Mission Prepares for Freezing Temperatures and an Influx of Guests

Central Union Mission



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

Mission Prepares for Freezing Temperatures and an Influx of Guests


Washington, DC—December 22, 2022—As meteorologists call for freezing temperatures in the next few days, the thought of staying in a warm and cozy home for Christmas is exciting for most families in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Unfortunately, for our homeless brothers and sisters living on the street this holiday season, the potentially icy conditions are anything but ideal.

According to Mission President and CEO Joe Mettimano, “We’re blessed to be a safe haven for those who have no place to go when temperatures are too low for them to remain outside. We are expecting more guests at our shelter during the next several days because of the bad weather. During freezing emergencies, we put out extra mattresses and blankets to help more folks stay safe and warm.”

While the Mission prepares for an influx in guests due to the impending cold weather, they are also preparing to serve their traditional Christmas dinner to shelter guests on Sunday. Mr. Mettimano said, “Christmas is a pivotal time for those who are lonely and estranged from their families; they’re cold, hungry and sad. Our Christmas dinner offers small comforts for an especially difficult day and our compassion reminds people experiencing homelessness that we care about them.”

Our biggest concern and priority is the safety of the most vulnerable population during times like this. While others have the luxury of escaping the icy weather without a second thought, there’s an entire group of neighbors who are simply trying to survive.

If you or someone you know needs transportation to a hospital or shelter, call the D.C. hypothermia hotline at 202-399-7093. /span>


  • Mission resident interviews
  • Joseph J. Mettimano, President & CEO, Central Union Mission, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org for information.

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 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.



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