• 2017 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 1 Junior 1 & Tot Lot 1 -  We had a great week at Junior 1 camp and Tot Lot! The weather was beautiful with just a few well-timed thunderstorms. At Big Camp, kids enjoyed a full week of camp activities, including boating, pool and lake swimming, making s’mores, shooting sling-shots, trail hikes, fishing, and crafts. The boys of Pin Oak Left were […]
  • Super Bowl Sunday Brings Fellowship and Fun to City Union Mission Homeless Guests and Program Participants - Media Release:   February 3, 2017Super Bowl Sunday Brings Fellowship and Fun to City Union MissionHomeless Guests and Program ParticipantsKANSAS CITY, Mo.—On Sunday, February 5, City Union Mission will host a special viewing of the Super Bowl game for an estimated 250 guests in their men’s emergency shelter for guests and participants of their long-term Christian […]
  • City Union Mission Requests Final Push to Meet $6 Million Campaign Goal - Media Release:   January 27, 2017City Union Mission Requests Final Push to Meet $6 Million Campaign Goal “I have every ounce of faith in God and this community that we’ll close the gap before the campaign deadline on January 31.  What happens in the next few days will impact our ability to serve our neighbors throughout the […]
  • 2016 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 4 Pre-Teen 2 & Tot Lot 4 - It was a good week at camp.  Not always easy, and certainly hot, but definitely good.Tot Lot campers enjoyed a princess tea party (girls) and a heroic quest (boys), a carnival with prizes, and jumping into the swimming pool…gasp!…with their clothes on!  They also basked in the love of the caring staff for a week. […]
  • 2016 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 2 Pre-Teen 1 & Tot Lot 2 - It’s a good thing God has plans that we don’t know about! We started the week of Pre-teen 1 short staffed especially in the kitchen and on craft staff. Many have pitched in and filled the gaps and gone above and beyond their job descriptions! The unity of our staff at Big Camp and Tot […]
  • 2016 City Camp Wk 5: Road Trip - Road Trip!  When I think of summer, one of the things I think about is rolling down the road in my car with the windows down, listening to some music, and enjoying the journey as mile marker signs pass by. Whether it’s a short journey or a long one, no doubt, I love a good […]
  • 2016 City Camp Wk 4: National Park - The theme for week 4 of City Camp took us to National Parks. We explored through our education and reading time some really interesting things about the great outdoors. We learned about sled dogs and how they work together in teams under harsh conditions and perform in unison to do amazing things. We also got […]
  • 2016 City Camp Wk 3: This and That Week - Sometimes, you just need a break from the normal routine.  ‘This and That Week’ was a breath of fresh air in the midst of the summer.  Normally our campers go through rotations of reading, devotions, recreation and a team time every morning. Afternoons are also scheduled out and full of routine.  But, this week, we […]
  • 2016 City Camp Wk 2: Reflecting - Today was anything but easy. My to do list is longer now than I have time for in the next week. Our kids were on the wild side. They behaved poorly. They hurt others. They hurt us. If I’m honest, it just wasn’t our best day ever. And if you saw our weary faces, saw […]
  • 2016 City Camp Wk 1: Monster Rally - 2016 City Camp Wk 1:  Monster RallyThis year, we kicked off City Camp by rallying all our little monsters for a fun filled week of devotions, crafts, fun games, reading, swimming and a trip to Concourse Park. During devotions we learned that there is a monster in disguise (Satan) who wants to lure us away from […]
  • 2015 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 6 – Teen Boys - Camp CUMCITO – Week 6 – Teen BoysThe first things the boys participated in at camp were skilled activities such as archery, fire building, canoeing and craftsmanship, followed by a time to cool off in the pool where the dunking wars started! After dinner the boys were refueled to tackle rock climbing, basketball and the […]
  • 2015 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 5 – Junior2 - Camp CUMCITO – Week 5 – Junior2At camp a staff member was asked to sit with a small girl that was having behavior problems in the chapel service. The camper squirmed in the pew, sliding all the way down where she couldn’t even see the teacher at the front. The volunteer tried to encourage the […]
  • 2015 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 4 – PreTeen2 - Camp CUMCITO – Week 4 – PreTeen2This was the 2nd Pre-Teen camp this summer, and although the kids get a little bit more tired, there is also an excitement in the air – it’s almost time for the carnival! There have been a lot of friendships formed and friendships strengthened, and knowing camp is coming […]
