Who we Are

Food, Clothing, Shelter … and so much more!

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A Home for Hope

For over 120 years The Union Mission Ministries has compassionately served the least, the last, and the lost in our community including men, women, and children without a home and with nowhere else to turn.

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In 1892, businessmen from The Cumberland Street United Methodist Church had a vision to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless. From that vision, the original Union Mission opened its doors, and to this day continues to provide for the homeless and poor throughout the Hampton Roads community.

In 1956, The Union Mission came under the direction of Rev. Theodore A. Bashford, who found a rescue shelter badly in debt that had lost sight of its original purpose. Under his guidance, the debts were paid, a Christian environment restored, and it began again to care for the needy.

Rev. Bashford guided the Mission until his passing in October 2008. His daughter, Linda Bashford Vaughan, succeeded him as Executive Director. Over the years, the Men’s and Women’s Shelters moved five times until 2009 when a permanent campus was established. The ministry grew to include multiple ministries in the Hampton Roads, Virginia community. They include …

  • The Union Mission Men’s Sheltermaking plans
  • The Women and Children’s Shelter
  • The Industrial Program and Retail Training Center
  • The Southampton Boys Home
  • Hope Haven Mother’s Program
  • Community Assistance Program
  • Hope Haven Children’s Home
  • Hope Haven Adult Home
  • Camp Hope Haven
  • The New Life Center
  • The Good News Network

Not all of these ministries are operating today. As the communities needs have changed, so have the Missions ministries. We continue to look for ways to share the love of Christ to those in need and to serve the poor in our community.

God placed a burden on Rev. Bashford’s heart for the people of Romania and the first team traveled there in 2000. Project Romania became a part of The Union Mission Ministries and teams travel to Romania twice a year to minister to the poor, train pastors, and teach the women and children.

The Union Mission continues to be a place where the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless are met each day.


Mission Statement

To aid the poor and needy; to reform the erring; to help those that are out of the way; to feed the hungry; to shelter the homeless; to preach the gospel; and to rescue the perishing.



Dedicated to serving God by serving the most vulnerable people in the community; the poor and homeless.

Core Values

GLORIFY GOD – Reflect Christ in all of our actions and share the Gospel with each person we serve.

INTEGRITY – Deliver services to the poor and homeless with the highest level of integrity by investing in their emotional, physical, and spiritual development.

STEWARDSHIP – Be good stewards of our time, talents, and the resources entrusted to us by providing the utmost care at the lowest cost.

RESTORATION – Be a testament to the community of how it cares for the least of its citizens.

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