Veterans Services

Central Union Mission Welcomes U.S. Veterans

Veterans needs don’t end when they take off their uniforms

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night throughout the country.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that about 900,000 veterans are food insecure.  

The Mission Strives to Meet the Rising Need Among Veterans

Approximately 10% of the men and women that the Mission serves are homeless and low-income veterans.   

Central Union Mission serves veterans in numerous ways:  

Shelter -  As a homeless shelter – on average, 16 veterans stay in the shelter each night and receive a bed for the night, three hot meals and hot showers.  

Meals -  The Mission provides 3 meals per day to homeless guests as well as other hungry people who walk through its doors, amounting to over 50 meals per day for veterans.  

Wrap-Around Services - Veterans benefit from all levels of service of the Mission, including social services; classes in GED preparation, Basic Adult Education, and job search skills; transitional housing for working veterans who cannot afford their own rent; and rehabilitation from drugs, alcohol and other addictions.  

Partnership with the Veterans Administration - The Mission provides no-cost emergency shelter, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Administration, to provide short-term housing to veterans while they await placement in VA programs.  Through this initiative, the Mission provided 819 days of service (shelter and meals) to 43 veterans over the past year. 

All-told, approximately 10% of the men the Mission serves are veterans, amounting to a total expense of $415,000 per year.  

Please help us make sure that our support doesn’t end when they take off their uniforms.