For the third year in a row, Heartland Chevrolet in Liberty has organized a community collection of meal bags for our Mission Christmas Delivery Day! This year the community outpouring of generosity provided 576 much needed meal bags to complete our needs. Thank you Heartland Chevrolet and the community for caring for the poor and the homeless!
More than 250 guests in our Christian Life Program and Men's Center enjoyed a traditional Christmas celebration including a worship service and a dinner of turkey and all the fixings. We are so grateful to Graceway Church, who not only covered the cost of the food, but volunteers from the congregation also decorated the dining room, and served the meal while offering compassion and encouragement to our guests. The holiday season can be especially tough for men who are struggling with the challenges of being homeless. This annual Christmas dinner is a way to remind those staying in the Mission’s shelter of better times in their lives and to let them know they are respected and loved. Thank you Graceway!
City Union Mission has been needing to upgrade an aging forklift for it's warehouse. The request was submitted for budget consideration. The Mission development department heard and began to think of ways to secure this expensive piece of equipment. The previous owners of our 8th Street warehouse building was Shoppa's Mid America, a forklift sales and service company. They have helped the Mission with fundraising efforts previously. So the request was sent to Shoppa's leadership team and yesterday the Mission received a very nice, totally refurbished forklift! What a huge blessing! Thank you so much Shoppa's!
Olive Garden brightened the smiles of our guests when they came to serve their delicious food at our Men's Center today. They served not only the homeless men, but the Mission staff as well! Often times our guests feel alone, depressed and without hope during the Christmas season, so having a group show they care, as Olive Garden has done, can be such an encouragement to them. Our guests were treated with the utmost love and compassion while receiving their meals. We thank district manager, Ron Rivera, and the Olive Garden crew for sharing their time, food and love again this year with all of us at the Mission!
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends at Allied National. This year they are providing more than ever by giving 54 meal bags, boxes of Christmas gifts, and more. Thank you from City Union Mission to the associates of Allied National.
Giving the Basics has been a friend of the Mission for over 6 years now, providing hygiene products and more to our guests on a monthly basis. We appreciate you blessing City Union Mission with these much needed donations. Thank you for the great work you do for us and others in our community!