Media Advisory: Honoring Those Who Served

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers

VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965

Honoring Those Who Served
Veterans Account for 11% of Homeless Adults in the U.S.


WHAT: On Thursday, November 11, Central Union Mission Men’s Ministry team welcomes all veterans to our Veteran’s Day commemoration for a free luncheon and program at our men’s shelter (65 Massachusetts Ave., NW). Join homeless veterans, veteran volunteers, partner organizations, donors, staff and our neighbors as we honor and acknowledge their contribution to our nation. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation is donating care packages to the current veteran Mission residents.
WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.
WHERE: Central Union Mission’s men’s shelter at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
WHO: Program participants include Keynote Speaker Colonel Sylvester Brown, Academic Executive Officer at U.S. Army War College, as well as the welcome by Central Union Mission, President & CEO Joseph Mettimano. Four Mission residents will be honored during the program:

  • Richard Albee: US Navy, 1982-1986 (Boatswain’s Mate)
  • Paul Brown: Marine, 1964-1969 (2714 Dietary Unit)
  • Stephen Hall: Marine, 1984-1991 (2571 Forward Observer)
  • Aaron Johnson: US Army, 1994 (Delta Communications)

A thank you to our veteran donors at the Safeway Foundation, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

WHY: “Veterans Day is an important date on our calendar,” explains Central Union Mission President & CEO Joseph Mettimano. “According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, statistically one in five of our male homeless guests has served in the military. We honor their service today in a world that doesn’t always show them respect.” The Mission offers vets the help they need to return to productive society.
Media is invited to attend, and veterans will be available for interviews. RSVP requested. Please contact Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or 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 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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