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Mission Satement “Don’t give up on God because he hasn’t given up on you” — Miss Inez
Give “They opened the doors to me here and began to piece me back together again.” — Ron For over 100 years The Union Mission Ministries has served the poor and homeless in our community. We are seeing more people coming to us for help every day, dramatically increasing the need for food and services. Will you help us meet the ever growing need?
When you choose to give a monthly gift to The Union Mission Ministries you are helping us continue to meet the needs of the hurting and homeless. Every day, more and more people come to our doors seeking help. Your monthly gift will make a real difference, the gift that continues to give.
Give Through Your Will
Leaving a legacy to future generations is a rewarding and noble act. The best way to make a charitable bequest depends on your assets, family considerations and charitable interests. There are many ways you can leave a charitable gift and at the same time provide for the future of your family and loved ones. Some include giving a specific amount or specific property or a percentage of your assets. Future earning capabilities should be considered as well as the possibility of your estate being subject to federal or state taxes. If having a will and estate plan is key to accomplishing some of your life’s most cherished goals, keeping your arrangements up-to-date is equally important. Your plans can only reflect your desires at one point in life. As relationships and circumstances change, so should your plans. A gift from your estate, through your will or other estate planning vehicles, can only be made if you plan ahead, and often very simple plans are all that is required.
New Men’s Shelter
The building is going up. Excitement is growing, but the work is not yet complete. Rooms will need beds, curtains need to be hung, the kitchen must be stocked, the chapel will need seating and much more. The list of needs is long. There is so much more to do. You can be a part of this historical moment in the life of The Union Mission. You can help by donating needed items or giving a donation to the Capital Campaign
Every day, hundreds of hungry and hurting men, women and children come to the doors of The Union Mission for help. We give them a safe haven, a bed, hot meals, a shower and clean clothing. Many times they come with only the clothes on their backs and we struggle to provide the things they need; things that you and I take for granted, like toiletries, clothing, a blanket and towel. The list is long but you can help us give them a fresh start by donating the most needed items. Once physical needs are met we provide job and life skills counseling and share the Gospel of Christ and lives are changed forever. Men’s Shelter Bibles, soap, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant (hotel size), combs, blankets, shower shoes, socks, underwear, work boots, non-alcoholic medicine, phone cards, bus/taxi tokens, pillows and pillow cases. Women & Family Shelter Two-day bus passes (5 pack), diapers sizes 4, 5, 6, socks, underwear, wash cloths (white), nightgowns, pajamas, robes, slippers, shower shoes, standard pillow (no feather), brushes and combs, umbrellas, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and Wal-Mart gift cards. Hope Haven Children’s Home School supplies, snacks, children’s books/ movies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, nonalcoholic medicine, band aids, first-aid cream, combs, brushes and fast food gift cards. Hope Haven Adult Home (Men & Women) Fast food/restaurant/Wal-Mart gift cards, game prizes, nightgowns, pajamas, bathrobes, socks, slippers, puzzles, puzzle books, Bibles and devotionals. Camp Hope Haven Craft supplies, sports equipment, pillows, first aid cream, bug spray, Tylenol, carnival prizes and snacks. Union Mission Thrift Store Furniture, household items, small appliances, clothing, tools, lawn equipment, toys, baby items, new/used boats, automobiles and Bric-a-Brac.
“This whole experience saved my life.” — Alan
Your Support is needed
Your support will provide the food, shelter and guidance necessary to restore the lives of the hungry and homeless.
lack of social support systems. In addition, due to the economic downturn causing job loss and subsequent home loss, shelters are seeing an overall increase in those seeking help.
In 1892, businessmen from The Cumberland Street United Methodist Church had a vision to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless. From that vision, the original Union Mission opened its doors. In 1956, The Union Mission came under the direction of Rev. Theodore A. Bashford, who found a rescue shelter badly in debt that had lost sight of its original purpose. Under his guidance, the debts were paid, a Christian environment restored, and it began again to care for the needy. Under his direction, the ministry grew to include ten individual ministries in the Hampton Roads, Virginia community and a ministry in Romania: The Union Mission Men’s Shelter, The Women and Family Shelter, The Industrial Program and Retail Training Center, Community Assistance, Hope Haven Children’s Home, Hope Haven Adult Home, Camp Hope Haven, The New Life Center, Good News Channel 5 and Project Romania. Rev. Bashford guided The Mission until his passing in October 2008. His daughter, Linda Bashford Vaughan, succeeded him as Executive Director. Over the years, the Men’s and Women’s Shelters moved five times until 2009 when a permanent campus was established in the city of Norfolk. The Union Mission continues to be a place where the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless are met each day.
