Thanksgiving’s a Highlight of Mission Year



November 21, 2016 

Contact: Deborah
Cell: 202-534-9965

Thanksgiving’s a Highlight of Mission Year


Washington, DC – For Thursday, November 24, 2016, Central Union Mission is preparing to serve more than 2500 Thanksgiving meals to hungry and homeless people and families in Washington, DC, with the help of over 300 volunteers!  Compassionate friends will be helping cook, setting tables, hosting and waiting tables for our two Thanksgiving seatings at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm, as well as making sandwiches for those on the street and preparing the Mission for Christmas. 

Thanksgiving 2015
Last year’s lovely weather provided the opportunity to make one long table of hospitality for our guests in the middle of G Street, right outside the Mission’s doors.   

In addition to turkey with all the traditional trimmings, Overnight Guests will enjoy Bold Vanilla and Banana Bourbon Caramel ice cream
donated by Victoria Lai, owner of Ice Cream Jubilee, one of Food & Wine magazine’s  best ice cream spots in the country. All of the Thanksgiving food is purchased or donated by private friends, churches, offices and other groups. 

According to Mission Executive Director David Treadwell, “This is really the most important holiday of the year for Central Union Mission. Hospitality is what we do best, and there’s a reason for that: We believe “hope begins with a meal.’  Some pumpkin pie might be all it takes to encourage a street person into a place where he can decide to renovate his life.”   While we hope for the same pleasant weather we had in 2015, we continue to be grateful for all the generous gifts and help that make this event possible. 

Media are invited to attend. Please contact Deborah Chambers at 202-534-9965 cell or to coordinate interviews with Mission, guests, volunteers and staff.

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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.

Charity Navigator awarded Central Union Mission four out of a possible four stars, which indicates that Central Union MCharity Navigator Four Star Charityission adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.  Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator.



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