Partner News June and July 2022

“Thank you for your recent generous gift in support of the work of Central Union Mission! Your partnership is making a difference in the lives of people struggling to survive. We are grateful for your kindness. It is needed now, more than ever before. God bless you!” – Joseph Mettimano, President and CEO, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC

Central Union Mission celebrated over 135 years of caring for DC’s homeless for the area’s neediest residents including homeless Veterans. Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC. In addition to its emergency shelter, which provides almost 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates a holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development program for men, provides benefits for Veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission as a three-star charity, GuideStar awarded Central Union Mission a Gold Seal for its financial transparency and Great Nonprofits has given Central Union Mission a Top-Rated award.

The Mission’s Workforce Development and Education program helps people and Veterans experience homelessness to be physically and mentally prepared for employment. Then, the Mission’s Ready2Succeed program gives hand-on experience in fields like maintenance, landscaping, cooking, and running a business like a recycling center or the Mission Muffins bakery. This not only provide their food and housing during this time so they can save their wages for their first apartment.

Besides helping homeless men, the Mission’s Family Center provides free food, clothing and houseware for families living at or below the poverty level. With the Mission’s English language and computer skills classes, families have more hope for retaining their jobs and homes. The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. efforts to partner with Central Union Mission to End Homelessness has the potential to improve many lives in DC and the Central Union Mission looks forward to NAAV continue assistance with this important goal.

“I want to thank you NAAV, Inc. for your gifts. Your gifts are such a blessing and will help meet a critical need among the poorest women, men, families, and senior citizens in the D.C. metro area. Though your giving, you will help provide a full array of services in one Location—an easily accessible, “one-stop” continuum of assistance that offers truly transformative family care in a safe, caring environment. Through this innovative approach—and with your partnership—we will be able to reduce poverty, decrease the risk of homelessness, restore dignity, and provide the foundation hard-working families need to rebuild their lives and regain their stability and self-sufficiency. That is a big goal. But it is one that we can and will meet through God’s grace and your wonderful financial support. Thank you again for sharing in this vision with us AND for sharing part of your treasure with us to help make it all a reality. May God bless you for your generosity!” – Joseph Mettamano, President and CEO, Central Union Mission, Washington, D.C.

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