Celebrating Sweet Success for Innovative Job Training Program and Partnership

Central Union Mission



November 4, 2019

Contact: Deborah Chambers

VP, Development and Partnerships

Cell: 202-534-9965/p>

Celebrating Sweet Success

for Innovative Job Training Program and Partnership

WHAT: On Thursday, November 14th, Mission Muffins will celebrate three years of providing baking and sales training for formerly homeless men. Mission Muffins is a workforce development program of Central Union Mission. Enjoy free muffins and Mission Mud coffee, and hear from formerly homeless men whose lives have been transformed through the work of Mission Muffins and Central Union Mission.

Mission Muffins Food Truck

The Mission Muffins program, which utilizes a food truck purchased with a loan from the microenterprise program Breadcoin, is helping to provide job skills and a new outlook on life for formerly homeless or incarcerated men like Jerry Gill. Jerry’s 45 years in prison did not prepare him for outside life, but through Mission Muffins he is living independently in his own home. Mission Muffins accepts Breadcoin tokens for payment, which contributes to the community economy while providing dignified assistance for people who are living on the street.

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 8:00 -10:00 am.

WHERE: at the Mission Muffin food truck parked at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001


  • Mission Muffin creators, trainers and participants who are formerly homeless
  • Breadcoin creators and staff
  • Central Union Mission President & CEO Joseph Mettimano

WHY: According to Joe Mettimano, Mission president & CEO, “Mission Muffins has been transformative for many formerly homeless people. It provides both job training and amazing baked goods and coffee for passersby and office meetings, as well as for remote sites like food fairs and churches. But the end goal of Mission Muffins—preparing formerly homeless people for a bright future—is sweeter than any of its delicious baked goods.”

PHOTO and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES available with Mission Muffin employees, Central Union Mission staff and Breadcoin executives. Please contact Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org.

About Mission Muffins:

Mission Muffins is a training program that helps equip homeless, unemployed people for the job market with baking, retail, marketing and business skills. During the training period, the Mission works with local businesses and agencies to find graduates permanent employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. Employees live and eat at the Mission at no cost and save their wages for permanent housing.

About Breadcoin:

The Breadcoin network is a community’s response to hunger. It brings together those with food and those without; investors and businesses in need; local nonprofits and likeminded community businesses; vendors and new customers. Breadcoins are tokens that can be redeemed for food at participating vendors. By accepting Breadcoins as payment for their products, local vendors can receive microloans to improve their businesses. Not only do Breadcoin tokens give neighbors a compassionate non-monetary way to help hungry people, the Breadcoin microloans help build our local economy and enhance DC small businesses.

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 almost 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates a holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development program for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission, GuideStar awarded Central Union Mission a Gold Seal for our financial transparency and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a Top-Rated award.


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