Press Advisory – New Executive Director Challenges K2 Epidemic




August 1, 2018

Contact: Deborah Chambers
Senior Director of Strategic
Partnerships and Community Outreach

Cell: 202-534-9965

New Executive Director
Challenges K2 Epidemic

WHO:      Joseph J. Mettimano, Central Union Mission’s new executive director, and homeless men affected by synthetic drugs.

WHAT:     On his first day on the job, Joe Mettimano will host a Town Hall meeting to hear about the impact of synthetic drugs on Overnight Guests and Mission program participants both on the streets and in their families.

WHEN:    Monday, August 6, 2018, 3:00 pm; dinner service at 5:00 pm.

WHERE:  Central Union Mission shelter (65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001)

WHY:     Nearly three hundred people in DC were taken to hospitals from overdoses in just a ten-day period in July, three times as many as the entire month of July 2017. LSD, Ecstasy and Meth are familiar synthetic demons, but the new crop of drugs like K2 or Spice are a special threat because they are made of unknown combinations of powerful drugs, many of which have deadly consequences.

At the Town Hall, Mettimano will also announce an upcoming K2 informational session for our guests, neighbors and volunteers about identifying synthetic drugs, their bizarre effects on users and how to help someone under the influence.


  • Joseph J. Mettimano, executive director, Central Union Mission
  • Homeless residents and Mission program participants recovering from drug abuse
  • Homeless residents enjoying dinner served by Mission volunteers

Media are invited. To attend, please contact Deborah Chambers, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Outreach, at 202-534-9965 or

About Central Union Mission:

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with its homeless shelter located at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20001. In addition to its emergency shelter program, the Mission operates rehabilitative and job training programs for men, a clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children and a ministry to families and senior citizens.

GuideStar awarded Central Union Mission a 2018 Gold Seal for our financial transparency and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a 2018 Top-Rated award.


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