City Union Mission Fast Facts

  • City Union Mission’s doors are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • City Union Mission offers half of the emergency shelter beds in downtown Kansas City, with a men’s shelter and a women’s/family shelter.
  • City Union Mission does not receive government funding; we rely completely on support from individuals, businesses, foundations, organizations and churches.
  • City Union Mission’s doors opened Sept. 15, 1924.
  • City Union Mission is the only shelter in Kansas City with infirmary beds for those who are ill or injured.
  • City Union Mission operates the Hotline for the Homeless, which allows the homeless to call a single number to find available shelter in the area.
  • City Union Mission prevents homelessness through community assistance, such as assisting community clients with bills, school supplies, clothing, food, and holiday projects.
  • City Union Mission hosts a camp in the Ozarks, CAMP CUMCITO, for 500 low-income children during the summer.
  • City Union Mission holds after-school programs for low-income children, including tutoring and activities.
  • City Union Mission offers Learning Centers at the Men’s Center and Family Center that assist guests with building résumés, obtaining GEDs, SAT preparation, tutoring, and more.

City Union Mission works to assist clients achieve these goals:

  • Live in permanent, affordable and safe housing within one year
  • Earn sufficient income and build a budget plan to meet needs and pay off debt
  • Learn and exhibit responsibility for available resources, such as property
  • Complete education and/or job training
  • Establish healthy relationships in the family, the church and the community
  • Identify and make changes in attitude and personal attributes, such as honesty and responsibility
  • Identify self-destructive addictions and work through realistic recovery plans