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.
There are many non-monetary ways to support our work. Your donation of in-kind gifts and services is an essential part of our ability to provide for those we serve.
If you are a provider of professional services who would like to donate time to the Mission, please contact Deborah Chambers, director of strategic partnerships and community engagement, 202-745-7118. Working with us can be an excellent way to build skills and experience. We are currently in need of professionals in the following fields: medical, legal, carpentry, grant-writing, HVAC and plumbing, auto maintenance and repair, photography, literacy tutoring, elevator maintenance, and electrician.
If your business, church, school, or organization would like to donate food, toiletries, clothing, furniture, computer equipment and accessories, or other items on a regular basis, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-745-7118.
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Food and Clothing
You may deliver clothing and food items directly to the Mission 24 hours a day. Click here for information about our current drives. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 202-745-7118.
We need your help to provide care packages year round for overnight guests and program participants. For more information about the program and a list of items contact Tracy Duncan at 202-745-7118 ext.260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have furniture and household items to donate, please e-mail email@example.com or call 202-745-7118 to schedule an drop off appointment.
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The Mission has an urgent need for laptop and desktop computers for our learning centers and for program graduates. If you have gently-used technology equipment in good working order, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-745-7118 to schedule an appointment for delivery.
Through this program, your donated vehicle will be used to provide transportation, resources and the opportunity some hungry, homeless or hurting person needs to make a difference in their life. We are only able to accept vehicles in working order and especially need vans, refrigerated trucks and buses. To donate, you must have clear title to the vehicle. You can bring the car to us, or we will pick it up within a 50-mile radius.
To schedule a drop-off or pick-up of your vehicle, call 202-745-7118 ext. 235, or email email@example.com for more information about vehicle donations.
For almost 100 years, we have distributed Christmas gifts of clothing, educational items and toys to needy children, and you can help by:
- Putting together a complete Operation Christmas Miracle bag.
- Contributing a new toy or new clothing to be added to a bag.
- Giving financially by sponsoring a child.
Check back again in August 2015 for specific information about the next Operation Christmas Miracle.
Backpacks & School Supplies
Each August we distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to needy families with school-age children. Click here for more information about the program or contact Crystal Clarke at 202-745-7118 ext.253, firstname.lastname@example.org.