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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: The city mission exists to share christ, to shelter, to heal and to restore the homeless to independent living-without discrimination. Our life transforming rehabilitative programming effects lasting change and empowers the homeless to be productive members of society.

Programs: Food, shelter and rehabilitation program: the city mission provided for 521 unduplicated men, 325 unduplicated women and 106 unduplicated children. The combined total represents 36,391 bed nights of shelter provided throughout the year. The food service program served 92,336 free meals and 29% of those meals were served to nonresident homeless and near-homeless guests. Our long term homeless rehabilitation programs provide men, women and children with healthcare, case management, counseling, educational, employment, legal and spiritual development services to encourage them to change and empower them to be productive members of society. Chapel services are an important part of each individual's success and residents attend devotional services 6 days a week and chapel services on sunday. We conducted 266 chapel services with an average attendance of 45 and 520 devotional services with an average attendance of 30. Work therapy is another important component to an individual's success and esch resident is required to take part in this program. They participate in the various operations of the mission learning job skills, christ-centered work ethics and principles, and participate in the successful operation of the mission.

community outreach/mission program: the mission distributes food, clothing, furniture and miscellaneous items to all who have need in the community. Our samaritan service center distributed 3,260 food bags valued at $48,900; 9,913 pieces of furniture and household items; and clothing to those in need in our community. Additionally, we provide start up furniture to eligible residents upon their departure from the mission. Special programs are conducted in september (back to school), november (thanksgiving), december (christmas) and march/april (easter) to provide for the needy in the community, especially the children. Our christmas program focuses on providing necessities and toys to families who otherwise would not have the ability to provide these items at this very special time of year.

donation center/recycling program and hidden treasures thrift stores provide practical work opportunities for our program participants including, but not limited to: truck operations, which include picking up donations and interacting with staff, residents and donors, inventory sorting, forklift and baler operation, store placement, and retail selling. In addition to its recycling operation, the mission operates 5 hidden treasure retail thrift stores in canonsburg, monongahela, rostraver, washington, and waynesburg, pa. These stores provide furniture, small durable goods and collectibles, plus a broad range of clothing, toys, electronics and household items to those who are in need of quality lower priced items. The items are processed, sorted, priced, arranged and displayed for retail sale which provides an opportunity for additional work experience for program participants and additional revenue to fund mission operations. Donated property pick-up service is provided by the mission and a portion of the donations are used in mission operations.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I cannot recommend volunteering at this organization. They have over two million dollars in assets at the end of the tax year. This is not a non-profit, although they qualify as such, but a wealthy organization that benefits from the many volunteers who give freely of their time to help the poor. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote the mission using professional ad agencies. With their assets, they could do more.

2 Gladys S.

Former staff

Rating: 2

I have always supported the Mission & their work, along with their stores which generates income toward those who find themselves in need of services. I had not been in their Monongahela store in a while so when I entered this past week I was in shock. The store smelled like a junk store, it is dirty & appears like a furniture store. The clothing and shoe sections were empty! I used to be so proud of the store & would encourage those I came in contact with to shop there, I no longer ever mention the store as I am embarrassed about the condition of the store. WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I volunteered when I was new to the area. The experience was not the best because I was told to fill out an application which was never followed up by City Mission. They remembered to ask for money four times a year but never contacted me to help. Amazingly, I could have helped with manual labor, Computers, and even their Board but alas they could not spend the time to follow up. I am sure this was just a slip up because I still have contact with them. Most of the personnel treat everyone as a special person.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their doors are open to folks in need! Pregnant mothers have come, had their babies and brought them home to City Mission. Fathers have put their lives back together and gained custody of their children. Marriages torn apart because of drugs and/or alcohol have been restored. Women with and without children find the stability and the resources they need to live new and healthy lives. City Mission's Samaritan Services helps so many poor and working poorwith meals and food, clothing, household items and furniture. Consider visiting and taking a tour to see it all!

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 5

Working with the homeless men, women and women with children we serve is a blessing. I learn much more from the residents we help support than I will ever teach them. They are humble and blessed by what the donors provide. When the light of Christ shines through them we know we are doing the Lord's work among His people. I am blessed!