What services do you offer?
We offer separate emergency shelters for men, for women, and for families; long-term recovery programs for men, women, and families; after-school and summer programs for youth; summer camp for kids ages 4-16; and three thrift stores.
Do people in your long-term recovery programs work?
Yes. Regular work assignments on Mission grounds help develop a positive work ethic and complete tasks that are vital to our daily operation.
Do you ever turn anyone away from emergency shelter?
We don’t turn a man away unless he becomes a danger to other guests. Our Hotline for the Homeless searches city shelters for placement of women and families, but sadly there are times when there is no shelter available.
Families & Youth
Who is served at the Family Center?
Single women, married couples, single parents, and relatives caring for children younger than 18.
How long can people stay at the Family Center?
First-time guests can stay up to thirty days. Returning guests can stay up to two weeks, with opportunity for extensions for all. If they enter recovery and discipleship programs, up to nine months.
What services do you provide for homeless or poor youth?
Vanderberg Youth Center offers children and teens life-skills classes, tutors, Bible studies, and recreational activities.
Why does City Union Mission have summer camping programs?
To help break the cycle of poverty or homelessness, as well as educate participants about living a life built around Jesus Christ.
What can my family do together for the Mission?
Bake cookies, create welcome bags, participate in Mission: Christmas, make inspirational or seasonal wall and table decorations, give financially, sponsor drives and collect items listed on our home page.
How can groups serve?
Underwrite costs for meals, schedule maintenance projects, serve at Mission events,
How can my family or group Share-A-Meal?
Are there ongoing volunteer opportunities available to work with clients?
Yes, there are! Click Here To View Our Current Opportunities.
How can I get started?
What can I do at Thanksgiving?
We distribute holiday baskets to about 350 needy families. Your monetary donations will help with this.
The Mission collects thousands of pounds of food for the low-income community, distributing holiday baskets to about 350 needy families at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our Christmas ministry helps make Christmas happen for hundreds of low-income or homeless individuals and families, nursing home residents, children at the Vanderberg Youth Center, and Jackson County Jail inmates, distributing more than 12,000 new items.