City Union Mission Executive Director Dan Doty announced today that $6,237,098 was raised through the Celebrate Hope: Reach Out to K.C.’s Poor and Homeless campaign, exceeding the goal of $6 million.
Celebrate Hope is the Mission’s an annual campaign, running from October 1 through January 31, that seeks to secure a significant portion of the ministry’s annual donated income to support programs and services for the hungry, homeless, near-homeless and working-poor in the metro area.
“We are overwhelmed by the selfless giving of our community and so grateful
for the kindness of our supporters. Because of them, we are able to ease the burdens
of our neighbors in need.” —Executive Director Dan Doty
“We are overwhelmed by the selfless giving of our community and so grateful for the kindness of our supporters. Because of them, we are able to ease the burdens of our neighbors in need,” Doty said. “Hundreds of homeless men, women and children are being provided for through our recovery and outreach services.”
Contributions from this campaign are used to provide basic necessities including food, shelter, clothing and medical services—along with counseling, long-term recovery programs and career-development and job-placement assistance—to hundreds of people each day who are battling addiction, have fallen on hard times or are victims of generational poverty.
The Mission currently shelters an average of 362 men, women and children daily. They also serve more than 713 meals to shelter residents, guests and hungry members of the community every day and provide clothing, medical care and other essential services to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals each year. The L. Minor Care Center, which opened in February, also provides an additional 35 beds and care to homeless men challenged with mental illness or physical disability.
The Mission’s leadership reminds supporters their continued generosity remains vitally important in the months ahead. “As we celebrate the success of this campaign, we must remember the many challenges that remain ahead of us,” Doty said. “The ongoing support of our friends and partners will be greatly appreciated as we increase our efforts to care for the poor and build a stronger community.”
More information about the Mission’s comprehensive programs and services for homeless and hurting individuals and families can be found at cityunionmission.org.