Media Release: January 27, 2017
City 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 year.” —Executive Director Dan Doty.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—With only four days left before the close of their biggest fundraiser of the year, City Union Mission officials are asking the community to be extra generous with their financial support. The Mission’s 2017 CELEBRATE HOPE; Reach Out to K.C.’s Poor and Homeless campaign began October 1 with a goal of raising $6 million in a four-month period ending Tuesday, January 31. As of today, the Mission has secured 92 percent of its goal – leaving close to $460,000 yet to come in.
The campaign seeks to raise a significant portion of the Mission’s annual operating budget to ensure the organization is prepared to care for the needs of Kansas City’s homeless and less fortunate in the winter months and throughout the year.
Contributions are used to provide basic necessities including food, shelter, clothing and medical services—along with counseling and long-term recovery programs, career-development and job-placement assistance—to hundreds of men, women and children each day who are battling addiction, have fallen on hard times or are victims of generational poverty.
Doty explains the community’s generosity and partnership are also especially important right now as the Mission seeks to expand their services. “As we grow our bed capacity and programs to care for homeless men struggling with aging, disability or mental illness through the opening of our L. Minor Care Center, we anticipate an increase in our daily operational expenses,” he said. “Proceeds from this campaign will help fund our expansion efforts in addition to supporting our existing recovery and outreach services and programs.”
Doty hopes that as Mission friends and partners become involved in activities of the new year, the needs of their hurting neighbors won’t take a back seat. “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 year.”
Those who would like to contribute toward the 2017 CELEBRATE HOPE: Reach Out to K.C.’s Poor and Homeless campaign can do so 24-hours a day at cityunionmission.org, where additional information on the Mission’s programs and services can also be found.
City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel
and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men,
women and children who are poor or homeless.