Mission Offers Help for Furloughed Federal Employees



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

Mission Offers Help for
Furloughed Federal Employees


Washington, DC—January 21, 2019—Central Union Mission invites furloughed federal employees in need of food to visit our Family Ministry Center (3194-B Bladensburg Rd., NE, Washington, DC), Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Groceries will be available while supplies last through our Emergency Referral Program. People seeking assistance must bring a government-issued I.D. and agency work badge/ID. Families affected by SNAP shortages can show their food stamp card and I.D. For more information contact Family Ministry (202) 745-7118 ext 500 or email: FamilyMinistry@missiondc.org

According to Mission President Joseph Mettimano, “People can fall on hard times for a variety of reasons, including a government shutdown. Whatever the reason, the Mission is committed to helping our neighbors in need.”

While many furloughed employees likely will not need this kind of assistance, some families connected to the federal workforce may live paycheck-to-paycheck, so any disruption of income can create hardship. There are approximately 364,000 federal employees in the DC area.

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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