Needs Met. Lives Transformed.

Serving Our City’s Homeless & Hurting

Since 1924, we’ve offered hope to men, women and children struggling with huge challenges. Homelessness. Addiction. Poverty.

We start by extending a welcoming hand and helping to meet their immediate needs – food, shelter, clothing.

From there, we offer them a new foundation for their lives through Christ – and life-changing programs that move them toward physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness.

Needs met. Lives transformed.

It’s only possible because of your support!

For those experiencing homelessness, Hope Lives Here

Men’s
Ministries

Men’s
Ministries

Men experience healing from their challenges & hope for their future.
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Family
Ministries

Family
Ministries

Single Women & families with children find the safety & support to rebuild their lives.
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Youth & Camp
Services

Youth & Camp
Services

Local kids explore the outdoors, learn new skills & grow spiritually.
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Community
Assistance

Community
Assistance

Families struggling in our community get their most pressing needs met.
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Vocational
Development

Vocational
Development

Guests develop job skills to help them find meaningful, stable employment.
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Make a Difference Now

Your generosity will help meet people’s immediate needs… and support them as they transform their lives through God’s love.
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Transformed Lives

“I came here looking for God and I found Him.”

Gregory is grateful & blessed this Thanksgiving because of your support. You’ve given him hope and new life this holiday!

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Transformed Lives

"I came here looking for God and I found Him."

Gregory is grateful & blessed this Thanksgiving because of your support. you’ve given him hope and new life this holiday!

How Your Support Makes a Difference

This past year, your gifts blessed the lives of those we serve in extraordinary ways! Thanks to you, thousands of men, women and children found help & hope here:​

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More Ways to Take Action

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Current Needs

Here are the food items & daily essentials we need most.

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Donate a Car

Give someone dignity and independence on their road to a better life.

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Employment Opportunities

Consider a career with a purpose!

News & Updates from the Mission

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“I didn’t want to feel anything. I was lost and hopeless…”

When Bobbie was 6 years old, her father abandoned her family, leaving her mother struggling to support their children. And when she couldn’t make ends meet, she gave them to other couples to care for. Read More »

Mission Christmas

Our Mission Christmas program helps thousands of income-qualified families and individuals enjoy the holidays. Family members can “shop” free…

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Let’s Get Social!

This afternoon, famous KC mural artist, Alexander Austin will unveil a painting he just finished for the Mission, to kick-off our 100-year Anniversary. 

It was a chance encounter at City Union Mission that lead to a job opportunity painting small signs on the sides of businesses. It was this meeting that launched Austin’s impressive career that has spanned more than 30 years and left an imprint on Kansas City. Some of Austin’s most notable works include the jazz legends in the 18th and Vine District, the Martin Luther King, Jr mural at Linwood Ave and Troost and the 18,000 square foot south facing walls of the Power and Light District. And of course, we can’t forget the ‘Journey of Hope’ mural on the wall inside our Christian Life Center, as well as the mural on the outside of the building.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page (https://business.facebook.com/cityunionmission) at 3:10pm this afternoon as we will be live-streaming the unveiling of the painting!
Christ Community Church - Downtown Campus invited a representative from the Mission to present for the H3 Men's Group ways they can be involved at the City Union Mission. The H3 Group packed 96 hygiene kits for those who they see on the street and some for the Mission to utilize as well. Thank you H3 Men's Group for wanting to make a difference in our city!
It appears that we have a gathering of snow-folk in the courtyard of our Christian Life Center. Nice to see that the men in our long-term program took full advantage of having some winter fun, bringing smiles to the faces of everyone who sees them! ❄❄❄⛄️⛄️⛄️
SCOR, in Leawood, wanted to coordinate a small service project to help re-engage their staff from their hybrid work model. They reached out to us asking if they could purchase and assemble hygiene kits. We had the opportunity to share about City Union Mission while they enjoyed lunch and assembled 54 kits for our guests. They also gifted snacks to us to be included in kits or used at upcoming events. We love when businesses come up with create ways to grow closer together while serving. Thank you SCOR!
Our relationship with Henderson Engineering dates back to over 40 years beginning with it's founder Francis Henderson. Today, our relationship continues with volunteer groups, gift-in-kind donations, and financial support through the Henderson Foundation. We are so grateful for their commitment to champion City Union Mission's community throughout the years.
Dr. Terry Megli, Chief Executive Officer at City Union Mission, is the guest on Episode 8.  What is the answer to the issue of homelessness in Kansas City?  One approach, that is not supported by City Union Mission, is a "housing first" approach.  Why doesn't that work, and if not housing first, then what's the answer? 

https://cityunionmission.org/stay-informed/hope-lives-here-podcast/
IPS (Integrated Project Services) wanted to help keep those in need warm this winter but they were not sure who to donate their coats to after they collected. They went to One Warm Coat and found City Union Mission as one of the charities near them. We are so grateful for their generosity since we have, on average, 230 individuals staying with us each night. Many are staying warm and receiving hope thanks to IPS.
Last week we had a very special visitor at our Women & Family Center.  7-year-old ZuZu delivered $42 in cash (including money her mom chipped in) that she collected when she opened a lemonade stand last Fall to help kids in need at City Union Mission. Last year ZuZu also donated a play kitchen to our kids/nursery activity room. This little girl had lots of questions about how we provide HELP and HOPE to those who come to the Mission and those homeless she sees on the street corners. Her compassion for others was evident through her questions and we are so thankful that the Lord is raising up another generation with such caring hearts. While they were here, ZuZu and her family were given a tour of our dining hall where those staying in the Family Center eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner like she does at her own home; and a bedroom where a family would stay while at our center. Several times ZuZu said that when she grows up she is going to work here.  She was presented a Willow Tree ‘Angel of Light’ figurine.  She truly is an ‘Angel of Light’, as she brightened the day of our staff with her visit!
We are very thankful about our newly found relationship with Apple Wholesale & Distribution. They provide products to convenience stores all across the metro. Recently, they had an excess of beverages and toilet paper, items we need all the time, and contacted us. Huge blessings! If you would like to donate your products or services to City Union Mission, please contact our Corporate Relations Manager at this email: karla.schuning@cityunionmission.org
Marvin and Adam both recently accomplished their HiSET high school equivalency, a fantastic accomplishment!  HiSET (comparable to GED) consists of 5 challenging tests, which must all be passed. A reception was held for them at the Mission so that staff and fellow program participants could congratulate them on their achievement.  Well done Marvin and Adam!
"Each week, as the Recovery Counselor at our Men's Shelter, I lead the 'Hour of Healing' Group. I share with the men that by bringing their pain to the Cross they can be healed. I share with them 1 Peter 5:6-7 and invite them to write down what they need to bring to the Cross and leave it there. I remind them the only way they can take it back is they have to go to the Cross and tell Jesus why He is not good enough to carry their pain. Each week when they come back to group, they don’t take their pain back—but rather they praise God for what He has done and is doing in their life." —Daniel Trout, Recovery Counselor, City Union Mission
Jaegers collected almost $800 worth of canned food for City Union Mission. That helps serve over 310 of our homeless and hurting friends. If you are looking for a great time playing laser tag or paintball, check them out https://www.jaegers.com/. If you bring in 2 cans of food, you could receive a discount and give back to your community at the same time. Thanks for helping feed the hungry!