  • 2015 Camp CUMCITO – Tornado! – A Camp Volunteer Reflection - Camp CUMCITO – Tornado! – A Camp Volunteer ReflectionWe knew a storm was headed our way last Wednesday, what is now a night for the camp history books. Staff were watching the radar and following the weather alerts so we would be ready. The decision was made to start chapel early so everyone would be […]
  • 2015 City Camp Update! – Wk 3 - City Camp Update! – Week 3Game Show Week:  Thank You Jesus For Our Sins…The only price that is right is the one that Jesus paid on the cross.  That is true yesterday today and tomorrow.  When it comes to City Camp, that’s the message that we hope our campers hear day in and day out.  […]
  • 2015 Camp CUMCITO – Wk 2 – PreTeen1 - Camp CUMCITO – Week 2 – PreTeen1At Pre-Teen camp, our purpose statement is: To guide campers through rites of passage as they grapple with their personal ownership of decisions (sin, forgiveness, salvation, character, behavior, etc.) and their understanding of how God values people, affecting the value we place on others and ourselves and affecting our […]
  • 2015 Camp CUMCITO – A Visitor – A Camp Volunteer Reflection - Camp CUMCITO – A Visitor – A Camp Volunteer ReflectionMy husband and I have volunteered at Camp CUMCITO for a number of years. We always leave camp talking excitedly about the next year, even as we replay some of the hard or funny aspects of the week together. In looking forward to this summer, I […]
  • 2015 City Camp Update! — Week 1 - City Camp Update! — Week 1If you asked our campers what they like most about City Camp, many would say swimming, some would say recreation time, others might say meal time, and some might say devotions. All of these are important elements to our City Camp and to our campers. The kickoff week of City […]
  • From the Heart of the Homeless – My Mission Journey - From the Heart of the Homeless – My Mission Journey In 2010 I lost my job as a result of a back problem that was causing me to miss a lot of work. My finances went from good to bad and I lost all of my own property and my place to live. I made […]
  • What kind of believer are you? - In this world where everyone does what is right in his/her own eyes, how are we supposed to live? Do we live by our standards? Do we live by the world’s standards? Do our standards and the world’s match each other? Do we live by biblical standards? Are we driven by the culture in which […]
  • The Intern Life – ‘More Than A Soup Kitchen’ - Most of the time when people think of City Union Mission they think of providing meals and shelter for the Kansas City homeless. Well, I’m here to set the record straight, the Mission is indeed ‘More Than A Soup Kitchen’. It’s hard to understand a rescue mission when you aren’t clear on what all it […]
  • Camp CUMCITO Week 3 – Pre-Teen 2 - This past week at Camp CUMCITO, the campers partook in their first and most popular activity, LUNCH! Then they got set-up in their cabins, were able to go swimming and just relax. After dinner was the ‘Great Race’, which is a competition between cabins that involves several fun activities. Outdoor activities included: swimming (lessons and […]
  • The Intern Life – Camp CUMCITO - A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Camp CUMCITO (City Union Mission Camp In The Ozarks) in Warsaw, Missouri. In the beginning of my internship I learned all about the history of City Union Mission and how these 1,000 acres of land were originally purchased for Opportunity Farm. This extension of the […]
  • Camp CUMCITO Week 2 – Teen Girls - The girls arrived to camp at noon on Monday in very hot, muggy weather.  That night a storm raced in and blew away the lingering humidity and replaced it with a cool breeze. A wonderful analogy for what appears outwardly in the hearts of unwary teen girl campers! After the initial chaos of arrival, unsure […]
  • The Intern Life - Growing up in the middle-class suburbs of Arizona is a world away from the inner city of Kansas City. It is a culture of wannabe Californians, hipsters, long boards, tan skin and the stereotype that pools are in every backyard. After graduation I was blessed with the opportunity to go out of state to Kansas State […]
  • City Camp – Week 3 -   Under The Sea Although it was toasty outside, city camp was resting easy under the sea. This week they not only learned about different creatures that live in the ocean, but they were able to learn about and discuss stories about Moses, and Jesus calming the storm. It had been really interesting and fun […]
  • Tot Lot – Week 1 - Searching for Treasure Tot Lot camp began with Morning   Sing, where everyone got a chance to stretch and wake up before breakfast. After time to play on the playground, campers heard a Bible Story, sang songs to learn memory verses, and participated in craft time. In the Bible Story time, the campers learned about the […]
