Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., the historic Shaw community has a rich legacy dating back to the American Civil War. Shaw is home to Howard University, jazz great Duke Ellington, the famous “U” Street corridor, the Lincoln Theater and the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial.

During the 1968 riots, the Shaw community was greatly damaged. In response to the devastation, two congregations of the United Church of Christ -- Lincoln Congregational Temple and Westmoreland Congregational Church – collaborated to erect affordable housing for the residents in the area.

For more than three decades, the Lincoln Westmoreland Housing Development located at 1730 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., has provided housing for low-income families. Today, even more revitalization of the Shaw Community is underway.

Since 1991, the Shaw Community Ministry (SCM) of the Potomac Association, United Church of Christ, has operated as a 501(c) (3) organization devoted to further enhancing the lives of children, youth and adults in the Shaw area.

The Ministry seeks to increase family stability and encourage residents to become responsible, well-rounded, and productive citizens who are able to sustain and contribute to their community. SCM accomplishes these objectives by providing opportunities that increase knowledge and encourage youth and families to reach their full potential.

Our mission is to work together with the children, youth, adults and seniors of the Shaw community to enhance lives and to expand opportunities in the areas of: education, health and wellness, leadership and youth development.

Come and join us!