Facilitating Transitions to Independent Living:
Washington City Mission
Washington City Mission feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and offers hope to individuals struggling with addiction and abuse. In 2015, the organization served more than 500 people with direct rehabilitative services through its shelters, dining facility, medical clinic, legal clinic, and thrift stores. Through its work readiness program, City Mission provided work therapy training to 68 percent of its clients, facilitating their transition to independent living.
That same year, City Mission’s vocational training center was destroyed in a fire. Needing a replacement, the organization purchased a dilapidated 40,000 square foot warehouse nearby. It serves as the primary processing center for donations to City Mission’s five thrift stores, which accounted for $1.17 million in revenue in 2016. It also is the worksite for clients in the work readiness program, who receive hands-on job training by sorting and repairing donations and managing distribution. The training improves their self-confidence and overall employment prospects.
With a Foundation grant of $500,000, City Mission will undertake an extensive renovation of the warehouse, including upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems, as well as installations of flooring, sprinklers, and interior components. In addition to meeting code requirements, the renovations will create a more comfortable work environment for clients in the work readiness program.