  • Camp CUMCITO – Week 1 – PreTeen - Unshakable Value On Sunday afternoon camp staff arrived to anxiously set up and complete on-site training in preparation for the week ahead. Buses loaded with excited campers arrived at noon. After lunch and cabin assignments, the kids settled into an afternoon of swimming and getting acquainted with their cabins and one another. First, they have […]
  • City Camp – Week 2 - Heroes In this week the children are learning all about heroes and what it means to be a hero. The crew leaders use examples from fire fighters and policemen to doctors and the military, but they focus on showing the kids that Jesus is their number one hero. Another topic the kids   are learning about […]
  • City Camp – Week 1 - Sports Week As the first week of City Camp went smoothly, the staff was reminded that by trusting in the Lord they could not be shaken. Nothing could go wrong that He would not have been able to help them with and the Lord blessed them with a first week of no hiccups. This is […]
  • From the Heart of the Homeless – ‘Lord Jesus Christ’ - Submitted by Garrick Gray, a member of the Christian Life Program at City Union Mission L – is the love that you show O – is the opportunity that you provide R – is the rejoicing that I do D – is the death the you went through J – is the joy that you […]
  • Step by Step - The following is a sequence of thoughts that some men might undergo when at the Mission and involved in its programs: 1.  There is no God and I hate Christians. 2.  There is no God and I tolerate some Christians. 3.  There is no God but I can respect Christians who respect others. 4.  There […]
  • Glimmer Of Hope - Sometimes it seems there is no way out. There is nothing that can be done. How can there be hope for a better tomorrow when all logic says it’s impossible. What can a young man do when he has been trying for 3 years to grow beyond his deeply troubled past and debilitating health issues? […]
  • Hope and a Future - He said,  “I’m looking for a trustworthy man; someone who I can count on to run the front desk of my hotel.  I don’t care if he’s been down but . . . ,” the man’s voice  trailed off.  He wanted to give a man a chance but he was concerned; he had a business […]
  • From Shame to Safe - So a sharp looking man comes to my office, a young man in his early 30’s. He’s fit, muscular, trim – a stud. I envy him. He is winsome, likeable, and well-respected by both Christian Live Program (CLP) clients and staff. It’s his 4th time to be a part of the CLP recovery program – […]
  • Beautiful, Inside and Out - Since being here at the Mission, my heart has been touched in so many ways. In particular, I remember last year when a volunteer from Mary Kay Cosmetics came to do makeovers on our women clients in preparation for the annual ‘Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City’ luncheon.  It was amazing to see […]
  • Encouragement - I have great hope for the men in the Christian Life Program (CLP) and want nothing but great things for them.  The men are very respectful to me, which gives me great joy when I arrive each day. This morning was a pretty tough one for me.  I prayed and asked God to just get […]
  • The Transforming Power of Christ - I have a wonderful Christian brother who was what the Bible would label as a drunk–he used both alcohol and drugs to satisfy his desire for something more. What he was then, is not what he is now, and what he is now, is not what he will be. However, the story begins with what […]
  • Functions of the Body - We are a part of the body of Christ, given a deep responsibility to help those who are desperate and hurting, who need the love of Christ which we have the honor of sharing. It is a deep trust given by our Lord and Savior, and one that I hold dearly. Therefore, as believers, He […]
  • City Camp Week 10 – Imagination - We were excited to still have an average of 70 kids and youth joining us for the last week of City Camp 2013!  Staff, interns, and campers were all exhausted by the time we said goodbye to the summer and sent kids back into their schools.  The week was full of cheers, hugs, and sad […]
  • City Camp Week 9 – Legacy Camp & Explore KC - The ninth week of City Camp was as full as ever.  With the 12-17 year olds participating in a week long fine arts camp, the younger children got to spend the week exploring the city that they live in.  These children got to enjoy feeding the goats at Deanna Rose Farms, making their own money […]
  • City Camp Week 8 – Sports Week - Attention ladies and gentlemen:  City Camp has rounded third base and is heading for the home stretch!  Week eight, Sports week, sprung into action in a big way.  When we say big, we don’t mean in the sense of numbers.  All the younger students were away at Camp CUMCITO, leaving just the oldest of our bunch at […]
  • City Camp Week 4 – Texas Week - This week looked different than most weeks because we had a volunteer group from Tyler, Texas lead City Camp. High schoolers and staff from One-Ten Student Ministries at Green Acres Baptist Church(http://www.gabc.org/students) came and sponsored the entire week. They planned the activities, provided all the supplies, and arranged the field trips. The theme was Noah’s […]
