for Samaritan Inn 28-day detox centers, Discipleship Year, Jubilee Jobs, Jubilee Housing and 50 other ministries.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been blessed to be in association with Festival Center for more than a decade. I've attended workshops, wedding and funerals there as well as classes at the Servant Leadership School. Festival Center provides a place of renewal, rejoicing and healing.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Festival Center is unique in offering a gathering place for the neighborhood, classes that help build my spiritual grounding, opportunities to engage in community involvement, and a place for daily prayers at noon. It is a rich resource for this metro area, bringing together people with diverse educational, financial, religious and racial backgrounds.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Festival Center's Discipleship Year program. This experience changed my life in no small way. The program offered practical experience in working for social justice in our immediate community, classes on spiritual and social practices, and spiritual growth individually and in community. Every part of the program was enriching, challenging, and helpful to my growth as a person interconnected with my community. The Festival Center's Servant Leadership School attracts a rich diversity of persons that form caring relationships and support one another. Without the Festival Center's programs, I would not have discerned my vocation in community development and organizing nor would I have been encouraged by such a passionate faith community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The classes and programs offered at the festival center have inspired and empowered me and many others to give more freely and fully of ourselves and to seek to make a difference in the lives of others. They have certainly made a difference in my life by helping me connect my faith with the needs of the world.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Festival Center offers very inexpensive classes to the community through its Servant Leadership School - these classes are focused on spirituality, the common good, empowerment, community engagement, and similar topics. I've taken a couple classes through SLS and thoroughly enjoyed them. They offer discounts to interns and volunteers.
The Festival Center also serves as a community space offered to non-profits and other community organizations for use. I took a community violence prevention workshop and yoga classes at the Festival Center through this initiative. I have always found the Festival Center to be a warm, friendly, community-oriented place.

Review from Guidestar