Media Advisory: Mission to “Show Some Love” to Homeless




December 10, 2018

Contact: Deborah Chambers
Senior Director of Strategic
Partnerships and Community Outreach

Cell: 202-534-9965

Mission to “Show Some Love” to Homeless

Holiday Weekend to Boost Emotional Health

WHAT: The holidays can take a toll on people experiencing homelessness. That’s why the Mission’s fourth annual Show Some Love Christmas event from December 13-15 now offers encouragement for the mind, spirit and body.

Shelter guests will be treated to an inspirational Christmas concert presented by the Capital City Symphony and free haircuts, shaves, manicures and fresh clothing. An elegant meal created and donated by generous sponsors will brighten spirits. Shelter guests are also invited to a health fair sponsored by Amerigroup with free information and medical testing.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 7:00 pm: Capital City Symphony performs
Friday, Dec. 14, 1:00 pm: men’s makeovers start
                           5:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Show Some Love dinner and E-Boogie, comedian
Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:00 am: Health Fair

WHERE: Central Union Mission men’s shelter (65 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001)

WHO: We are so grateful for our Show Some Love sponsors, including: Amerigroup, employees of Amtrak, Chris McDaniel with @perfection Mobile Haircare Service, James L. Brown with Saxophonic Praise, Capital City Symphony, Cassady & Co. Independent Wealth Management, Chef Horatio Davis, EBoogie (Eric Demeche Wade), Fourk’d catering, Chef Jamie Gadson, Google, Hard Rock Café, MLK Deli, NCTA—The Internet and Television Association, Passport Auto Group and The Pinkston Group.

WHY: According to Mission Executive Director Joe Mettimano, “The purpose of Show Some Love is to encourage our ‘overnight guests’ and provide hope and confidence so they will take a next step toward wholeness—by participating in a Mission transformation program. We are grateful for how the community stepped up to sponsor this life-changing weekend.”


  • Chef Jamie Gadson, Yum Couture
  • Chef Horatio Davis, Capital Hill Crab Cakes
  • Joseph J. Mettimano, executive director, Central Union Mission
  • Sponsors and volunteers serving meals and helping Mission guests
  • Central Union Mission program participants and overnight guests

Media are invited. Please contact Deborah Chambers, senior director of strategic partnerships and community outreach, at 202-534-9965 or

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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