Annual Report

A Message from Our Executive Director
Your Blessing and God’s Promise

Executive Luncheon tour
David Treadwell gives our supporters a tour of the Gales School shelter at one of our Executive Luncheons.

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24-25 (The Message)

I like to contemplate God’s promise in Proverbs 11 because of how it directly impacts Central Union Mission donors like you. When you make a gift to the Mission, your world and your spheres of influence actually expand! I’m sending you this annual report today so you can see for yourself the people in this bigger world you’re creating.

You’re expanding our ministry by helping even more people in need, and you’re also expanding the lives those who hear about Jesus’ saving love. Homeless men who reconcile with estranged loved ones, families who find nourishing food for their children and seniors who develop loving safety nets within their community are only a few of the people your expanding world has sustained. 
But the verse goes on to promise that as you bless and help Central Union Mission, God is bringing blessing and help to you. What does that look like in your life? God’s promises never fail, so you know your compassion for the poor is always rewarded.

Thank you so much for your commitment to helping poor and homeless people in our community. We see your love in every contribution, and it touches the lives and eternities of God’s children. Please take pride in what your gifts have accomplished this year.



overnight guest Students and overnight guests work diligently to keep the shelter clean, safe and polite.
Often, over 200 overnight guests and program participants are fed at one meal. We serve three hot meals a day, and 150 sandwiches are provided daily for walk-ins. Students and overnight guests work diligently to keep the shelter clean, safe and polite.

Men’s Ministry Report
Overnight Guests

This year, 58,081 nights of shelter were provided through the Overnight Guest Ministry and Spiritual Transformation Program, as well as 4,565 counseling sessions and home or hospital visits.

STP students Orvin White
The Mission’s Spiritual Transformation Program provides men job skills and education, but—most important—it offers wholeness and reconciliation based on biblical truths.

Orvin White, a 2015 STP graduate and Work Therapy participant, says, “You get a lot of love at the Mission; the staff is really great. You’d be surprised how many people care.” White is working at the Food PLUS Center. 

Men’s Ministry Report
Spiritual Transformation Program

This year 107 men participated in the Spiritual Transformation Program (STP).
1,311 appointments for eye exams, testing or private medical or legal consultations and 16,173 hours of instruction in English literacy, GED preparation and other skills were provided.

Jimmie Carter Ready 2 Work men gardening
After starting with R2W in 2013, Jimmie Carter is now supervisor of seven R2W employees in the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. Alcohol addiction lost him a landscaping business and several important relationships, but “RTW has really gotten me to be the best I can be. It showed me things I didn’t know I could do.” He is living with his new wife in their new apartment and is active in their church. Ready 2 Work employees clean the streets and improve the grounds in the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Men’s Ministry Report
Ready 2 Work

29 men and women were served in the Ready to Work Program; 
32 men in the Work Therapy Program (working and living at the Mission);
62 men in our Work Program (working offsite and living at the Mission);
36 men in the Culinary Training Program;
40 men in the Special Circumstances Transitional Program;
and 23 men were housed in the Gospel Mission House transition home.

Show Some Love 2015 Show Some Love 2015
The Show Some Love event offered encouragement and dignity through haircuts, nice clothes, a fancy meal and entertainment. Because of your financial support and help from our volunteers, men know they are loved—by us and by Jesus!

Thanks to volunteer hairstylists, who helped the  men look sharp. 

Men’s Ministry Report
Show Some Love

Thanks to the dedicated volunteer event planners, we gave Overnight Guests and student participants an inspirational day of dignity and celebration.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church 

Direct Electric Services 

Evelyn Dorsey

Effie’s Catering

Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-Day Adventist Church 

Perry Flint

Berhane Kassa 

Steve Maggio

K Neal International Trucking 

Elizabeth O’Connor 

Jennifer Roberts

Caroline Savage 


Donna Turner 

Mr. & Mrs. Gerry Wardell 

Zion Hill Baptist Church

Food PLUS Center Camp Bennett Summer Camp
The Food PLUS Center has many senior citizen clients because donations of food, clothes and housewares help their retirement checks last through the month. A week at Camp Bennett in the wilds of central Maryland is transformational for city children, who learned about our “Awesome God” during last summer’s camp season.

Family Ministry Update
Food PLUS Center

With your support, the Mission was able to distribute $641,962 worth of clothing, furniture and household goods and $7,093,365 worth of food.

We served or provided 3,393,955 meals for needy men, women, families and children.

