Homeless & Housing,
Mission: Union mission ministries, inc. Is set apart by the spirit of god to preach the gospel and meet physical and emotional needs throughout west virginia through the provision of shelter, clothing, food, counseling, and structured programs for the poor, the needy, and those bound and bruised by addictive lifestyles.
Programs: Outreach ministries: outreach ministry is the largest food distribution agent in the state of west virginia, distributes food and clothing in 19 of west virginia's 55 counties. This is accomplished from 38 separate sites touching an average of 31,896 people monthly. Outreach also responds quickly to provide emergency relief following floods or other disasters. The goods distributed are received as gifts-in-kind from businesses, food resource programs, and other ministry programs. This program is 98% volunteer driven, ranging from drivers picking up the food to volunteers repackaging and distributing the food and clothes. Thanksgiving and christmas food boxes were distributed to a total of 18,052 families (72,208 individuals).
crossroads homeless shelter: this facility/program provides services to homeless men every hour of the day, 365 days of the year. This christ-centered program environment serves 3 meals daily, shelter, motivational and job readiness counseling, emergency transportation, advocacy, referral, permanent housing placement, chapel services and life application bible studies. Serving approximately 35 separate individuals daily, a total of 756 separate individuals for the year were served. The goal of crossroads is to equip men to re-enter society and network within local church relationships. Annually, 42,193 meals are served, and 12,811 lodgings are provided.
family services ministries: the family services department is committed to meeting physical, spiritual & emotional needs of families in crisis or at risk of becoming homeless. Families from a 17-county radius come to as us as a result of eviction, house fire, unemployment, domestic violence or poverty. Program services include food, clothing, utility and rental assistance, life management skill counseling, advocacy, emotional & spiritual counseling as well as assistance for families in emergency situations, serving an average of 502 families (2,008 individuals) monthly and a total of 6,026 families (24,104 individuals) for the year. Thanksgiving & christmas food boxes are distributed to a combined total of 1,737 families(6,948 individuals), the adopt-a-family for christmas program served 77 families, and toys for children distributed toys to 880 children at christmas.
brookside family life center: this is a residential program for young, at-risk and abused single mothers and their children. Three separate programs are offered within this structure:the women and children shelter meets the emergency needs of housing and food for single mothers and their families who find themselves suddenly homeless. Program services offered to meet their needs include private rooms, meals, clothing and personal items, resource counseling, chapel services and life application bible studies. The cornerstone long-term program encourages single mothers to strive for positive change through a curriculum of practical life management skills. Program services include up to a 24-month residency, private rooms, classroom instruction in parenting skills, financial management and budgeting, health and hygiene, relationship development, domestic skills, educational resources, career development, chapel services and life application bible studies. The maternity program provides a refuge for unwed mothers-to-be in need of loving support; to encourage and enable each young woman to provide life for the unborn baby she carries. Program services include shelter throughout pregnancy and into the crucial months following, private rooms, access to life management skills, training in parenting, finance, health, hygiene, relationships, domestic readiness, educational, and career, chapel services and life application bible studies. The driving force behind brookside is to share the love of christ in every aspect with these hurting women and children. Brookside served 16,277 meals and provided 6,507 lodgings for 395 separate individuals. Thrift store ministry: the thrift store accepts donations of new and used goods from the general public for distribution to the poor through the thrift store. Items are sold at reduced prices since needy individuals are often unwilling to accept free handouts. However, more than half of all merchandise is given away using a voucher system, which allows families to maintain their dignity by shopping just like other customers. Families served through the voucher system are victims in floods, house fires, or domestic/family abuse situations. The staff shares the gospel through witness, scripture/tract distribution and personal relationships. Foundations/discipleship program: this residential program for men is designed to meet those suffering with addictions, incarceration, domestic difficulties and emotional trauma. Within a controlled environment, we provide each with private living space, meals, clothing, personal items, recreational needs and classroom instruction. Program services include psychological testing, nouthetic counseling, bible studies/life application principles and work therapy. This program is designed to enable individuals to successfully re-enter the community. Annually, 63,415 meals were served and 7,870 lodgings were provided to a total of 57 men.