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.
Overnight shelter for homeless men: email@example.com
Spiritual Transformation Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food PLUS Center (formerly Food Depot and Distribution Center): email@example.com
Community Services Offered to the Public
Emergency shelter services for homeless men every night of the year. More information, click here
SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM
The Spiritual Transformation Program is about changed lives - not just on the outside, but deep lasting change. The program gives dedicated students the tools they need to overcome addictions and other life-controlling issues. The residential program for men offers counseling, educational opportunities, job and skills training, cultural exposure and work therapy projects. The focus is on renewing hope, restoring family relationships, and returning once-broken men to productive lives. The program can accommodate 50 men at any given time. More information, click here; Contact: Pastor James Lewis
If you are in need of food, Central Union Mission offers two options to help you.
- Food PLUS (formerly Food Depot)
Food PLUS is a service provided by Central Union Mission to assist individuals who are experiencing economic difficulties. Each participant may receive food twice per month according to the Food PLUS calendar and assigned day.
The purpose of Central Union Mission's Food PLUS program is to assist people in the metropolitan area with their spiritual and physical needs through Christian programs and food distribution.
Food PLUS is open to the public. If you are interested in receiving groceries and clothing twice a month, please bring the following required documents to enroll in the program:
♦Driver's License/ Photo Identification
♦Proof of Residency (Lease or Utility Bill)
♦Current proof of Income (2 recent pay stubs, food stamps, SSI, etc.) ---Subject to household income levels
♦Social Security card or document with Social Security number
You will need to bring a Photo ID in addition to your Food PLUS card OR a referral.
Central Union Mission Food PLUS Center (formerly Distribution Center).
3182B Bladensburg Rd NE (located at the back of the building, turn right)
Washington, DC 20018
Phone: 202.529.0165, Main Office
Hours: Monday—Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm
QUESTIONS? Contact Crystal Clarke, 202-745-7118, x253
- Emergency Food
Food is immediately available for individuals who are in need.
Emergency food recipients are encouraged to come between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday - Thursday.
To qualify for emergency food assistance, individuals must have a valid Photo ID and a referral from a legitimate agency.
Recipients may come once a month for food bags. Recipients should bring the necessary documents to register upon their next visit.
Location: Central Union Mission Food PLUS Center, 3182B Bladensburg Rd., NE (located at the back of the building, turn right), Washington DC, 20018
Phone: (202) 529-0165
Other Emergency Food Agencies: click here (pdf)
QUESTIONS? Contact Tracy Duncan, 202-745-7118, x260
Gently used clothing for men, women and children is available.
Available weekly Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00am to 4:00 pm
Location: Food PLUS Center, 3182 B Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington, DC 20018
Questions? Contact 202-529-0165 or firstname.lastname@example.org *Referrals are recommended.
Available weekly Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am
Location: Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 1625 13th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Questions? Contact Pastor Jorge, 202-232-4490
Furniture is donated and in good condition, available on a first- come, first- served basis. No holds available.
Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday
Referrals are recommended.
No delivery - the recipient is responsible for transporting furniture
Location: Food PLUS Center, 3182 B Bladensburg Road, NE (located at the back of the building, turn right) Washington, DC 20018
Questions? Contact 202-529-0165 or email@example.com
All the above services are provided by Central Union Mission FREE of charge!
Please direct any questions about these services to Tracy Duncan, 202-745-7118, x260.