Every day, hundreds of hungry and hurting men, women, and children count on The Union Mission Ministries for help. It can be a challenge to provide all the things our guests need—and costs have risen on nearly everything we provide to them for free.
If you or your family, Sunday school class, Scouting troop, or corporate outreach group wants to make a difference that changes lives, consider a collection drive to provide some of our always-most-needed items from our Give Goods page.
As you are making your plans, please contact our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.
It’s expensive to set up a new home when you’ve been homeless. Provide a great housewarming gift to our shelter guests moving into permanent housing: a plastic tote loaded with useful household items. To fill a Home Tote costs about $100–$125, making this a great group project!
Transportation is essential for our shelter guests to get to their jobs, interviews, appointments, and children’s daycare providers. Every day we provide them with bus passes. You can purchase them for us at selected area Food Lions and 7-Elevens or directly through Hampton Roads Transit.
Many of our homeless shelter guests and program residents work off-site and odd hours. They can’t always catch a hearty meal in our dining halls. But a $10 gift card for a local chain restaurant, gas station, or convenience store gives them an affordable meal break that’s a real blessing!
It’s easy to sponsor a meal for our shelter guests! You can make a financial donation to cover the costs, personally cook and deliver your culinary creation, or cater a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. About 160 portions will cover both shelters, or choose just one shelter for a more manageable size. To be added to the schedule, just contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
Many of our guests arrive with their clothing in a garbage bag or crammed into a backpack. Providing them with a good-sized wheeled suitcase or a large dufflebag helps protect their belongings and restore their dignity. Luggage also facilitates an easier move into permanent housing.
Host a drive to donate bath towels and washcloths, or extra-long twin sheet sets and pillowcases. All our towels and bed linens are bleached regularly, so white is often the best color choice. And many retailers, like Amazon, will ship them directly to us!