Mission to “Show Some Love” to Homeless Holiday Weekend Boosts Emotional Health

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Central Union Mission

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Deborah Chambers
VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965
dchambers@missiondc.org

Mission to “Show Some Love” to Homeless

Holiday Weekend Boosts Emotional Health

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Washington, DC—December 9, 2019—The winter holidays can be difficult times for many, but for people living on the street, Christmas can be a painful reminder of separation from family, poverty and failure. That is why from December 12 to December 14, 2019, Central Union Mission is hosting “Show Some Love” with concerts, makeovers, a Christmas party with gifts and a restorative Saturday brunch and Health Fair, all intended to boost the spirits and health of people experiencing homelessness.

The weekend begins on Thursday, December 12, with the Government Printing Office who will “Shoe Some Love” for our men by delivering donated shoes. In the evening, the Mission welcomes Capital City Symphony for a Christmas concert to inspire our guests.

Friday, December 13 starts with a noon concert presented by Brass of Peace, a student group sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra. After that, guest are offered haircuts, shaves, facials and manicures donated by area stylists and fresh clothes from the Mission haberdashery. Then, through the generous donations of Passport Auto Group, Amazon and other sponsors, the Mission will serve an elegant dinner for our overnight guests with Christmas presents for all.

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On Saturday, December 14, the Mission welcomes Oakland Baptist Church volunteers to host a warm, festive Christmas brunch, then from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Howard University Cancer Center will be holding a Health Fair for our homeless guests.

According to Mission Executive Director Joseph Mettimano, “What makes Show Some Love unique is that it impacts many aspects of our guests’ lives: spiritual, physical and emotional. Its purpose is to encourage a man to enter one of the Mission’s restoration programs and to help him overcome the trauma and depression that feeds into the cycle of homelessness. In the end, after we show we care about these men, we hope they will start to care about themselves.”

We are so grateful for our Show Some Love sponsors, including:
Ama’s Catering, Amazon, employees of Amtrak, Cabot Creamery Co-op, Capital City Symphony, Coca Cola Consolidated Bottling Co., DTLR, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Epworth Security System, Faith & Law, Giving with a Purpose, Hair Academy II, Howard University Cancer Center, Kiwanis Club of Far East, Brandon Maclin & friends, Mary Kay rep Linda Johnson Thomas, Paul Mitchell Schools, National Symphony Orchestra, Brass for Peace, Oakland Baptist Church, Passport Auto Group, Salem Baptist Church, The Silva Lining Foundation, U.S. Government Publishing Office

News media are invited to attend at any point during the event. RSVP requested. Please contact Deborah Chambers for the schedule at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org 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 almost 60,000 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. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission, 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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