City Union Mission Brings Healing and Hope to Homeless Suffering with Mental Health Disorders
“The Mission is one of the only ministries in our area equipped to serve this vulnerable population.”
—Amanda Greene, L. Minor Care Center Administrator
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Mental illness is growing at a staggering rate in our country. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) reports that in the United States, one out of every five adults struggle with a mental disorder in a given year. Even more troubling, NIMH reveals that 55 percent of adults with a mental disorder received no treatment. A majority of the homeless population is part of these disturbing mental health statistics. Of the more than 580,000 who experienced homelessness on any given night in 2020, one in five had a severe mental illness. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month this May, City Union Mission commits to be a part of the solution to the mental health crisis among the homeless population.
“Homeless individuals with mental illness face many barriers to obtaining adequate and consistent care,” said Amanda Greene, L. Minor Care Center Administrator. “Many lack documentation and medical history, transportation to medical appointments and health insurance. The stress, anxiety and isolation of homelessness only exacerbate their mental illness and can further impair their ability to think clearly and logically. As a result, many have chosen to self-medicate using illicit drugs or alcohol when proper medical treatment isn’t accessible.”
City Union Mission is standing in the gap to provide hope and healing for their guests with mental disorders through their L. Minor Care Center. The Mission’s L. Minor Care Center offers safe shelter in a secure environment for as many as 35 homeless men who are challenged with managing their mental illness, disabilities, or vulnerabilities related to age or other circumstances. The ministry connects guests struggling with mental illness to accessible health care providers, offers individualized case management and affords a holistic environment during their treatment and recovery in an effort to share the hope of Christ that their current situation can improve and help transition them into independent living.
“The Mission is one of the only ministries in our area equipped to serve this vulnerable population,” said Greene. “That’s why it’s vital that we advocate for their wellbeing and educate our staff, partners and community how best to care for these individuals to help move them toward recovery and true healing.”
To learn more about City Union Mission’s ministry’s comprehensive programs and services for the homeless and hurting, or how local ministries, civic groups or other organizations can help raise awareness about mental health disorders in our community, 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.