Homeless Folks like Football Too


Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers
VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965


Homeless Folks like Football, Too
“Super Silent Bowl” twist this year

Washington, DC—February 2, 2020—People experiencing homelessness will be enjoying the big game and plenty of music on Sunday at Central Union Mission. Thanks to the help of volunteer Melvin Shirley, guests will enjoy a “silent” football party, wearing headphones to watch the game or enjoy music for a spontaneous dance party. Super Bowl LIV and pre-game entertainment will be shown on TV screens in the Mission’s dining hall and day rooms starting at 3:30 pm on Sunday, February 2.

Super Bowl

Melvin Shirley of the Government Printing Office, one of the Mission’s generous neighbors, is donating the headphones so the guests can experience the latest party trend.

The best part of the Super Bowl for many—the snacks—will continue all day long, thanks to volunteers like Allison McGill, founder of Lazarus, who along with a cadre of other volunteers is providing and serving game day necessities like wings, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and dip and donating a photo booth and door prizes. Thanks also to Coca-Cola Consolidated for donating 63 cases of assorted beverages for our guests’ refreshment and to Amazon for corn chips, salsa and decorations.

According to Mission President and CEO Joe Mettimano, “The Mission likes celebrating the Super Bowl because we think it contributes a bit of normalcy for our guests experiencing homelessness. Providing dignity and camaraderie helps give them confidence they need to start transforming their lives through the Mission’s education and employment programs.”

News media are invited to attend. RSVP requested. Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org for the schedule and other 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 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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