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City Union Mission seeks help through Celebrate Hope campaign

Already halfway to the end their four-month CELEBRATE HOPE: Reach Out to K.C.’s Poor and Homeless campaign, City Union Mission has $4,178,160 yet to raise to meet their $6 million goal. The annual fundraising drive began October 1, with the objective of securing about half of the Mission’s yearly operating budget by January 31, 2018.  The Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless.

While campaign donations are keeping pace with last year’s fundraising support, Executive Director Dan Doty and the Mission staff encourage the community to continue to remember their struggling neighbors throughout the holiday season and the duration of the campaign.

“We’re asking our community partners to search their hearts and give as much as they can to ensure no individual or family goes

without the care and support they need.”      —Executive Director Dan Doty

“We deeply appreciate the outpouring of financial gifts we’ve received so far,” Doty said. “We trust we can rely on that same level of generosity during these final weeks as we prepare to provide food, shelter and faith-based guidance for those who will turn to us in the year ahead.

Meeting this year’s campaign goal is critical because a portion of the funds will be used to operate the Mission’s new L. Minor Care Center. The facility, which opens in January, offers shelter in a secure environment for homeless men who are challenged with aging, disability or mental illness and require individualized care and attention. “We’re grateful we’ll be able to offer this place of refuge for those with special needs who would otherwise be on the streets,” Doty said.

If current trends continue, Doty expects the Mission to be called on to assist as many men, women and children as ever. “We’re asking our community partners to search their hearts and give as much as they can to ensure no individual or family goes without the care and support they need.”

Every Hope campaign donation the Mission receives between now and January 31, 2018, will count toward the campaign goal.  Gifts can be made online at cityunionmission.org or mailed to City Union Mission, P.O. Box 270107, Kansas City, Missouri  64127. Celebrate Hope campaign updates, as well as information about the Mission’s full range of programs and services, are also available on the site.