Shelter & Emergency Services

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Serving the poor and homeless since 1892

The Union Mission Men’s Shelter, and Women and Children’s Shelters, are dedicated to helping people overcome their homelessness and giving them a chance to start again. By first providing for their physical needs, then providing job and life skills training, and emotional and spiritual counseling, lives are transformed forever. But we can only accomplish this with your help!

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How can you help a homeless person on the street?

Please don’t give them money. Instead, consider keeping a care package in your car to give to them with items like packaged snacks, socks, bottled water, a rain poncho, a fast-food gift card, a Union Mission Information Card, and a bus pass to get to the Mission. You can help them restore their dignity and get the help they need.

Print out Union Mission Information Cards here

Services Provided

Every day hundreds of men, women, and children come through our doors looking for a meal and shelter. Meeting these most basic human needs is often the first step to helping them get back on their feet. Having a safe place to sleep, and protection from the winter cold and summer heat, is vital.

Services include:

  • Shelter/beds
  • Hot meals
  • Showers/toiletry items
  • Clean clothing/laundry services
  • Emotional and spiritual counseling/case management
  • Chapel services
  • Medical care

Learn more about the services provided through our emergency services.


Bashford Men’s Shelter

Provides 200 emergency shelter beds, 50 beds for the discipleship programs (The David Development Program for young men 18-26 and Damascus Destination for older men) and 40 Single Resident Occupancy rooms (SRO). SROs are for guests who have graduated from our Damascus Destination Program, or for residents who have been unable to find permanent housing. Rooms, based upon availability, may be offered at a low rent adding another step toward independent living.

Contact us if you are seeking shelter. For more information call (757) 627-8686 ext. 200.

Women and Children’s Shelter

Provides 40 emergency shelter beds for single women, and 7 family rooms for mothers and their children. When long-term housing is found, the ministry provides furniture and household goods to give them a fresh start.

Contact us if you are seeking shelter. For more information call (757) 627-8686.

Single women – ext. 331
Women with children – ext. 335

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