State of Homelessness
The fastest growing population of the homeless today is single parent, female-headed families who live on the streets or in temporary shelters. Families comprise at least 40% of the homeless in large metropolitan areas. The average homeless family is composed of a young, single mother and two children under age six. At least half of the homeless women are employed (or employable) but do not earn sufficient wages to support themselves and their children. Reasons for homelessness vary and include
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37% of the homeless are veterans 72% of The Union Mission clients are employed 89% of the homeless are men, 11% are women 81% of homelessness was caused by the economy In 2011 The Union Mission Ministries provided shelter to 2,210 individuals, averaging 225-300 people daily Jan. 2012 Norfolk Point in Time Count reported 536 homeless men, women and children (82% male, 18% female). Virginia Beach Point in Time Count reported 427 homeless men, women and children.
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions – 2011 Annual Snapshot Survey (114 Missions participated) • One in five people experiencing homelessness • • • •
(21%) have been victims of physical violence
within past 12 months – 6% increase over 2010 35% first time homeless 86% single individuals 52% women with children are most frequently served family unit
Homeless Individuals Surveyed • 50% white males • 74% over the age of 30 • 67% suffer from addiction • 30% have some kind of mental illness with breakdown of family support • 27% chronically homeless • 24% experienced homelessness three or more times before • 35% homeless for first time • 14% veterans • 25% of veterans served in Vietnam • 82% of all individuals prefer to receive services from an agency with a spiritual focus Source: Snap Shot Survey – AGRM
Act “The family shelter is teaching me that all Christians don’t come the way you expect.” — Veronica Group Volunteer Opportunity
The Union Mission is a place where churches, businesses and organizations come together to make a difference in their community. Join us as we meet the needs of the homeless.
Group Volunteer Opportunity
The Union Mission is a place where churches, businesses and organizations come together to make a difference in their community. Join us as we meet the needs of the homeless
How to Host an Event or Drive
Want to help? Participate in an event or hold a drive for items needed to help the homeless and poor. Almost 300 men, women and children come to The Union Mission Ministries daily, many with only the clothes on their backs. They have many needs. You can help us meet those needs in several ways. You can participate in one of our events, host an event yourself, or host a drive to collect needed items. Possible events that you could host include: a cook-out, motorcycle ride, golf tournament, birthday/holiday party, etc. If you own a business or restaurant, you may want to allow some of your proceeds to go to The Union Mission Ministries. You may have your own creative ideas. Please share them with us! To host a drive you could collect blankets, toiletries, socks and underwear, hats and gloves, etc.
Our desire is to help all who are in need. We are a Christian ministry but accept anyone who needs our help. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Emergency Shelter for Men, Single Women and Women with Children 5100 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502 • • • • •
Three meals daily Clothing, toiletries Shower and laundry services Physical and spiritual counseling Job and life skills counseling
Case Management Assess need, develop goals, assist with ID’s, birth certificates, housing and job referrals, connect to community resources. Day Centers 9am-5pm Meals, shower and laundry facilities, case management consultation. Centers shelter guests and general public. Guests may remain in shelters to meet with case managers, seek employment and housing. Area agencies connect guests to services. Men’s Shelter– Single men 18+ (757) 672-8686, Ext. 200 • • • •
Intake: Monday – Sunday, 9:00am – 9:00pm Must report in person to secure lodging. Curfew – 6:45 p.m. Allowances made for those with verifiable employment or special extenuating circumstances. Nightly chapel services required.
Women and Family Shelter– Single women 18+ and women with children • • • • • •
Bed space limited. Call first for availability and phone interview. Single women – 627-8686, Ext. 331. Women with children – 627-8686, Ext. 335 (boys must be 10 and under). Single Women – initial 30 day stay. Bible Studies — attendance required. Married couples with or without children must stay in separate shelters.
