City Union Mission’s CELEBRATE HOPE campaign has raised $7,110,000, exceeding their goal of $6.5 million.
“Our God has provided for us in such a tremendous way through our community,” stated Chief Executive Officer Dr. Terry Megli. “Hundreds of individuals and groups collectively donated nearly half of our budget within a 120-day period! The selfless giving of our community will enable us to provide essential, life-changing services to our neighbors in need and for that, we are truly grateful.”
The campaign runs October 1 through January 31 each year with the goal of raising half of the Mission’s annual budget. This campaign provides funding for essential programs and services for the hungry, homeless, near-homeless, and working-poor in the Kansas City metro area. Contributions are used to provide basic needs including food, shelter, clothing, and medical services, along with counseling and long-term Christian recovery programs, career development, and job-placement assistance.
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“The success of this campaign directly impacts our ability to care for poor and homeless men, women and children who turn to us in need every day,” Megli said. Currently, the Mission shelters an average of 230 men, women and children and serves approximately 500 meals to shelter residents, guests and hungry members of the community every day. Clothing, medical care and other essential services are provided to thousands of homeless and hurting individuals each year.
“Today we pause to celebrate the success of our campaign with our generous community, aware of the challenges that lie ahead in meeting our remaining budgetary demands and the needs of those we serve,” Megli said. “Ongoing support from our partners will be greatly appreciated as together, we continue to care for the homeless and poor and build a stronger community.”
More information about the Mission’s comprehensive programs and services to the homeless and hurting can be found at cityunionmission.org.