  • A Basketball Challenge - A couple of years ago some young men on the program really loved playing basketball and the bragging and boasting (playfully) started and the challenge was given to staff to take on the program members. Mind you, the staff, though experienced, are not young anymore but took the challenge. We had some exciting 4 on […]
  • City Camp Week 7 – Let’s Roll! - Campers got to learn about ways to get from one place to another during our Transportation Week. It was a fun week with all our campers and staff back in the city after time at Camp CUMCITO. From feet to trains, we packed the week with all kinds of activities and field trips. We started […]
  • City Camp Week 6 – Go West! - During our Wild West week, July 8-12th, we had to make a difficult decision. Due to several factors, we didn’t have enough staff to provide City Camp to all of the campers. We were, however, able to run our program for a small group of campers whose parents were counting on us to care for […]
  • No Condemnation in Christ - For years I lived with shame that I couldn’t understand. Growing up, I was constantly pushed to “do better” in most everything I did. Not much changed when I was gloriously saved in 2004. I always felt pressured to do more and more, try harder, and whatever other way you wanted to say it. When […]
  • City Camp Week 5 – Party Time! - This past week was the week of the Fourth of July. So it was quite fitting for the theme to be “Party in the U.S.A.” It was a fun week that provided a lot of opportunities for the kids to learn more about our Country and the freedom we have been blessed with. We also […]
  • City Camp Week 3 – Animal Sounds - Last week’s theme was animal week. It was really fun to see the creativity the kids have when making animals masks out of detergent bottles and making animals to hang on the wall in the class room. The animal theme allowed the kids to learn more about the awesome creation that God has surrounded us with […]
  • Mission Guest and Staff Assist a Stranded Student - Kezia, a college student from a community college in Concordia, Kansas, was stranded at Greyhound Bus Station.  Carlton, a long time City Union Mission guest, led her to the Mission .  He was afraid that thieves or rapists may attack her if she remained on the streets. KCI lost Kezia’s luggage, and her flight was […]
  • City Camp Week 2 – Stuff happens, but God is bigger than ‘stuff’! - It’s fitting that last week was survivor week because we were forced to deal with crisis after crisis this week. We found out that one of our busses was going to be out of commission for the week. Our food order for lunches came in late one day leaving us with no food for the […]
  • City Camp – Week 1 City Camp is Back! - Week one at City Camp was a ton of fun! We have 15 interns hanging with us this summer working to share the hope of the Gospel with the campers God has brought into our care. Many of the campers we have built ongoing relationships with don’t get out of school until next week so we had […]
  • Long-term Program Men Retreat to Warsaw, MO - Every year, the Christian Life Program takes two retreats to the Mission’s property in rural Warsaw, Missouri.  The retreats provide a time of relaxation and learning, where the men on the program can interact with staff and with each other in a more informal setting.  From softball games to team-building exercises to fishing on the […]
  • “You’ve got to help me. I can’t do this” - One of the men on the recovery program recently stepped into my office and spoke my name. When I turned around to face him, I immediately saw that he was crying. He said, “You’ve got to help me. I can’t do this.” This is his third time to try the program. He never got very […]
  • Field Trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum hosted a field trip in March for the men in our Christian Life Program and they had an incredible time!  The history represented in this building is captivating and thought-provoking as individuals not only revel in America’s favorite past-time and learn about some incredible athletes that many people are not […]
  • A Handy Tool for Understanding the Events of Holy Week - CHRONOLOGY OF THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE CRUCIFIXION & RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS Note:  Jewish days began at sunset (6 pm) – thus, a Jewish Friday begins at 6 pm (our Thursday evening) and ends at 6 pm the following day, whereas our days are from midnight to midnight. SATURDAY – Day before […]
  • Worship - On Tuesday and Thursday of every week the members of the Christian Life Program gather in the Multipurpose room of the CLC and spend time in worship to our Lord and God.  It is a very simple meeting with some singing and praying, yet it has become a highlight of the men’s activities.  At 7 […]
