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Aaron Davis, June 2009

Another success of the Spiritual Transformation Program...
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Kennedy Molder, June 2009

This is the story about how Kennedy Molder, a 2007 graduating client of the Spiritual Transformation Program, began his his new life.
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Ben C. Guthrie

A testimony about how God miraculously freed Ben from the slavery of alcohol abuse. (Originally published in the 1957 Annual Report)
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Keisha

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..."
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Vernon Lancaster

Vernon Lancaster came to the Mission looking for a new home and ended up saving his life, too.
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Robert Taylor

"Suddenly, I really was homeless. I spent two days camping and praying on Theodore Roosevelt Island, asking God, "Help me. What should I do?"
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Charles Thibodeaux

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."
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James Terry

"God is teaching me to be obedient; it's not about me, it's God doing things through me."
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James LeBlanc

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,"
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Michelangelo Payne

What Following God is All About--"God turned my selfish spirit into that of one wanting to serve."
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Kimberly

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.
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Bernard Hamilton

"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."
Read story. . .

Domonic Garrett

"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!...'"
Read story. . .

Everett Jenkins

"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."
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Ryan Simpson

"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."
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Anthony Johnson

"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."
Read story. . .

Allan Hall

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."
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Betty Fluker

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."
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Darrel Fiddermon

"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."
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Charles Hill

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"
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Aaron Green

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.
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The Gittens Get a New Start

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...
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Anthony Casson

Almost Didn’t Make It How God Saved My Life
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Zachary Pope

"There Is Always Hope"
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Another success of the Spiritual Transformation Program...

Read story...

This is the story about how Kennedy Molder, a 2007 graduating client of the Spiritual Transformation Program, began his his new life.

Read story...

A testimony about how God miraculously freed Ben from the slavery of alcohol abuse. (Originally published in the 1957 Annual Report)

Read story...

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..."

Read story...

Vernon Lancaster came to the Mission looking for a new home and ended up saving his life, too.

Read story...

"Suddenly, I really was homeless. I spent two days camping and praying on Theodore Roosevelt Island, asking God, "Help me. What should I do?"

Read story...

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."

Read story...

"God is teaching me to be obedient; it's not about me, it's God doing things through me."

Read story...

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,"

Read story...

What Following God is All About--"God turned my selfish spirit into that of one wanting to serve."

Read story...

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.

Read story...

"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."

Read story...

"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!...'"

Read story...

"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."

Read story...

"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."

Read story...

"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."

Read story...

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."

Read story...

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."

Read story...

"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."

Read story...

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"

Read story...

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.

Read story...

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...

Read story...

Almost Didn’t Make It How God Saved My Life

Read story...

"There Is Always Hope"

Read story...

National Facts on Homelessness*

Facts on Homelessness

The State of Homelessness in America 2015 is the fifth in a series of reports that chart progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It uses the most recently available data to present national and state trends in homelessness between 2013 and 2014, trends in populations at risk of homelessness from 2012 to 2013, and trends in the types and utilization of assistance available to people experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness

On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. From 2013 to 2014, a period of ongoing recovery from the Great Recession, overall homelessness decreased by 2.3 percent and homelessness decreased among every major subpopulation: unsheltered persons (10 percent), families (2.7 percent), chronically homeless individuals (2.5 percent), and veterans (10.5 percent).

  • 34 states had decrease in overall homelessness, while 17 states saw increases. 40 states had decreases in the number of people living in unsheltered locations, including the street, cars, and abandoned buildings.
  • The national rate of homelessness fell to 18.3 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population, but the rate in individual states ranged from 120 in Washington, D.C. to 7 in Mississippi.
  • The rate of veteran homelessness continued its descent of the past several years to 25.5 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population, but the rate in individual states ranged from 146 in Washington, D.C. to 9 in Virginia.
  • The majority of states had decreases in every major subpopulation: family homelessness (32 states), chronically homeless individuals (27 states), and veteran homelessness (28 states).
  • For more information, click here.  

Common Situations that Lead to Homelessness:

  1. Unforeseen economic crisis
  2. Job loss
  3. Foreclosure
  4. Serious medical condition
  5. Death in the family

Washington, DC, Area Facts on Homelessness**

(New 2015 homeless statics for the Washington, DC, area should be available shortly)

There are nearly 8,000 homeless persons in Washington, DC. This represents an increase of 12.9% from 2013 and is broken down as follows:

  • 3,953 unaccompanied individuals
  • 3,795 adults and children (within 1,231 homeless families)

2014 table

For more information, click here.



*Statistics provided by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Homelessness Research Institute's The State of Homelessness in America 2015 report.

**Information for Washington, DC Area section provided by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Community Partnership to Prevent Homelessness.