Programs “I have found the key to recovery and success” — Jackie Shelter, Care & Feeding
The Union Mission Ministries provides a safe haven, three meals a day, clean clothing and the love of Jesus Christ to over 300 hurting and homeless men, women and children daily. The Union Mission Ministries is dedicated to serving God by serving the humblest of His people, the poor and the homeless. Physical needs are met through a hot meal, a warm bed, clean clothing and a safe place to lay one’s head. Job and life skills counseling is provided, restoring dignity and self respect. Once physical needs are met, the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ is shared through the Gospel, and people find hope for a better future.
Rehabilitation & Job Skills Training
Life-saving rehabilitation programs provide men and women with a second chance, and job skills training prepares them to better care for themselves and their families. Men and women come to The Union Mission with various issues including addictions, mental illness, loss of jobs/homes and time spent in jail or prison. The Rehabilitation and Job Skills Training Program for men, Victory Bound – a Bible-based recovery program for women, and other ministry programs provide job and life skills counseling. Classes for GED and literacy, budgeting, parenting, culinary arts, as well as landscaping, retail and warehousing help in obtaining jobs and permanent housing. Case Management Needs assessment, assistance with ID’s, birth certificates, benefits, housing, job and life skills training and referrals to various community agencies. Men Discipleship and Training Program In-depth counseling and Bible study while working towards independence. Provides work in ministry, stipend, room and board. Micah Program Meaningful work within the Ministry for those waiting for housing, jobs, or benefits.
Barnabas Program After-care program providing work experience, counseling and Bible study. Women Bible studies, classes in budgeting, parenting, life skills, healthy boundaries, anger management and conflict resolution. Victory Bound Bible-based recovery program addressing life controlling issues.
Community Service Outreach
We are committed to caring for the poor and needy, and reaching others for Christ by meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We are committed to caring for the poor, homeless and needy men, women, children, and the elderly in our community and around the world by first providing for their physical needs: food, clothing, shelter, mental and physical health counseling and care. Once physical needs are met, we are committed to changing lives forever by sharing the redemptive love of our Savior through the Gospel of Christ.
Camp Hope Haven
Camp Hope Haven is a place where memories are made that last a lifetime. Many children experience the love of Jesus for the first time. Week long, overnight, free* summer camp experience for over 600 inner city children (open to all who apply). Activities include swimming, horseback riding, sports, games, arts and crafts, wilderness trail, other fun activities and Bible study. It is our desire is create a safe, loving environment where children can have fun while learning about Jesus Christ and the Bible.
Stories of Hope Gregory experimented with drugs in high school. It became a lifelong heroin addiction. He got a job, got married and had two children, but his marriage fell apart and he lost his job. “It was the drugs. It changed my whole attitude. I neglected my family. Everything started to deteriorate. I was at the end of my rope with nowhere to go, when I heard about the Mission. When I got there, I went to a Chapel service and decided to get God in my life. The Chaplain prayed with me and I said the prayer of salvation.” Gregory joined The Discipleship & Training Program. When the Mission moved to its new campus, he moved with it, where he cooks and studies the Bible. “Getting into the spiritual side of life made me realize when I was sinning, I was walking towards the devil. Reading God’s word has really changed my life. There’s no better feeling than waking up in the morning with no worries on your mind. If not for the Mission, I’d be on the streets or in jail.” James lost everything: his business, his marriage and his home. Although he received disability, it wasn’t enough to support himself, so he lived in his car until friends told him about The Union Mission. “I didn’t want to spend another winter in my car. I had to do something. I was angry and bitter because I had fame and fortune. It was a shock having to live in a shelter, but I am grateful for The Union Mission.” Today, he is working towards independence and has applied for several school grants. “I don’t like to be idle, so I recycle things, turning trash into art.” When he saw a fabricated model of the future Men’s Shelter he created one from cardboard and other things he found. His talent is evident. He wants to teach others who can’t work how to make things to support themselves; maybe something they can sell on the Internet. James accepted the Lord as a young man but admits, “I am in and out of a backsliding state, but God has always been there for me. He has made me stronger. I had a warped idea of what homelessness was and now I realize it can happen to anyone.”
The Union Mission Ministries 5100 East Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502 (757) 627-8686 Administrative Offices (757) 427-1500
The Union Mission Ministries 5100 East Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502 (757) 627-8686 Administrative Offices (757) 427-1500