Heat Threatens Homeless Population – New Director Announces Hyperthermia Plans


August 29, 2018

Contact: Deborah Chambers
Senior Director of Strategic
Partnerships and Community Outreach
Cell: 202-534-9965

Heat Threatens Homeless Population 

New Director Announces Hyperthermia Plans   

Washington, DC—August 29, 2018–Central Union Mission’s new Executive Director Joseph Mettimano announced today that preventing heat stroke and exhaustion among those experiencing homelessness in DC is a priority this week. 

“Too much heat is just as dangerous as the cold winter weather,” he explains. “People on the street are often not conscious of the risks from heat exposure until they are ill because substance abuse or mental illness can compromise their body thermostats, their judgement, or keep them from responding properly.”

Central Union Mission provides a safe, clean, air-conditioned facility, not just for the night, but also during the day in its two “Day Rooms”—unusual hospitality not found at every shelter. With emergency mattresses on the floor, the shelter welcomes 25 extra guests each night; nutritious food and fluids protect them from dehydration. 


According to Mettimano, “While the rest of DC may be on summer vacation, Central Union Mission remains a safe haven for people experiencing homelessness. We are dedicated to serving our neighbors in need 365 days a year, 24/7.”

Mettimano started his service to Central Union Mission on August 6 as the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC begins its 135th year. “I am grateful and honored to serve with such an amazing organization and group of people,” stated Mettimano. “Washington is known as the hub of power, but it also is home to nearly 7,500 people living on the streets. With the help of our donors, volunteers and partners, I’m committed to changing this reality and showing the love of Christ to every person who walks through our doors.”

About Central Union Mission:

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with its homeless shelter located at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20001. In addition to its emergency shelter, the Mission operates Ready2Succeed, a rehabilitative and job training programs for men, a clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children and a ministry to families and senior citizens. 

GuideStar awarded Central Union Mission a 2018 Gold Seal for our financial transparency and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a 2018 Top-Rated award. 

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