|THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSIONATE ACTION
Your prayers, volunteer hours and contributions feed hungry families, prepare lost men for gainful employment, rescue the captive from
addiction and pave the road to freedom in
Christ for so many in Washington, DC. We gratefully
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
|IN A WORD...
We wanted to give you a snapshot of what the Mission is all about, so we interviewed staff and
friends for their Mission "keywords." These words
came to mind: "inspiring," "supportive," "encouraging," "quality" and even "fun." But the top of the list reveals "serving" and "compassion."
That's where our inspiration for this fall's Campaign for
Compassion 2010 comes from. You'll read about so many
ways to show compassion: from volunteering your talents, as
has graphic artist Joel Young, to exercising in the Help the
Compassion is creative. We have many other ideas to share
with you, and we know you have some of your own. Please
read on for all the details, and share with us at
www.missiondc.org for Compassion 2010.
Operation Christmas Miracle 2010
Registration begins now to sponsor a
needy child for Christmas. Call Tracy
Duncan at 202-MISSION, ext. 260, or
visit us at www.missiondc.or/christmas.
Community Health Fair
Friday, October 29, 2010
Health services and testing provided
to the public.
Turkey Give Away
Monday, November 8, 2010
Please help us distribute turkeys to
Mission families and neighbors.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
You can help our seniors participate
holiday program and lunch.
Veteran's Day Luncheon
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Please volunteer to help guests and
veterans enjoy this special program.
Fannie Mae Help the Homeless
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Visit www.helpthehomlessdc.org to
register today, and select Central Union
Mission (#DC015) as your beneficiary.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We need your help serving our neighbors
during this Thanksgiving-themed
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Please volunteer to serve and encourage
our overnight guests.
THE ART OF SERVING GOD
Joel Young is hearing God's call, and Central Union
Mission is fortunate that he's listening. Young worked in
the corporate world as a graphic designer for nearly ten
years. He had good intentions for serving God, but with
all his work hours, he just had no time.
Then God got his attention through a conversation with
a friend who strayed from the church. Young realized that
ministry was just too important to put off. In faith, he decided
to resign from his job with a consulting firm and to open
himself up to God's plans. He is leaving Northern Virginia
this summer for Ohio to work with a friend in an evangelistic
ministry as well as to continue his graphic design business.
At first, Young volunteered to help serve a holiday meal at the
Mission, but we soon found out about Young's special talents
and asked him to help us innovate the Mission's graphic
image. Thanks to Joel Young and his dedication to obeying
God, the Mission's updated communications attract even
more potential friends to the work of helping homeless people.
You can contact Joel at Joel.Young@evantgard.com.
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
HOOP DREAMS AND NEW HOME PRAYERS
This fall starts up another
busy season at the Mission.
With Camp Bennett
and Operation Backpack
behind us, we're already planning for
the holidays and cold weather. Of
course, our planning for the future is
We learned in July that DC's
Department of Real Estate Services
has selected Central Union Mission as
the agency to negotiate a lease for the
purpose of rebuilding and operating
a community-based residential
facility in the Gales School at 65
Massachusetts Ave., NW. We pray
for a short negotiation period and a
prompt beginning of construction for
this 175-bed facility.
Another piece of news is our
collaboration with the distressed DC
Sports Network to equip area teens
both for basketball and their futures. I
hope you'll read all about this exciting
Thanks to you, needy and homeless
people have the chance to be safe and
fed, as well as trained and inspired.
With your participation in our
Campaign of Compassion 2010,
lives are changed every day.
DID YOU KNOW
- Contributions through United Way #9617
and Combined Federal Campaign #85786
- Matching gifts through your employer
- Verizon Velocity #13804
- Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon
(At www.helpthehomelessdc.org, choose
- Shopping online through Give Back America at
- Processing Credit Cards? Your service through
FAB Solutions contributes to the Mission.
(Call 877-411-3227 or visit www.fab-s.com.)
- One-time donations via the mail,
online or phone
- Monthly partnership donations through
credit card or automatic bank
deduction, as well as personal checks
- Planned giving (For a complimentary
consultation, contact Ted Meyers,
ACRFE, at 301-421-5800.)
- Major personal, corporate or foundation gifts, Restricted gifts and gifts of stock or property
- Memorial or honorarium gifts
- Gifts-in-kind (Food, furniture, autos,
- And—most important—Prayer and
SHOOTING FOR THEIR FUTURES
Where some may see a coincidence, others see God's
hand at work. As DC-based recording artist
and TV host Jeff Majors toured Central Union
Mission, he recognized someone. "That's Gregory
Leonard," he said, former all-star point guard for a local high
school basketball team. Mr. Leonard, a wealth of basketball talent
and strategy, has been living at the Mission as an overnight guest.
A few months later, Wade Simmons was trying to pull
together the teen basketball league DC Sports Network that he
founded with another former homeless man. The league was
shattered when Simmons's partner ran off with the uniform
and referee fees the Northeast, DC, boys had invested.
Central Union Mission saw the connection and stepped in to
help sponsor the league and a team with Gregory Leonard as the
new head coach and Don Ross, Mission chaplain, as assistant.
The Mission is also contributing water, computer and copier
access and administrative and fundraising help to the league.
According to Dave Treadwell, Mission executive director, this
is a perfect opportunity for both the Mission men and the
teens. The men gain a chance to contribute to the city's future
citizens and to gain some responsibility and job skills. The
young men can benefit from the hard-driving competition,
the athletic advice from our men and the hard-learned lessons
about homeless life. "We can get involved and help the
young men, get them off the street and on a positive track,
so that we never have to see them here later as adults."
