City Union Mission Kicks Off Annual CELEBRATE HOPE Fundraising Campaign; Seeks Community Support to Meet $7 Million Goal
“This campaign is a tangible way people can take action and do something to impact
the lives of our hurting neighbors.”
—Chief Executive Officer Terry Megli
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—City Union Mission, one of the largest providers of homeless services in the metro area, kicked off their annual CELEBRATE HOPE campaign, October 1. This campaign seeks to raise $7 million—a significant portion of the Mission’s yearly operating budget—by January 31, 2021.
Chief Executive Officer Terry Megli sees no indication that the demand on their services will decline in 2021 and are preparing for an increase in requests for assistance. “Economic hardship, magnified by the Covid-19 crisis, lack of opportunity and affordable housing and other tragedies continue to jeopardize people in our community,” Megli said. “The need for food, shelter and life-transforming guidance remains ongoing and critical.”
Each day, the Mission provides safe refuge and life essentials for as many as 300 homeless men, women and children, and serves an average of 550 meals to shelter guests and hungry people from surrounding neighborhoods. Christ-centered recovery and spiritual guidance – along with adult education, career development and job placement assistance – are also provided for men and women longing to rebuild stable and productive lives.
The Mission accepts no funding that would compromise their faith-based principles, and relies solely on the support of individuals, churches, businesses and foundations to meet their annual campaign goal.
“We need the partnership of friends and supporters so we can continue to grow with the changing needs of the community and ensure that those who are poor, homeless or underserved throughout the metro area have the opportunity for a better life,” said Megli. “This campaign is a tangible way people can take action and do something to impact the lives of our hurting neighbors.”
Donations can be made online at cityunionmission.org or mailed to City Union Mission, P.O. Box 270107, Kansas City, MO 64127. All gifts received by December 31 are tax-deductible for 2020, and donations received by January 31, 2021, will be counted toward the campaign goal. “We are thankful for every gift – no matter how big or how small – because every dollar makes a difference in the hearts and lives of the guests we serve!” Megli said.
More information about City Union Mission’s full range of programs and services for homeless and struggling families and individuals or to make a donation, visit cityunionmission.org.
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.
City Union Mission— Loving those who need love most.