About Us

William Penn House is a Quaker center for education, activism, service, and hospitality, located on Capitol Hill.

Mission Statement:
William Penn House is a Quaker center on Capitol Hill that engages people from all walks of life with issues of peace, reconciliation, social and economic justice, and environmental awareness, through inward reflection, hands-on experience, education, and community building. We support and celebrate those who “speak truth to power” and seeks to make visible the Quaker values of peace, community, simplicity, equality and truth.


Program Components:

  •  Sponsoring programs focused on peace and peace education, Quaker spirituality, social and economic justice, race relations, environmental concerns, community needs, homelessness, and the HIV-AIDS crisis.  We offer one-day, weekend, or week-long service-learning programs for youth and young adults through Washington Quaker Workcamps, where direct service to the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized is combined with education, opportunities for individual and group reflection, and advocacy.
  • Connecting groups that come to Washington to learn about government and government policy with local institutions and resource people.
  • Promoting dialogue, reconciliation and community building around painful and divisive issues and concerns.
  •  Serving as a resource center and meeting place for Quakers, both locally and nationally.
  • Following our ministry of Radical Hospitality we welcome travelers from around the world in a simple, affordable community-based setting.