Central Union Mission's Camp Bennett welcomed
Congresswoman Donna Edwards for a tour this summer.
The representative from Maryland's fourth district was
impressed with the Camp's commitment to inspiring needy
children. She also offered ideas for funding for facility improvements
and using the land for work therapy and environmental education.
COMPASSION THROUGH VOLUNTEERING
Graphic Designer Joel Young donated his skills to update the
Mission's appearance. Do you have some time or skills you can volunteer? We can use your professional skills like photography, grant writing and accounting. If you've got
time to offer, please volunteer at one of our upcoming events and contact James "Seamus" Merrigan at 202-MISSION.
COMPASSION THROUGH INDIVIDUAL ACTION
Is God calling you to be vulnerable enough to make a
difference through the power of one? You can tutor a Spiritual Transformation student or Overnight guest, helping
prepare them for independent life. Call Shirley Johnson at
202-MISSION ext. 225 for details.
COMPASSION FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
Into basketball? DC Sport Network and the Mission can help
you show compassion by donating uniforms, balls or your
practice facility. They also need your time as a coach, driving
players to games or attending a game to cheer them on, so call
Don Ross at 202-MISSION ext. 232.
Christmas is coming soon, and many DC children will not be
getting presents without your help. You can sponsor a child
for Operation Christmas Miracle 2010 through Tracy Duncan
at 202-MISSION ext 260.
If you'd prefer, we're having a Holiday Dinner and Toy Drive on December 4, 2010, 5:00PM, at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD. Bring toys for underprivileged children between the ages of infancy to 17. Your gift should be wrapped and tagged by gender and age. Each and every toy will go to a child in need. No ticket is required. RSVP NOW!
COMPASSION THROUGH FINANCIAL SUPPORT
There is always a need to pay for the Mission's food, utilities
and programs. Please help today. Click here for ideas, or call
Deborah Chambers at 202-MISSION ext 227 for donation
COMPASSION TO END HOMELESSNESS
On November 20, join
us as we walk a scenic
three-mile route through
downtown DC in the
Help the Homeless Walkathon. We'll
be among thousands showing our
compassion for the needs of homeless
people in our city.
New this year: you can register as
a family, and you can register your
faithful canine companion. Or, you
can be a Walkathon "Virtual Walker," and sleep in instead. Learn more about
these options under "Get Involved" at www.helpthehomelessdc.org,
You must register in advance.
visit www.helpthehomelessdc.org, and
select Central Union Mission #DC015
as your beneficiary, then meet us
outside the Archives/Navy Memorial
Metro Station entrance (on the Green/
Yellow line), at 7th St. and Pennsylvania
Ave. at 8:30 am. Just look for the
Are you a networker? Use your connecting skills to
get others on-board for compassion. Sponsor a Compassion Sunday or Urban Outreach event. Perhaps your company can make donations
to the Mission through your business, as do FAB
Solutions (www.fab-s.com) and Kensington Caboose
(www.kensingtoncaboose.com). Contact Deborah
Chambers at 202-MISSION ext. 227 for ideas.
17 PRESENTS FROM ONE BIRTHDAY
Malaika Staff has a
heart for children,
so when a colleague
told her about
Operation Backpack, she knew She
had to participate. To her, it was
"heartbreaking that kids had to go to
school without supplies they needed,
through no fault of their own or their
parents'." So for several summers, she
donated a full backpack to Operation
This summer when family and
friends asked her how she'd like to
celebrate a milestone birthday, she
decided to share it with the children
of DC. Her planned double donation
of two backpacks turned into five,
then nine, then 17! She and her niece
Alyssa had so much fun filling the
backpacks with supplies purchased
and donated by her loved ones.
She also inspired her friend Joyce
Casso, proprietor of the awardwinning
childrens' consignment shop
(Kensington, MD), to donate
proceeds from a special sale to
Operation Backpack in the amount
Says Malaika, "Raised by a single
mom with four kids, I can appreciate
how community, friends and family
step in when children are in need." We're so grateful that Malaika shared
her birthday and her compassion
with Operation Backpack.
COMPASSION IS CONTAGIOUS
We know about your passion for helping
needy people in DC, but have you
ever wondered how you can share that
passion with your friends? That's why
we've created Compassion Sunday
and the Urban Outreach Event.
To sponsor a Compassion Sunday,
you choose a good date for your
congregation, and a Mission senior
staffer will provide the program you
select. Depending on your interests,
we can present anywhere from
five minutes to an hour. Current students and graduates can give their
testimonies; some have even been
known to share in song. We can also
bring literature about homelessness,
show pictures and a video of what
we do and share ways for individuals
and small groups to get involved.
An Urban Outreach Event is perfect for
your church group, office colleagues,
youth club or other community group.
After receiving a facility tour, your
group can meet current students and
residents and participate in a volunteer
project at one of the Mission's facilities.
If either sounds like the inspiration your
group needs, please contact Deborah
Chambers at 202-MISSION ext. 227
or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WE COVET YOUR PRAYERS
Knowing that God will provide
everything we need to do His
work, we ask you to keep the
Mission in your faithful prayers
this fall. Here are a few requests
to keep in mind:
- Please pray that the Lord will
provide employment for those
who are job searching.
- Lift up all of the senior citizens in
the Mission community—for their
health, well-being, families and
- Give thanks for the volunteers who
continue to serve with willing hearts.
- Please pray for faith and courage
for those battling drug and alcohol
- Pray for wisdom, guidance and
encouragement for the Mission's
staff and board of directors.
- Thank God for our generous
donors who make the Mission's