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

Central Union Mission



December 5, 2019

Contact: Deborah Chambers

VP, Development and Partnerships
Cell: 202-534-9965

Mission to “Show Some Love” to Homeless

Holiday Weekend Boosts Emotional Health


WHAT: The holidays can take a toll on people experiencing homelessness. That’s why Central Union Mission’s Mission’s fifth annual Show Some Love Christmas event from December 12-14, 2019 now offers encouragement for the mind, spirit and body.

Shelter guests will be treated to fresh, clean shoes and an inspirational Christmas concert presented by the Capital City Symphony. Then they can enjoy 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 festive brunch and health fair with free medical testing.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:00 am: Shoe Some Love for the Homeless
shoe distribution by the U.S. Government Publishing Office
7:00 pm: Capital City Symphony performs Christmas concert

Friday, Dec. 13, 1:00 pm: men’s makeovers start
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Show Some Love dinner and gift distribution

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:00 am: Christmas brunch prepared and sponsored by Oakland Baptist Church
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Health Fair sponsored by Howard University Cancer Center

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:
Ama’s Catering,
employees of Amtrak, Cabot Creamery Co-op,
Capital City Symphony,
Coca Cola Consolidated Bottling Co.,
DTLR, 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, Oakland Baptist Church, Passport Auto Group, Salem Baptist Church, The Silva Lining Foundation, U.S. Government Publishing Office

WHY: According to Mission President & CEO 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 is stepping up to sponsor this life-changing weekend.”


  • 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 Rev. Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.org.

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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