Since 1998, Central Union Mission has undertaken a major outreach initiative to poor and low-income Hispanic families. The Mission's Hispanic Family Program began with two women in a Bible study. Today, the program impacts more than 500 families.
The program provides English language instruction, GED preparation, health consultations, vocational support, and valuable services such as food, clothing, furniture and distribution.
As Washington area neighborhoods are increasingly attracting Hispanic immigrants, the need for hope and neighborhood stability could not be greater. Hispanic Family programs provide immediate aid and long-term training to enable families to improve their financial situations.
Along with assisting individuals, the program also works with Hispanic pastors in the Washington area to reinforce their efforts and open new doors for ministry.
Hispanic Family programs are intertwined with the Mission's other services and programs. The program provides Spanish-language support for many of the mission's regular services such as food services, furniture and clothing distribution, and social work. Hispanic children and families also participate in programs such as Camp Bennett , a 1-week residential summer camp for
inner-city children, Operation Backpack that gives new backpacks and school supplies to children in need, and the Operation Christmas Miracle program that provides new clothing and toys for children.