"The Missionary" Newsletter
Urgent Need for summer clothing

A New Friend Helps Out

Syndi Irvin
Syndi Irvin

She became acquainted with the Mission in November 2013 while working at the University of Phoenix office a few doors down the street. Syndi Irvin and some co-workers came by during their workday, and she found herself stopping in on Wednesdays to work a while. 

Syndi started by helping acquire office supplies, then she helped acquire volunteers for the Everyman’s Birthday Party. The volunteer department suggested that she work with Bonnie Pritchard, assistant director of education, who noticed her skills and asked her to move to the teaching department.

She’s now behind the scenes, organizing office files and getting programs set up. To help eliminate some extra paper, she’s helping to put the curriculum and other documents online. A favorite part of her volunteer job is seeing how the students improve in their studies.

“You just take for granted that you can read and write, so it’s startling to come here and see men that can’t. I am amazed to watch them start reading at 0 percent, then after a while you can see they’ve improved to 40 percent. After a couple of weeks they’re reading at 70 percent. It’s a testament to the men and their teachers that they can learn so fast.”

“Outreach is a serious passion of mine,” she admits; she’s also very involved in DC Metro Church’s outreach projects. Central Union Mission is fortunate to have her expertise while she manages numerous pressing projects. We’re so glad she walked down Massachusetts Avenue!

The Best Kept Secret?

Dave Treadwell

With our new men’s shelter facility formally opened, we know we have plenty of work to do. Even though we’re 130 years old this year, some of our neediest neighbors don’t understand what we do. Many loiter at Union Station in all kinds of weather, only two blocks away from our clean, safe and polite shelter.

Our Outreach Special Assistant Cila Marrero said she recently met a man waiting with all of his belongings at a bus stop near the Gales School. “He said he thought that he had to pay to stay at the Mission. I explained that he didn’t, and he was very happy to hear it.”

Our challenge is to reach out to our area, to introduce ourselves to those who need help. Their immediate concern may be for a hot meal or a clean bed, but we know meeting these needs can lead them to the Savior who loves them.

You can help us spread the word. Keep telling others about the Mission’s work, and, most important, keep praying for us—guests, students and staff. Your prayers and your generous gifts keep us serving God at Central Union Mission. We are so grateful!


David O. Treadwell
David Treadwell
Executive Director

ribbon cutting
Mayor Gray (center) prepares to cut the ribbon ending the dedication ceremony. He shares the stage with Mission board members.


After years of hard work, Central Union Mission officially opened its shelter doors to the DC community at a dedication ceremony on March 25, 2014. While the building has a state-of-the-art interior, its historic exterior commemorates the turn-of-the-nineteenth-century founding of both Central Union Mission and the Gales School. The Mission with a heart has returned to the heart of the city.

WAVA radio personality Don Kroah was the master of ceremonies for the standing-room-only crowd, who also heard from Mission Board Treasurer David Leach, Thomas Taylor of NoMa Business Improvement District and Chris Graae of cox graae + spack architects. Executive Director David Treadwell thanked the businesses, organizations, churches and individuals who contributed to the building’s renovation.

Mission Board Vice President DC Washington sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Reverend Darrel Fiddermon recalled how Jesus Christ and Central Union Mission transformed him from a drug-dealing youth to a husband, father and pastor of New Vision in the City Free Methodist Church.

Mayor Vincent Gray noted, “This building had been a blight on the community, but look at how it is now! It will help bring life back to people who may have given up.” He emphasized that “Central Union Mission is a microcosm of what our entire city needs to be.” Reverend Cornelius Wheeler of Vermont Avenue Baptist Church dedicated the building to the Lord, praying that “all that we do in this shelter will be in Your name and for Your praise.”

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments and tours of the facilities guided by Mission staff, students and volunteers. Central Union Mission begins its 130th year grateful to serve God’s people and thankful for the support of our dedicated friends.

dedication audience medical office lobby
The meeting room was filled to capacity, and more guests watched the proceedings on TVs in the dayroom and classroom. Homeless Outreach staff serve Mission guests in our new medical office. Pictured are Oluwabunmi Olusola, health center director, Dr. Janelle Goetcheus, MD, founder and chief medical officer, and Dr. Catherine Crosland, MD, medical director. Mission staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the Gales School lobby, sheltered from the spring snow falling outside.

FTC volunteers


We saw happy faces everywhere at our Georgia Ave, NW, Walmart on April 2, 2014. That’s because the Feed The Children trucks were in town, delivering food and necessities to about 1,000 families under Central Union Mission’s care.

Our friends at PepsiCo sponsored the delivery as well as donated food from their Quaker, Tropicana and Frito-Lay product lines. Walmart and Bimbo Bakeries USA contributed produce, household goods and bread, and Avon donated personal care products. Each family received 25 pounds of food and 10 pounds of necessities designed to last a week for a family of four.

According to Mission Executive Director David Treadwell, “These boxes are a big blessing to our families. The children can eat well, and the parents can use the money they’re saving toward other bills.” According to neighbor Ms. Willie Leake, “This box from Feed The Children really helps out my family. We are especially glad for the things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer,” useful items not generally available at food pantries.

FTC families
Some eager families formed a line at 6:00 am, five hours before the distribution began.

Nearly 100 volunteers from Walmart and PepsiCo and guests and students from Central Union Mission distributed the boxes to the waiting crowd, comprising 400 more families than last year’s event. “We’re proud to work with our generous partners,” said Treadwell, “and we’re thankful to help make life a little better for the hungry people in our neighborhood.”


Wednesday Friend’s Day
Every Wednesday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Administrative professionals, please help us assemble information packets, write correspondence and complete other tasks.

Executive dinners
May 6 and June 10, 2014
6:30 pm

Please join us for a free dinner and tour of our facility and ministries. RSVP to www.missiondc.org/dinners.

Seniors Luncheons
April 25, May 16 and June 20, 2014
10:00 am

Help our seniors enjoy fellowship at Israel Baptist Church (1251 Saratoga Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20018).

National Day of Prayer
May 1, 2104
10:00 am

Join our prayer meeting featuring local pastors and speakers.

Executive Luncheon
May 2 and June 6, 2014
12:00 noon

Join us at the Mission for a free lunch,
and learn about our ministry. RSVP to

Mothers’ Day Party
May 8, 2014
12:00 noon

Family Ministries sponsors this celebration at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church (1625 13th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009).

Father’s Day
June 15, 2014
12:00 noon

You can help serve our Mission guests as we celebrate Father’s Day.

To volunteer for these events, please register here.

man eating


In the city and in our tired hearts, life is restored through spring’s promise. Central Union Mission works in the same way, offering revival to people desperate for a second chance.

When homeless men come to the Mission, they receive a hot meal, a clean bed and hope. Hungry families receive groceries, household items and peace. Isolated seniors enjoy a festive lunch and fellowship.

Because you care about your neighbors, your gifts provide these crucial life-changes. Thank you so much for your generous support and your continued compassion.

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Central Union Mission | P.O. Box 96763 | Washington, DC 20090 | 202.745.7118 | www.missiondc.org

Mission Statement:
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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