Central Union Mission

No one should live hungry and homeless

Washington, DC   |


Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC. In addition to its emergency shelter, which provides over 62,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates a holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development program for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center, which provides food for over 4,000 each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children. Our mission is to glorify God through proclaiming and teaching the gospel, leading people to Christ, developing disciples, and serving the needs of hurting people throughout the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area.

Ruling year info


President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Joseph J. Mettimano

Main address

65 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Central Union Mission is continually developing its programs to meet the changing needs of the community. Its programs serve homeless men, underprivileged women, children, seniors, families and veterans.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Men's Ministry

Central Union Mission’s Men’s Ministry programs not only provide for physical needs, we also give people the skills to return to their community successfully—restored knowing they have the educational, vocational and spiritual foundation to stand on their own.

Central Union Mission provided 62,843 bed-nights of shelter for men experiencing homelessness. Five employed men, graduates of Mission programs, live at our Lambert House transitional home. In addition to food, shelter and clothing, we provided 2,514 medical and dental exams.

The Restoration & Transformation Program helped 81 men rehab from life-consuming addictions, nurture their walk with Jesus, strengthen their abilities and determination and gain an accountability network, which included help from 5,808 counseling sessions.

The Workforce & Development Program provides job readiness training, which prepared 202 men for employment and personal responsibility. The Mission provided shelter residents and program participants 13,928 hours of instruction in English literacy, GED/high school diploma preparation and computer training.

Overall, the Mission found permanent housing for 52 program participants this year, and 106 gained successful employment outside the Mission.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Family Ministry Center provides food and clothing to approximately 4000 people per month (families, including many single mothers, grandparent care-givers and isolated senior citizens). We distribute groceries that provide over three million meals each year, and we provide computer training, legal aid, ESOL classes, Bible studies, life skills classes, services for senior citizens, parenting classes, baby showers, Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving supplies and more.

At the Family Ministry Center, besides providing 253,800 bags of groceries, Mission friends donated Operation Christmas Miracle presents for 2,200 children and new backpacks and back-to-school supplies for 480 students. Camp Bennett is undergoing renovations and will re-open with an updated program in 2020.

By the Numbers
The Family Ministry Center also ožers these wrap-around services for seniors and families:
• Clothing and household items shared: 54,015
• Alcoholics Anonymous participants: 832
• Furloughed federal employees’ families served grocery bags: 13
• Senior Fellowship luncheon guests: 250 each month
• Mothers hosted at the Baby Shower: 14; baby items donated: 700
• Thanksgiving turkeys distributed: 730
• Basic computer class graduates: 27; free computers awarded: 27
• Families receiving free legal counsel: 33
• English as a Second Language students: 43
• Family Literacy Book Club members: 22
• Prayer requests prayed for: 2,220
• New and re-dedicated followers of Christ: 11

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Top-Rated 2018

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Gold 2018

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Affiliations & memberships

Citygate Network 2022

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

One life at a time, the Mission works to help transform the area's toughest rehabilitation cases, including drug addicts, gang members, criminal offenders and the chronically homeless into productive members of society. The Mission's programs have an extremely high success rate at helping individuals overcome addiction and homelessness, and achieve independent living.

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with six locations throughout the Washington metropolitan area. In addition to its family ministries, the Mission operates an emergency shelter program, a rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, a food, clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children, programs for isolated seniors, computer and job training, and transitional and low-cost housing.

The Mission operates a Men's Shelter at 65 Massachusetts Ave, Washington DC 20001, the Family Ministry Center that provides food, clothing, toiletries and household items to local families in need, The Gospel Mission House, a 15-bed Transitional House for men graduating from one of the mission's programs, Lambert House, with 5 apartments for low-income families, Camp Bennett, a 220 acre retreat and conference center and our administrative offices at 2600 12th Street NE, Washington DC 20018. These facilities with the training and service programs allow us to serve the needs of our community.

Last year the Overnight Guest Ministry and Spiritual Transformation Program provided 58,899 nights of shelter and 6,448 counseling sessions and hospital or home visits. Together, both ministries distributed 29,964 pieces of clothing and served 245,778 nutritious meals at the shelter. At the Gales School men's shelter, the Mission serves 200 guests three hot meals a day.

The Spiritual Transformation Program welcomed 157 participants this year. Men's Ministry provided 1,770 appointments for eye exams, testing or private medical or legal consultations and 16,461 hours of instruction in English literacy, GED preparation and other skills. 51 Men's Ministry program participants found permanent housing this year, ans 88 were employed.

61 men and women were served in the Ready2Succeed Program: 31 in Ready2Work, 3 in Ready2Recycle and 27 in Ready2Cook (Mission Muffins and
the Culinary Training Program); 30 men in the Work Therapy Program (working and living at the Mission); 56 men in the Special Circumstances Transitional Program; and 20 men were housed in the Gospel Mission House transition home.

The Family Ministry Program was able to distribute $7,246,385 worth of food and $1,592,054 worth clothing, furniture and household goods. Through the Family Ministry Center, the Mission server or provided 3.435,415 meals for hungry men, women, families and children. 444 children received new back packs and 1350 children received Operation Christmas Miracle gift bags. Every month, senior citizens join us for a game of Bingo, a delicious lunch, an inspirational message and a bag full of groceries. 17 Seniors Luncheons were held in both English and Spanish, with an average of 250 attendees each month. Four families lived
in the Mission's Lambert House, our low-income housing facility.

Camp Bennett provided a week long camp experience for 335 children.


Central Union Mission

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Central Union Mission

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Deedee Collins

IBC Women’s Ministry Leadership Team

Term: 2021 - 2025

Board co-chair

Mr D.C. Washington

Michael J. Dennis

No Affiliation

Serge Duss

No Affiliation

DC Washington

No Affiliation

David Leach

No Affiliation

Gwen Traficant

No Affiliation

Pamela Roylance

No Affiliation

David Hazelton

John Yun

Senator Don Nickles

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/26/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.