Relief & Restoration Program

What Is the Relief & Restoration Program?

The Relief & Restoration Program (R & R) is designed to provide a community where needy, broken families and individuals have access to free resources that provide relief from such burdens. Our goal is to restore the hurting, hungry and lost community to being better, living wiser, knowing Jesus Christ. In addition to free food and clothing, the R & R program provides pastoral counsel, encouragement and prayer, an on-site social worker to help with special circumstances, and special events throughout the year. Everyone is required to join the program for access to resources twice a month. The R&R program is a Christian program offered Mon-Thurs, every other week. On those weeks, Wednesdays and Thursdays mornings the program will be in Spanish. The 45-minute program could include the following:

  • General Announcements
  • Birthday/Holiday celebrations
  • Training in Life Skills (How to handle money, how to prepare nutritious meals, job readiness, help for those experiencing domestic violence, etc.)
  • Testimonies of change
  • Brief Christian devotional/prayer
  • Afterwards participants may receive clothing and groceries for free!

 

Membership Registration

To become a member, a participant must meet certain income requirements. These requirements will be based on the poverty guidelines set forth by the federal government. To become a member, please bring with you the following required registration information:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Proof of Income (dated within the last 6 months–year)
  3. Proof of Residency (lease or utility bill)
  4. Social Security Card

 

Program Calendar

Once you become a member, follow our monthly program calendar to visit bi-weekly on your assigned day.

 

Emergency Assistance (Guests/Nonmembers)

The Family Ministry Center provides emergency assistance for guests (nonmembers) weekly from Monday-Thursday, 2:30pm–4:00pm, on a daily limit basis or while supplies last. Guests are issued a temporary Guest Card, good for (6) months or (3) visits, whichever comes first. After expiration/use, guests may recertify or join the R & R program. With a Guest Card, guests may shop for clothing and receive food bags once a month, but do not qualify for any special give-a-ways. In order to receive a Guest Card, guests must provide a photo ID and referral form on (or before) the day of their visit to the center. The referral must be from a legit agency and dated within 2 weeks of intended visit.

If you are currently in need of assistance outside of FMC operating hours, please contact the Hunger Lifeline at (202) 644-9807 (Monday-Friday 9am–5pm) or visit the Food Bank Network Website or DC Food Finder Website to search for services such as food, healthcare, housing, and job training. If you are in need of furniture, contact A Wider Circle at (301) 608-3504.

 

Questions?

All the above services are provided by Central Union Mission free of charge! Please direct any questions about these services to the Family Ministry Center at (202) 745-7118, x500.

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