  • A Special Thank You for Mission: Christmas 2012 - As another Christmas Distribution Day wound down on Monday December 24th, I was reflecting on all the work that went into making that day so successful.  It took months of careful planning, diligent scheduling, daily execution of the plans, and of course all of the volunteers who gave their time to help qualify each of […]
  • A Little Girl’s Christmas Gift Wish Answered - Today, at the Mission’s Christmas Store I was blessed to witness God answering a young girl’s specific Christmas gift wish.  Peggy Ramsey, Family Center Administrative Assistant, was on a quest at our Christmas Store to find the donated gifts that would best fit the wish list of our VYC kids (Vanderberg Youth Center). One little girl […]
  • A Card Game Opens Door for Discussion - A few days ago the Men’s Shelter staff approached ‘Carl’, a man in the day room who was playing a card game that had strong demonic emphasis. The gentleman became very upset that he couldn’t play his game and demanded to speak with me, the Shelter Administrator. The next day he came into my office and […]
  • A Tradition of Dysfunction - My life growing up was full of dysfunction. Life was more about learning from others mistakes, than about leading by example. My grandmother and mother were both pregnant by 16, and my brother and I were both expecting our first children by age 16. I often told my kids the same thing that my mother […]
  • One Who Came Back To Say “Gracias” - Though staff and volunteers who work in Community Assistance love to assist the women and families we serve, during the busy holiday season the numbers of clients we see can be very draining. Among those we serve are Latino families and women who often speak very little English. We are thankful for bilingual volunteers and […]
  • Marriage and Family, Repaired and Restored - My family and I walked into the Mission on June 1, 2012. On that day I was so confused and upset that life had brought us to this low of a point. Today, about 4-½ months later, I realize that the best thing for me and my family was to come to the City Union Mission […]
  • Christian Life Program – Fall Retreat 2012 - This last Wednesday evening through Saturday afternoon, approximately 25 clients from the City and Farm Christian Life Programs participated in a retreat at the Mission’s camp facilities in Warsaw, Missouri. The topic for the retreat was “How to biblically handle our emotions”, covering topics such as guilt and shame, sufferings and trials, depression, fear and […]
  • A typical day as Shelter Manager… - A typical day as Family Shelter Manager at City Union Mission begins with setting up for the busiest time of the day. Making morning wake up calls to our guests, distributing medications, catching up on my emails and making sure chores are done. I’m the only Shelter Manager in the morning so I have to […]
  • Encountering a Beautiful Captivating God together! - For 50 days the Vanderberg Youth Center halls were filled with the joyful hum that comes from City Camp, but on August 10th the hum was somewhat bittersweet. That’s the day we said goodbye. We said goodbye to 16 interns, 85 campers and City Camp 2012. As 4:00 pm rolled around and parents started picking […]
  • City Camp Week 10 – Celebrate City Camp! - For our final week of City Camp this summer, we celebrated by doing some of our favorite things and just having fun. We had an average of 75 kids each day and served 882 child meals. A huge thanks to the Vivion Road YMCA and Sherwood Bible Church for letting us swim again this week. […]
  • City Camp Week 8 – Night At the Museum - This week we used themes from the movie ‘Night at the Museum’: pilots, dinosaurs, cowboys, Egypt, and others. Campers made airplanes, dinosaurs, pyramids, and a special treat — homemade ice cream! The highlights of the week were swimming, of course, at the Vivion Road YMCA and Sherwood Bible Church, visiting the Kansas City Museum, and […]
  • City Camp Week 9 – Heros - What a fun and busy week! Campers enjoyed learning what it means to be a hero, visiting real-life heroes, and finding out more about our ultimate Hero, Jesus. Thanks to the Kansas City Fire Department for bringing their fire trucks by to let the kids check them out and for letting us come tour the […]
  • City Camp Week 7 – Extreme Weather - This past week we took a break from the hot, dry weather we’ve had and talked about snow, rain, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. We had about 70 campers join us each day and they learned that God is all-powerful as we talked about stories in the Bible when God has used the weather to show […]
  • City Camp Week 6 – Leaving a Legacy - Our friends from Legacy Ministries in Wichita, KS shared a week of music and arts with our campers for the third year in a row, and the kids loved it! Our average this week was 87 campers per day. They each had opportunities for lots of fun and creativity in their classes, including: guitar, jewelry […]
