COVID-19 Relief and Information

The Mission’s Response to Covid-19

The coronavirus emergency has changed life for all of us in many new and unsettling ways. In the midst of this upheaval, Central Union Mission stands firm. We are committed to continuing to serve lost and hurting souls in our community—no matter what challenges we face.

The Coronavirus is a serious threat to people experiencing homelessness.

Central Union Mission has been serving the homeless and poor in Washington, DC, for 135 years, and we remain open and fully operational during this crisis.

  • We continue to shelter the homeless and feed the hungry.
  • Our shelter is at capacity every night (170 beds). Providing beds, showers, three meals a day, and other services such as dental, medical and psychological care.
  • Our Family Ministry Center continues to distribute food to low-income men, women and children….including single-moms and senior citizens.
  • We are taking all reasonable precautions to try to mitigate the spread of the virus. It is important to prevent it from getting into our shelter…our guests are especially vulnerable to infection.
  • In addition to standard protocols, such as an active campaign around hand-washing and not touching the face, we are cleaning all hand-surfaces, such as door knobs, railings and fixtures several times a day.
  • We have taken an additional crucial step by checking the body temperature of our overnight guests every day during check-in. If they have a temperature or other symptoms, we are sending them out for medical attention.
  • We also are screening our staff for temperature and symptoms.
  • For now, we have temporarily stopped all volunteer activity, for the safety of our guests and our volunteers.
  • We rely on donated food from grocery stores and other outlets, but there has been a noticeable decline in those donations.
  • We are concerned about the impact this crisis will have on financial support, as well.
  • We are in good spirits and have faith in God to get us through this challenging time.

What our service looks like will no doubt evolve as the emergency continues to unfold and health guidelines and local restrictions are updated.

Because friends like you support this work so generously, we will be ready to adapt.

COVID-19 News Coverage

April 1, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic creating more challenges for those who are homeless

Maya Rodriguez | Scripps Media, Inc

March 20, 2020

President & CEO Joseph Mettimanio

NBC4 News at 6

March 20, 2020

Cities struggle to protect vulnerable homeless populations as coronavirus spreads

Marissa J. Lang, Justin Wm. Moyer and Nitasha Tiku | The Washington Post

March 18, 2020

Maryland, Virginia see jump in coronavirus cases

Rick Massimo | WTOP

March 15, 2020

For the homeless, temperature checks and bag lunches

Tara Bahrampour | The Washington Post

March 14, 2020

DC service organizations to stay open amid coronavirus-related closures

AVI BAJPAI, BEN COOPER | Street Sense Media



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