"The Missionary" Newsletter

"This Place Is the Best"

Ms. Betty Fluker
Betty Fluker, Gospel singer

When we finally caught up with Betty Fluker, she was preparing to host a large Christian Valentine's Day party at her house. Betty is a great friend to the Mission since she lives "right down the street." A fellow R St. resident for 21 years, Betty has been a regular participant and volunteer at Mission functions for many years.

Betty is a gospel singer and minister who evangelizes in the area and has a CD of her own songs. She ministers to Mission men and other neighbors on the street; "everyone knows me," she said. She attends the Mission's Seniors Luncheons every month, enjoying the programs and fellowship.

Every other Thursday, she ministers in song and shares a few words of encouragement to the Food Depot attendees. "I wanted to do something to help the Mission," she says, and when we needed a worship leader, she stepped right up. For the last two years at the worship services, she has sung some of her own songs and led the congregation to join in with favorites like "People Get Ready," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "On Time God" and songs from Shirley Caesar.

A native of Alabama, Betty came to Washington, DC, to marry her husband years ago. She now has five grown children all living in Maryland.

Central Union Mission is special to Betty: "I've volunteered at a lot of places, but I haven't seen another organization like Central Union Mission. This place is the best. The people here are loving and kind." We're thankful that Betty continues to be a part of our Mission community.

Share Your Harvest

Plant a Row logoHey, gardeners! While you're starting your summer garden, why not plant an extra row for Central Union Mission? Thanks to Johnson's Florist and Garden Center and the Garden Writers Association Foundation and its "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program, those extra tomatoes can find a good home.

You can pick up a planting kit (including seeds, peat plugs and fertilizer) at Johnson's DC location (4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016) this spring, and start growing some extra produce. Your donations will help our kitchen enhance the nutrition and flavor of our summer meals with otherwise unaffordable fresh vegetables.

WGTS logoTuning in and Coming Through

You sure showed us some love on Valentine's Day. With help from you and our friends at WGTS 91.9 FM, listeners provided almost 10,000 Winter Rescue Kits

for the needy in our community. The Kits are used to keep people from suffering hypothermia by providing food, shelter and cold weather care items. Mission staff and radio DJs worked for six hours promoting Central Union Mission's outreach to an appreciative audience: you provided 4,000 gifts beyond our goal, nearly doubling the love. We thank you so much for your compassion!

WGTS radiothon photo Mission Communications Director Deborah Chambers, Executive Director David Treadwell and David Harms (right) at the WGTS microphone with DJ Jerry, station Chaplain Pete Garza and DJ Becky Alignay.

From the Executive Director -
Renewed Lives are Blooming

Dave TreadwellBesides enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms of our signature Nation's Capital springtime, we're celebrating the new life that God is granting us this season.

We're seeing formerly despairing neighbors enthusiastically embracing their new lives in Christ and finding jobs and permanent homes. We're watching the Gales School renovations transform an historic old building into a state-of-the-art homeless shelter. Our Spiritual Transformation Program graduates are ready to take on their world--with God's help this time. Our Camp Bennett is gearing up for a summer full of excited city children.

All these joyous events are due to God's provision and your faithfulness in serving Him. Every offering of money, gifts, time and prayer is pleasing to Him as you help serve
His treasured children. Thanks so much for your generous support and your God-honoring compassion.


David O. Treadwell

Upcoming Events

April Food Depot
April 1, 4 and 6, 2013
April 15, 18 and 20, 2013
10:00 am
We need your help encouraging and distributing food to our neighbors.

Seniors Luncheons
April 10 and May 8, 2013
10:00 am
Help us encourage our older neighbors at these spring-themed programs.

STP Graduation Ceremony
April 12, 2013
11:00 am
You are invited to come support our newest STP graduates at this program themed "Running to Win."

Worship in Washington
June 9, 2013
7:00 pm
This concert benefiting Central Union Mission features recording artists Charles Billingsley, Travis Cottrell and Marcia Ware, along with a 400-voice choir and a special appearance by the Mission Choir at Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge, VA. Tickets are available here: www.missiondc.org/Worship in Washington.

Events take place at Central Union Mission, 1350 R., St., NW, Washington, DC 20009. For volunteer information, please contact Seamus Merrigan at 202-MISSION, ext. 249, jmerrigan@missiondc.org or visit our volunteer website.

These computer renderings show the multi-purpose area arranged for dining service and Overnight Guest Sleeping Quarters. Bunk beds provide storage space, and dividing panels give guests a sense of privacy.

Our Renovation in Fine Shape

Our excitement builds as renovations to the old Gales School at 65 Massachusetts Ave, NW, bring us closer to occupying our new facility. Would you like to hold a permanent place in Central Union Mission's renovation?

Your Gift of Love can fund a floor tile or paving stone, or you can purchase a critically needed new bed. You can even give large gifts such as donating the kitchen, dental office or elevator. All Gifts of Love will be recognized with an attractive inscription displayed prominently in the new facility.

This recognition is a lasting testament to your selfless compassion and generosity toward the homeless and people in need. For Gift of Love information, click here, or contact Jocelyn Harris at 202-745-7118, ext. 221.

sheets and towel drive

Worship in Washington

2 homeless menBeginning Again

Spring is God's blessing. It's a fresh start for our earth and for our spirits.

Homeless people want to have a new start, too, but the struggle to stay alive on the streets takes all their effort and energy. That's where Central Union Mission steps in: to be their safety net. We give them food, clothing and shelter so they can concentrate on getting their lives together, reconciling with family and learning about their God who loves them.

God provides for homeless neighbors through the faithfulness of His people. Thank you so much for your generous donations, and please pray for the Mission and the people we serve.

We Need a Few Good Men

Know someone in need? We invite pastors, community workers, relatives or friends to refer men who are homeless or in need of guidance to our 18-month residential Spiritual Transformation Program. The Program offers supportive services such as life skills enhancement, wrap-around social service support and literacy and job skills training with a spiritual emphasis for those struggling with life-controlling issues like anger, drug abuse, homelessness, forgiveness, alcoholism or other debilitating challenges. For more information, contact Chaplain Donald Ross at 202-745-7118, ext. 232 or dross@missiondc.org.

In Grateful Tribute
Summer Camp - Make a Difference in a Child Life
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To glorify God through proclaiming and teaching the gospel, leading people to Christ, developing disciples, and serving the needs of hurting people throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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