Central Union Mission Preparing to Welcome More Guests Due to Impending Snowstorm


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Central Union Mission

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Deborah Chambers

VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965
dchambers@missiondc.org

Central Union Mission Preparing to Welcome More Guests Due to Impending Snowstorm


Washington, DC—January 28, 2022—As Washington, DC, continues to combat freezing temperatures this winter season, Central Union Mission is gearing up to provide shelter for our homeless neighbors who are looking for ways to escape the cold.

While most Washingtonians are stocking up on groceries and preparing for the impending snowstorm, that is projected to accumulate close to 6 inches of snow this weekend, the less fortunate are desperately searching for accommodations to both stay warm and preserve the few possessions they still own.

“People need to know that it’s dangerous—even deadly—to be outside in these temperatures,” commented Joseph Mettimano, Central Union Mission President & CEO. “The substance abuse or mental illness that put people on the street in the first place will also prevent them from seeking help. They might resist our concern, but regardless of their attitude, their rags and cardboard boxes are no match for this kind of cold.”

In addition to the 170 beds that are always offered, Central Union Mission is prepared to add as many as 25 extra beds during weather emergencies. Along with a safe sleeping space, guests are provided nutritious meals from a fully stocked pantry, hot showers and warm clothing.

If you see a homeless person outside in the cold, call DC’s Hypothermia Hotline: 1-800-535-7252. State the location and describe the clothing of that person, and the city’s hypothermia van will transport him or her to a warm shelter or a hospital, if necessary.

For more information about the Mission’s efforts during the cold emergency or to interview someone sheltering at the Mission, please contact Deborah Chambers at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org.

 
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 citizens. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission a three-star charity, 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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