Mission Prepares for Impending Heat Wave

Central Union Mission



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

Mission Prepares for Impending Heat Wave

Washington, DC—July 21, 2022— As heat emergencies are declared across the region, city officials have recommended that residents remain indoors with a functioning air-condition or enjoy a pool with cool water to endure the present heatwave. Unfortunately, those options are not accessible to the thousands of homeless citizens who will be seeking both relief and shelter as temperatures continue to rise.

According to Mission President and CEO Joe Mettimano, “We’re pleased to be a service provider for DC’s hyperthermia program, and we’ll be expecting dozens of more guests this weekend. During heat emergencies we put down extra mattresses to help more neighbors stay safe and hydrated.”

As the Mission prepares for an influx in residents due to the unprecedented heat, the community is reminded that Central Union Mission provides a safe space not just for the night but also during the day when residents gather to watch TV, play games or just simply relax in the two day rooms at the shelter.

“Our biggest concern and priority is the safety of the most vulnerable population during times like this. While others have the luxury of escaping the heat without a second thought, there’s an entire group of citizens who are simply trying to survive,” said Mettimano. “Even though our funding drops dramatically during the summer, we are dedicated to serving our neighbors in need.”

DC government advises that hot and humid conditions can cause medical problems such as heat exhaustion and stroke. If you or someone you know needs transportation to a cooling center—or if you see someone suffering or unconscious on the street—call the hyperthermia hotline at 202-399-7093.

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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