Press Release: Health Fair offers free testing.



September 11, 2018

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

Cell: 202-534-9965

We Just Might Save Your Life!
Health Fair offers free testing   


Washington, DC—September 13, 2018—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is sponsoring a Community Breakfast and Health Fair at Central Union Mission with a 7:00 am program featuring remarks from CBCF President and CEO Shuanise Washington. Guests will enjoy a performance by the Sears Holdings Corporation Associate Gospel Choir.

According to Mission Executive Director Joe Mettimano, “Forewarned is forearmed, so we’re especially glad that our neighbors experiencing homelessness have an opportunity for preventative care. The Mission will help guests find the follow up they need, whether at the Mission’s in-house medical clinic or through other resources.”

Breakfast is served and program presented at 7:00 am, and the Health Fair runs from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Media are invited to this community event at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Set-up begins at 5:00 am.


We expect to serve 300 from our community—including neighbors experiencing homelessness without health care—for a nutritious breakfast, gifts and free health testing. Food is provided by Safeway, and free flu shots are donated by Walgreens.


Services and care providers onsite will include:

  • Barbers from Perfection Mobile Haircare
  • Prostate Education from Howard University Cancer Center
  • Glaucoma Screenings by Prevention of Blindness Society
  • Blood Pressure and Diabetes tests from Unity Health Care
  • Kidney Function tests from America Kidney Fund
  • Massage Therapy by MBK Massage Therapy
  • Flu Shots from Walgreens
  • Vision Screenings by Glaucoma Research Foundation

Central Union Mission is grateful for the organizations donating their time and expertise and for the Congressional Black Congress Foundation for taking the initiative. These services are an ideal opportunity to help people in ways they can’t help themselves. For example, a high blood pressure warning today will prevent needless damage and suffering.

Please contact Deborah Chambers,  at 202-534-9965 or to coordinate interviews.

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 food, 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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