Camp Bennett

400 children attended summer camp at Camp Bennett

Seniors Luncheon Lola Parker
Spanish-speaking seniors can now enjoy a monthly luncheon in their language. Lola Parker is one of 
200 seniors who regularly attend the monthly Seniors Luncheons. She enjoys the fellowship, a safety net that helps encourage our isolated seniors.

Family Ministry Update
Seniors Luncheon

Senior citizens join us every month for a morning of Bingo, a delicious lunch, an inspirational program and groceries to take home.

24 Seniors Luncheons were held in English and Spanish.

7 families were housed in the Mission’s Lambert House, our low-income housing facility.

Operation Backpack Operation Christmas Miracle
Going back to school is a little easier when you have the right supplies for learning. Your donations to Operation Christmas Miracle bless children who would have no Christmas gifts. 

Family Ministry Update
Operation Back Pack and Operation Christmas Miracle

763 children received backpacks filled with school supplies through Operation Back Pack, and 1,100 children received Operation Christmas Miracle bags.

Your compassion and godly obedience are part of your lasting legacy to your family and this city when you remember Central Union Mission in your will.

Partner Ministry Focus

Faithful supporters donated $15,567,461 in money and gifts-in-kind.

Central Union Mission supporters donated $207,150 in bequests this year, with a three-year total of $782,079.

Heart & Sole Cookoff Challenge
Chef Rock Harper (right) brought together his creative friends like Chef Monique Woodward (center) with volunteer event planner Sharnikya Howard (left) to share their compassion for our homeless neighbors.  Chef Jerome Grant of Mitsitam Café and Steve Fitzhugh, motivational speaker and former Denver Bronco, review their cook-off challenge basket. 

Partner Ministry Focus
HeArt & Sole

The Mission’s first HeArt & Sole event matched compassionate local chefs with generous supporters to make an evening of good food, friends and helping the community.

Thank You to Our Sponsors




National Cable and Telecommunications Association

St. Brendan’s Church in the City

Daubers, Inc.

Holland & Knight


Sally & John Cox

Vito Dellenoci & Haimanot
“Mimi” Tefera

Royster Wright


Chesapeake Home Health Care, Inc.


IDMP Consulting

John Jackson

Donna & Pete Jervey

Skyland Properties

The Stafford Foundation

H. René Fonseca

Gaithersburg Equipment Co.

Larry Huff

David Leach

DC Washington

Hearts of Hope volunteers Show Some Love volunteers
These ladies wanted the older kids to feel included at the Hearts of Hope baby shower, so they brought hand-made friendship bracelets. Volunteer event planners Celeste Myers, Terry Lee, Larry Strange, Mary Kate Costello, Elizabeth Ayodel (left) and Brenda Buckner (center) planned our Show Some Love event, with helper Nekisha Roache (right). The team said there’s “nowhere we’d rather be” than volunteering at the Mission.

Partner Ministry Focus

1,956 volunteers served, and 7,292 volunteer opportunities were filled at various Mission locations.

Volunteers donated 14,584 volunteer hours.

Financial Report

Fiscal Year ended 
June 30, 2015

Income Sources

Income Sources

Where Your Gifts Go

Expense Chart

Visit for our complete audited financial statements.

Board of Directors

President Royster Wright, government executive
Vice President DC Washington, systems analyst, Computer System Center
Vice President, Facilities Bob Wormald, chairman, The Wormald Companies
Secretary  Donald Woodall, office manager, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Assistant Secretary Pamela Roylance, founder and director, Faith in Action
Treasurer David Leach, executive director, Immanuel Bible Church
Assistant Treasurer Michael J. Dennis, government attorney
Serge Duss, executive, International Medical Corps
René Fonseca, realtor, Long and Foster
Larry Huff, president, Samaritan Inns
John Jackson, attorney, Fairchild Industries (retired)
Robert Krech, operations officer, World Bank
Board Intern Joe Paul, human resource officer, DC Department of Human Resources

Senior Staff

David Treadwell, executive director
Dr. Robert Rich, executive director emeritus
Min. Deborah J. Chambers, senior director of strategic partnerships and community engagement
Sally Cox, chief financial officer and senior director of Ready 2 Work
Dr. Jorge De Casanova, senior director of family ministry 
Rev. Rutherford Cooke, director of men’s ministry
Chaplain Kevin Hollowell, director of Camp Bennett
Shirley Johnson, director of social work
Bonnie Pritchard, director of education
Wanda L. Spence, director of administration

Mission Statement

To glorify God by proclaiming the Gospel and meeting the needs of hungry, hurting and homeless individuals and families in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Project Homeless Connect
We partnered with United Way to host Project Homeless Connect, which energized volunteers from local businesses to introduce neighbors 
to critical social services.

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