  • City Camp Week 5 – Christmas in July - Campers were surprised to come in on Monday morning and find the Youth Center decorated for Christmas! An average of 85 kids joined us each day for the festivities: decorating Christmas trees, listening to Christmas stories, making gingerbread houses, and learning about the real meaning of Christmas—celebrating the birth of Jesus, our Savior. The weather was hot, […]
  • City Camp Week 4 – Celebrating the Olympic Games - This past week the theme was Olympics, and who was here to join us, but the youth group from Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas!!! THANKS ONE TEN YOUTH GROUP!!!! We stayed busy with dance parties, scavenger hunts, roller skating at River Roll, getting creative at Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope, swimming at CoCo Key Water Resort and […]
  • Learning to Live by Faith - Before I came to City Union Mission, my life was pretty normal… or so I thought. My time was spent one day at a time—no plans, no future goals, just me and the kids taking it one day at a time. September 5th, 1991, was the day I arrived in Kansas City, Missouri from Havana, […]
  • City Camp Week 3 – Around the World - The third week of City Camp was no less exciting than the first two. We had our highest attendance so far—85 children joined us on Friday! This week we learned about the Great Commission and God’s love for the nations. The campers did an awesome job of memorizing and performing Matthew 28:19-20. The kids learned […]
  • Churches for Clients - Within the Christian Life Program we have several key parts to restoring men to wholeness in the Lord.  We spend great sums of time in teaching the scriptures, in counseling, in helping them manage their legal issues, physical and mental health issues and in building relationships in the Christian community. The Christian community and their […]
  • Family Center staff shares of special moments with clients & volunteers — - (From Grace) A guest came into the office to tell me her testimony. It is normal to hear her voice goes in and out when she speaks and she also suffers from severe anxiety. She was sharing with me how good God had been to her, but every time He lifts her up, she tries to go it on […]
  • City Camp Week 2 – Gone Fishin’ - This past week was another fantastic week at City Camp! Nearly 80 kids joined us each day for our under the sea adventure. Campers spent the week learning that God is powerful and Jesus is the only hope we have. They stepped up to the challenge to learn their memory verse for the week (Micah […]
  • City Camp Week 1 – To Infinity and Beyond! - What an awesome week! We kicked off the summer with an average of 70 campers each day. It was Outer Space week and the campers learned that God is big, He’s the Creator, and He loves us. We served about 95 lunches every day! This year we offered breakfast also and the majority of our […]
  • I Made it Home - Early on a Thursday morning I drove North on Troost and as I neared the City Union Mission I passed a client who recognized me and we waved.  I pulled into the parking lot and once I was parked and heading toward the Men’s Center I heard, “Hey Gary, hey Gary!”.   I stopped and waited while the […]
  • From the Son of One Whose Life Was Changed - We are sharing with you a letter from the son of one of our recent graduates, Johnny Allen (see previous post).  It is lengthy, but such a tribute to what God can do in a person’s life to bring positive change, healing and hope, not only to the individual, but also to their family.  We are grateful to John […]
  • CLP Commencement Interview with Johnny Allen - In coming to the commencement of their Christian Life Program (CLP) experience, staff seeks input from graduates to help us assess the program.  The following are some of the answers from Johnny, at his CLP Commencement Interview. 1.  What brought you to City Union Mission?  Why or how is it you came to be at the Farm […]
  • God Has a Plan - A co-worker and I went to court in Warrensburg, Missouri last Monday to witness on behalf of a client, currently in our Christian Life Program. We sat through all the court cases only to find out that my client, whom we were there for, was being held over until the following week to see a […]
  • Volunteer Project Leader Position Available - City Union Mission is seeking a volunteer to serve as the Volunteer Project Leader. This volunteer will lead, organize, and direct volunteer groups working on various projects through out the mission. The projects range from cleaning to construction to retail training. This person must: 1. be a Christian who is able to share the Gospel, […]
  • Society’s Landfill - When I start investigating a purchase, I will definitely consider buying something that isn’t new. I’ll buy it if it is previously used, but I want it to be in “gently-used” condition. I don’t want something that has taken serious abuse during its lifetime. I want to know that I am not inheriting someone else’s […]
