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Central Union Mission Shelters Homeless Men From Snow and Hypothermia
January 21, 2014





Contact: Pastor James Lewis

202-438-1191 (cell)

Central Union Mission Shelters Homeless Men
From Snow and Hypothermia

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Fifty Extra Men to Be Protected
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WHAT: Shelter and food provided for homeless men vulnerable to hypothermia from snow and unusually low temperatures. Central Union Mission’s recent move to 65 Massachusetts Ave, NW, allows us to aid many homeless men located around Union Station. The Mission’s capacity increased through our November move—from 140 beds to now 170 beds, with 20 extra mattresses prepared for today’s snow storm. 
WHEN: January 21, 2014
WHERE: Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

The City declares a hypothermia emergency during days and/or nights that are expected to be colder than 32 degrees (including wind chill) between November 1 and March 31. Washington, DC, is one of few cities nationwide that guarantees shelter for homeless persons during hypothermic weather conditions. If you see a homeless person on the street or are in need of shelter yourself , call 311 for help.

However, going into fall 2013, the city reported in The Washington Post that it was expecting a 10 percent increase in homeless families and the shelters were full even before the cold weather began (October 28, 2013).

Thanks to Central Union Mission’s generous private donors, we are able to open our newly renovated building to shelter and feed even more homeless men than in our previous location at 1350 R St., NW, at a time when the city is lacking sufficient emergency accommodations.

Founded in 1884, Central Union Mission is the oldest social service ministry in Washington, DC. It is a private, faith-based organization dedicated to serving needy men, women and children.


  • Homeless men from the Washington, DC, area.
  • Shelter preparations for increased capacity
  • David Treadwell, executive director, Central Union Mission


About Central Union Mission. Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit. In addition to its emergency shelter program, the Mission operates an 18-month 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, and a ministry center for the Hispanic and immigrant community. Learn more at