We conduct a range of programs using financial resources made possible by a growing corps of faithful supporters and volunteers.


In collaboration with MCAEL, the Briggs Center offers a comprehensive, free ESL (English as Second Language) program. Established in 1998, we serve approximately 310 students from 49 countries meeting in 15 clusters weekly. An able volunteer teaching staff gives devoted instruction to students from around the world. We also assisted Hope For Helena (Arkansas) by providing new books to children, many of whom have never owned a book, and as a result of conversations with the Briggs Center, the Korean Cultural Institute, an outreach of the Alpha Community Church, has launched a program of language and cultural growth for second and third generation Korean Americans. 

Open enrollment:  You can register at any time; there are no requirements to register at the beginning of a session
Click here to download the pre-registration form.
For more information, please contact Stacey Fannon, ESL Program Manager, at csfannon@gmail.com. 


The Briggs Center provides monthly and quarterly nutritional assistance to Martha’s Table in Washington, DC made possible by volunteers from local churches and the larger community. In addition, we recently led an effort through Westmoreland Church and others to collect loads of warm clothing and blankets for Martha’s Table, Bread for the City, Bethesda Cares and Hope for Helena. 

Volunteers needed monthly: Join us the last Tuesday and the fifth Saturday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, to prepare sandwiches in the basement of Westmoreland UCC church. Please call 301.229.7725 for more information.


Since 2009, we have partnered with a United Church of Christ congregation on the Arizona/Mexico border as part of a broad Southwest coalition dedicated to change and justice in the Nation’s immigration policies. The Briggs Center cooperates with organizations actively involved in offering first aid, food and water to migrants lost or injured in the Sonoran Desert. 

We are developing a relationship with Justo Cafe in Mexico, an emerging coffee company that produces quality, locally grown coffee thus enabling families to make a good living and remain together in their own country. 

We also cooperate locally with Outreach Ministries and the Volunteer Corps of Westmoreland Church, Bethesda Cares, Interfaith Works and Bread for the City. Internationally, we work with Hope for Burundi, Global Ministries of the UCC, and Thrive in Helena, AR.


The Carpenter’s House, Briggs Center’s headquarters, is a place of hospitality, education and spiritual reflection. The house welcomes visiting national and international youth groups, scholars, clergy and others in the city for events consistent with our mission. As part of the Briggs Center’s cluster of relationships, service agencies regularly make use of the house, and the house offers hospitality to a weekly meditation group. Spiritual direction and counseling led by Rev. Yonce Shelton.

The Westmoreland Children’s Center administrative office is also located at the Carpenter's House, as is a new memorial garden. 

For more information, visit CarpentersHouseDC.org.   

Briggs Center for Faith & Action | 5148 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816 | 301.229.7725