Make a Call; Save a Life – Cold Emergency Compounded by Snow




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Make a Call; Save a Life
Cold Emergency Compounded by Snow

Washington, DC—January 12, 2019—Central Union Mission makes room for more than 20 extra men to help the city during DC’s hypothermia and snow emergencies. “People need to know that it’s dangerous—even deadly—to be outside in these temperatures,” commented Joe Mettimano, Central Union Mission president. “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 the fact is their rags and cardboard boxes are no match for this kind of weather.”

If you see a homeless person outside today, call DC’s Hypothermia Hotline: 202-399-7093. 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.

Since the District is required to provide shelter for anyone that needs it during weather that has below freezing wind chills between November 1 and March 31, the cold temperatures and snow storm have put our preparations in high gear. Central Union Mission’s usual capacity is 170, but we have mattresses for 20 more men during weather emergencies. Along with a safe sleeping space, our guests are provided nutritious meals, hot showers and clean, warm clothing. Central Union Mission’s services are funded by private donors who care about the homeless in Washington, DC.

Regardless of the weather, the Mission shelter is open 24/7. During the snow storm, Mission staff and people experiencing homelessness will be available for photos and interviews.

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 over 62,000 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. 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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