Helping to end homelessness in a way which encourages dignity, not dependence.
Union Mission works to create a caring and compassionate environment where individuals can thrive and lives can be rebuilt.
STORIES OF CHANGE
Drinking. Drugs. Dropping out of high school. Any one of the three could derail most people. Add a positive diagnosis of HIV and anyone could easily find themselves dealing with both homelessness and hopelessness. After years of facing all four challenges, Calvin eventually chose to work hard to create a brighter future for himself, rather than to give up.
Homelessness can happen for many different reasons. A victim of domestic violence, with no network of support, can quickly find she’s exchanged one perilous living situation for another. Bravely leaving behind an abusive relationship, Logan knows all too well that the best choice for a family can be the one that leads to a homeless shelter.
Stopping the cycle of drug addiction and incarceration takes strength and support. Fighting those battles while homeless takes determination. For Everett Moore, leaving behind homelessness meant a literal journey of miles to reach the help he so desperately needed.
It isn’t always a long downfall to homelessness; sometimes it’s sudden. Your wife leaves, depression kicks in, a gambling problem develops, the bipolar disorder you were diagnosed with as a teenager becomes a problem again and when your car suddenly breaks down, you can’t afford to fix it. At least that’s the case with Jerry, a former antique shop owner and head of a recycling business from Frederick, Maryland.
Rebuilding your life after years of drug addiction requires determination. When your decision to get clean leaves you and your children homeless, it can be hard to find hope for the future. But Donna, a single mother of two children, found the help and the hope she needed right here at Union Mission.
Working your way out of homelessness is not an easy task, and nearly impossible alone – especially when you’re also dealing with problems with the law and drug addiction. Too often, these challenges lead to a cycle of homelessness that can be hard to overcome. Thanks to your support, Greg was able to find a helping hand to break the cycle of homelessness and rebuild his life.
HOW WE HELP
HOPE FOR TODAY
More than just a place to sleep, our emergency shelters provide clients the skills and support they need to live independently.
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
Having the skills to find and keep a job strengthens our clients’ chances of leaving homelessness behind for good. Union Mission provides mental health care, work readiness assessments, workforce development training, and job placement support.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Based on a nationally successful model, Shelter Plus Care provides stable housing, plus case management and mental health services for low-income disabled and formerly homeless individuals and families.