PR – Mission Suits Up Well-Dressed Men

Central Union Mission



Contact: Deborah Chambers

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

Mission Suits Up Well-Dressed Men

Many Thanks to Area Donors

Washington, DC—October 11, 2019—Today Central Union Mission gratefully accepted 250 men’s suits collected by Advanced Advocacy, which were donated by congressmen, senators, lobbyists and other DC professionals. The suits were then dry-cleaned through a generous donation by the International Franchise Association.

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 and the International Franchise Association, our program graduates can approach their job interviews with confidence, equipped to display their new competence and skills.”

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Erica Farage of International Franchise Association commented, “Locally-owned franchise businesses give back to every community in America. The International Franchise Association is proud to partner with our dry-cleaning member businesses and numerous Capitol Hill offices from both sides of the aisle to contribute suits to help Central Union Mission’s important work.”

According to Andrew Kovalcin of Advanced Advocacy, “Supporting the local community, and helping those who need it most, is rooted in our core values. The September Charity Suit Drive is a way to provide a hand up to the men of Central Union Mission who are on a path of progress. These business suit donations, made possible by the generous contributions of others, provide a lasting impact to those who are committed to their own restoration and transformation.”

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 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.

For example, Khotso Tswaedi arrived at the Mission with one dollar in his pocket and an alcohol addiction. Through his determination and hard work–and with the help of the Mission’s programs—Khotso now has a full-time job with benefits and an apartment. He is working in the parts shipping and receiving department at BMW Passport Auto in Maryland. Passport Auto is a premier partner of Central Union Mission and provided this opportunity.

For interviews and photos, please contact Deborah Chambers, VP, Development & Partnerships, at 202-534-9965 or

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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