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Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Leadership Development, Religion

Mission: William Penn House -* Is a Quaker center for exploring and making visible the Quaker Testimonies of peace, community, simplicity, equality and truth,* Nurtures and celebrates those who "Speak Truth to Power" in pursuit of peace and social justice* Has a special ministry to youth* Connects visitors from the United States and around the world with the service and witness resources of Washington D.C.* Serves as a communication center for Friends'' meetings in the Washington area* Is a hospitality center on Capitol Hill that can provide lodging for up to 30 people, and rooted and grounded in Quaker faith and practice.

Programs: Washington Quaker WorkcampsService learning and seminar opportunities, Teachers of Peace, Eco-workcamps; topics include homelessness, HIV/AIDS, environmental issues, and racism.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

William Penn House is a unique place, with an abundance of warmth, kindness and wisdom. The accommodations are basic but comfortable and welcoming, and the staff are kindhearted and helpful. Its mission is important to the Capitol and to the country, and its focus has become clearer and stronger in recent years. This is a great organization that enriches and is enriched by all the many communities it serves.


Board Member

Rating: 4

I serve on the Penn House Board because I think it is an incredible Quaker witness in our nation's capital. Friendly and affordability hospitality is offered travelers, and a range of programs are conducted that serve to put Quaker testimonies of simplicity, integrity and peace into practice. For the neighborhood, the front garden is an oasis in the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill.