Kennedy Molder, June 2009
The Gittens Get a New Start
This is the story about how Kennedy Molder, a 2007 graduating client of the Spiritual Transformation Program, began his his new life.
Keisha's Miracle-- "I remember having to make a decision whether I let the electricity be cut off and provide Christmas gifts for the children, or pay the electric bill..."
Vernon Lancaster came to the Mission looking for a new home and ended up saving his life, too.
"Suddenly, I really was homeless. I spent two days camping and praying on Theodore Roosevelt Island, asking God, "Help me. What should I do?"
Starting Over--"The Mission has been great to me. At one time, I couldn't even handle $5, but with the Mission's help, I have my own checking and savings accounts now and better know how to take care of the money I'm earning."
"God is teaching me to be obedient; it's not about me, it's God doing things through me."
A Career Serving God-- "I wasn't thinking about school at all, but Mr. Treadwell gave me the push I needed and helped me apply,"
What Following God is All About--"God turned my selfish spirit into that of one wanting to serve."
Discovering the Joy of Service (Volunteer) -- Kimberly's summer experience as a Counselor-in-Training at Camp Bennett was an important step on her lifelong path of service and outreach.
"I was a 'grate' man. My bottom was on a grate living outside. It was bitter cold. I had no gloves, and my blanket was wet from the steam and the rain."
"During my time here I have become a new creature as stated in 2 Cor. 5:17: 'If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!...'"
"This was a way for me to get in touch with God and myself. The Mission has been good to me, providing shelter, clothes and food as well as helping me toward getting my GED and Food Handlers license and starting job training."
"I just want to be a servant for the Mission for God. I have a desire to help others. Once I was in the driver's seat, but now I let God drive."
"Central Union Mission taught me to be part of the body of Christ, and now, I'm stepping out with Christ in me. I want to help others and change their lives just by my example."
I Did Not Come Here to Play! -- "The Mission Work Program kept me focused and disciplined on learning the Word of God and helping me prepare for work."
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."
"Since I left Central Union Mission, I’ve been drug- and alcohol-free for 21 years. I have answered the call to preach, gotten married, become a dad to two beautiful children and own the house that we live in."
This Was the Place for Me -- " Funny how life became easier as I could see my blessings in front of me when I couldn't before! I saw God showing me favor"
A Second Chance and a Full-Time Job -- Back on the street, he realized he wanted to be able to help his 29-year-old daughter and two young grandsons, so he decided to try again.
After three years of homelessness, Epiphaney and Humberto Gittens are here to stay. Both Army veterans, they travelled all over the country searching for jobs and a home they could afford...
Almost Didn’t Make It How God Saved My Life
"There Is Always Hope"
Belinda struggles with MS and is limited to what she can eat.
Each day, the Mission's reach extends beyond its doors and into the broader community, offering programs that serve underprivileged men, women, children, seniors and veterans. The Mission's services include:
Family and Children's Programs
- Summer Camp - a free retreat to idyllic Camp Bennett which serves 400 inner-city children each year
- Operation Backpack - an August program for families who are unable to afford the necessary school supplies for their children
- Operation Christmas Miracle - an annual program providing children with gifts on their holiday wish lists, including clothing, toys, and educational items
Community Outreach Program
- Food PLUS providing food, clothing, furniture and household items to the community.
- Emergency food
Special Recognitions and Events
Another important way the mission serves the community is by recognition at special meals and other events, including:
- A monthly Seniors Luncheon
- A Mother's Day program each May
- Ongoing veterans services, and a Veteran's Day luncheon
- Thanksgiving dinners
- Christmas dinners
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program
- Easter banquets
- An annual Birthday Party for poor and homeless men
Please check our events calendar for the updated dates and times of all events.
All of Central Union Mission's services are provided for free.
If you have questions about one of our services, or would like information about how to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-745-7118.