Central Union Mission (Central Union Mission, 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 4000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens.

The 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.

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 achieving independent living.

Central Union Mission serves hurting people throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. We serve homeless men, families living in poverty, children from at-risk neighborhoods and the growing Hispanic population in the city.

Gospel Rescue Ministries (GRM) at 810 5th St., Washington, DC, 2600 12th Street NE, Washington, DC, and 512 I Street NW, Washington, DC, is no longer in operation; it closed and its programs ended in 2014.Central Union Mission is carrying on some of GRM’s work including: Men’s homeless shelter https://www.missiondc.org/need-help/
Ready To Work employment program https://missiondc.org/what-we-do/mens-ministry/workforce/
Drug rehab and mental health services https://www.missiondc.org/what-we-do/mens-ministry/
Food, clothing and housewares https://www.missiondc.org/what-we-do/family-programs/
Lambert House – five apartment units for occupancy by low-income families.
GRM’s funeral flowers program, women’s shelter, bi-polar clinic and senior assisted living home are no longer operational.


Ready2Cook offers two options for culinary-minded students: Mission Muffins Mission Muffins is a bakery run by homeless employees, who bake, market, sell and deliver delicious baked goods. Employees...
Service Category: Work
Service Eligibility: Homeless Men/Boys

Food Assistance

Families and individuals rely on the Mission’s food assistance program in emergencies and as a steady source of food. In partnership with individuals, corporations and churches, the Mission distrib...
Required Document: Photo ID,Proof of Address
Service Category: Food

Operation Christmas Miracle

The Christmas season is upon us and the children in the DC metropolitan area need to know they are not forgotten. Help children and families who are struggling financially experience love, laughter, a...
Service Category: Goods
Service Eligibility: Families

Extended Support Program

Extended Support Program participants struggle with mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or physical impairment and are without family or other caretakers. Individuals are deemed eligible based on...
Service Category: Work
Service Eligibility: Homeless Men/Boys

Medical Services - Central Union Mission

Staying healthy is hard when you are living on the streets, and keeping your teeth clean is nearly impossible. After coming through our doors, homeless people learn that the Mission offers free medic...
Service Eligibility: Health Conditions

Work Program

An additional work program the Mission offers, provides assistance to men who are currently employed full-time but have no place to live. They receive a reserved bed for 90 days initially and are requ...
Service Category: Work
Service Eligibility: Homeless Men/Boys

Short-term Residential

The Special Circumstances Program assists those who do not qualify for other Central Union Mission programs but are in need of short-term residential services and support. Participants must be involve...
Service Eligibility: Homeless Men/Boys Housing Status Gender

Operation Backpack

Remember going back to school as a child with all your new supplies & backpack, maybe even your Trapper Keeper! That excitement is what children all over Washington D.C. will be experiencing in just a...
Service Category: Goods
Service Eligibility: Families
Camp Bennett
20530 Camp Bennett Court Brookville MD 20833
Family Ministry Center
Central Union Emergency Shelter
Administrative Office
6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale MD 20737
Lambert House
1733 T Street SE Washington DC 20001
Central Union Mailing Address
P.O. Box 96763 Washington DC 20090

Our Ready2Succeed workforce development programs provide valuable training, job experience and references, as well as the opportunity to earn and save wages for permanent housing. Participants no longer struggle with life-altering addictions or behavior and are motivated to achieve independent employment. For more information download the Men’s Ministry Brochure.


Associated Services:
Men's Ministry

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