Central Union Mission Receives Grant Award from Disabled Veterans National Foundation


Contact: Lillian Prince
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Phone: 240-432-5937
Central Union Mission Receives Grant Award
from Disabled Veterans National Foundation
Washington, DC (July 2023) — Central Union Mission is honored to receive a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $18,000 which will help veterans who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and unemployment. The Mission provides emergency support, rehabilitative services, long-term job training, and employment placement to help veterans in our care realize their potential.
 “We gratefully acknowledge veterans’ contribution to our nation and stand by the adage “no man left behind,” as we honor the dignity of each person we help, ensure that their basic needs are met, and support them in their journey to rebuild their lives,” said Central Union Mission President & CEO Joseph Mettimano. 
Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt.Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said, “The work at Central Union Mission is vital to the veterans in Washington, DC who are in crisis. DVNF is proud to continue our partnership with Central Union Mission and fund the important work they do to assist veterans through job training and rehabilitation services.”
For the past several years, DVNF, in partnership with Central Union Mission, has provided job counseling and brand-new suits to veterans in our shelter who attend DVNF’s resource fair for veterans. DVNF CEO Joe VanFonda led virtual workshops for Central Union Mission on Grief, Loss and Suicide Prevention. DVNF has also distributed Comfort Kits to veterans who attended the Mission’s Veterans Day celebrations.
About Central Union Mission:
Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC. In addition to its emergency shelter, which provides more than 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development programs for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4,000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizensCharity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission a four-star charity, Candid awarded Central Union Mission a Gold Seal for our financial transparency and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a Top-Rated award.
About the Disabled Veterans National Foundation:
Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.
DVNF achieves this mission by:
  •  Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community and educating the public accordingly.
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