  • A Day Trip for the Guys at Opportunity Farm - On Good Friday, April 6, 2012, the program participants at the Mission’s Opportunity Farm in Warsaw went to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton, Missouri for a day trip.  We wanted to share with you a few of their comments. “It was a pretty neat place with an old burned out castle, lots of […]
  • On To A New Endeavor - Alfred and Johanna Horstman are the first couple that I processed as High Impact Volunteers. Since May 11, 2010 they have served together as Learning Center Academic Assistants in our Christian Learning Center. Both of them volunteer on Tuesday evenings and assist the LC Supervisor in multifaceted exercises to improve and enhance the reading, writing, […]
  • Ministering to the homeless as we also seek growth and edification for ourselves — - Not wanting to shock everyone who looks upon the City Union Mission as hyper-spiritual, but the staff at the Mission are people just like every local congregation has.  The amazing thing is that all of us come here pretty clear that God has called us to this ministry and fully engaged to minister to the needs […]
  • Negative vs Positive - I have had both negative and positive responses to my living in a shelter. I would be walking down the street and someone would come up to me and want to know if I had any spare change because they are hungry due to the fact they are homeless. When I would tell them I […]
  • Sewing Groups Bless our Guests - We have wonderful volunteers who participate in sewing groups at their churches to sew for our guests at the Mission. One of the many hand sewn items we receive are women’s dresses. Recently, two of the happy recipients showed off their new dresses. Thanks so much to the talented seamstresses at Lenexa Baptist Church and […]
  • Work Injury Leads Volunteer to the Mission - Mark Green began volunteering at City Union Mission in October of last year.  He had sustained a work related injury to his fingers that September and had subsequent surgery to mend them. When Mark began to feel well enough to be up and about, he told his employer he didn’t want to just sit at […]
  • Volunteer Chaplain Receives Certification - On January 30, 2012, the United Association of Clinical Chaplains and Counselors International, conferred upon  Howard McFarland, one of our volunteer Chapel Speakers, the professional title of Licensed Clinical Professional in Addictions Recovery/Biblical Counselor – Minister. Dr. McFarland received this honor upon his completion of all course work and supervision required by the Division of Professional […]
  • The Toy - As children we played, in all the fun we had made. Though it be dirt, our elders thought more work. For what you do, Heavenly Father, thank you, for playing as my younger brother, Grasping something out of nothing, forming miracles into everything. Not of a toy that we shared, Set up and stolen on a dare. […]
  • “You helped me turn my life around and I can’t say thanks enough.” - We were blessed to visit with a past client, Merrill, recently.  This young man did not complete the Christian Life Program here at Opportunity Farm.  He actually was released from the program twice.  He served some time in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and yet because of the impact the program had on him, he […]
  • Sometimes We All Need a Refresher! - Because of my position at City Union Mission I had the opportunity to remain in contact with a graduate named Eric, who was really struggling.  He kept coming around and God allowed me to minister to him physically by helping him get money for a bus pass and some medication he needed.  God also used […]
  • My Road to Recovery - All these years my addictions have been thinking for me. Now, all that is left is the shadow of what had been controlling me. I have been down some rough roads, through hard times and I have made some unhealthy choices and mistakes along the way. I have see that mistakes are for learning, not […]
  • Hope is Ageless - It’s true; the City Union Mission is where men, women, and children go when there is no where else to go.  But, the Mission is so much more. We don’t want anyone who comes through our doors to return to a life of homelessness and hopelessness. One of the ways we make this assertion come […]
  • The Price of Change - I meet men every day who regret the choices they have made in their lives. Some of these men are in their middle years whose lives are in shambles. As a counselor, I hear their stories of opportunities squandered and bridges burned. My heart aches for these men. I seek wisdom from God’s Word and […]
  • Homeless…and Job Hunting - Looking for employment is extremely hard when you are homeless. The reality is that trying to do anything while homeless is difficult, no matter how small the task. There are a variety of hardships that interfere with the process of job hunting while homeless. Some of these are: the shadow of depression, undeniable anxiety, tunnel […]