Mission Suits Up Well-Dressed Men – Many Thanks to Advanced Advocacy

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers

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

Mission Suits Up Well-Dressed Men

Many Thanks to Advanced Advocacy


Washington, DC—November 19, 2020—Today Central Union Mission gratefully accepted 160 men’s suits and 130 dress shirts collected and dry cleaned by Advanced Advocacy, which were donated by congressmen, senators, lobbyists and other DC professionals. 2020 marks the fourth year of our partnership with Advanced Advocacy and their continued commitment to the DC community.

With social distanced delivery, Advanced Advocacy brings clothing critical for job interviews.

According to Joe Mettimano, Mission president & CEO, “We all know that it takes more than clothes to make a man—but the right clothes can certainly help. Because of Advanced Advocacy, our program graduates can approach their job interviews with confidence, equipped to display their new competence and skills.”

According to Andrew Kovalcin of Advanced Advocacy, “We remain committed to making a difference in people’s lives who are making the journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Over the past four years, we have provided over 750 mens business suits in an effort to eliminate barriers for people entering or re-entering the workforce. The continued success of the annual suit drive shows that even a small company, combined with the help and donations of others, can make a big difference in someone’s life and our community.”

Beyond the core services of nutritious food and safe, clean beds, Central Union Mission offers several life-changing programs for men. The Restoration & Transformation Program helps them overcome addictions, reconcile with family, study the Bible and take responsibility for their attitudes and actions. Men can also join the Workforce Development & Education Program, which offers employment readiness training and soft skills, actual hands-on, wage-earning work in a mentored setting and finally placement in an outside job and independent living situation.

Stephen Hall is just one example. He has always stood by the values he learned in the Marines: “to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other.” But, after numerous personal challenges, he came to the Mission seeking help applying that code to himself. After 18 months of intensive programs, classes, addiction recovery, workforce development and a restoration of his dignity and faith, Stephen is successfully rebuilding his life—and his relationships with his three daughters whom he reared as a single father.

Today, Stephen lives in his own place. He is employed at the Mission as the front desk supervisor where his professionalism, leadership abilities and work ethic shaped by the military make him an excellent role model to others who are reaching out for help.

For interviews and photos, please contact 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 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.

About Advanced Advocacy:

Advanced Advocacy is an independent advocacy and public affairs firm that specializes in issue campaigns, coalition management, third parties and alliances, grassroots activation and community engagement.


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