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Union Mission Ministries


 
Hello, volunteers! Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Union Mission Ministries. With your help, we provide food, clothing, shelter, and so much more to the homeless and impoverished in the Norfolk area. Volunteers perform a lot of vital roles here on campus, from serving meals to teaching classes and everything in between!

If you are completing hours for school credit, contact Cindy Smith for more information- csmith@ummnorva.org. If you are interested in bringing groups, complete this form. If you want to volunteer as an individual with no school credit, register here for our next orientation. 

We hope to see you soon! 

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Founded in 1892, The Union Mission provides food, clothing, toiletries, a place to shower and a clean bed to over 350 homeless men, women and children each day. Once physical needs are met, emotional, physical and spiritual counseling along with job and life skills training is offered to help people out of their homelessness and to better care for themselves and their families. Classes are offered in computer skills, parenting, budgeting and finance, laundry services, retail, warehousing, overcoming susbstance abuse, healthy boundaries, conflict resolution, the culinary arts and more by staff and volunteers. A Wellness Program through a grant from the Sentara Health Foundation and in partnership with area health agencies provides beds set aside in each shelter for those coming out of the hospital or who are ill, prescription medication, wellness education and the Bon Secours Care-A-Van that comes twice a month with medical professionals to offer their services.  Other ministries include a Retail Training Center, Hope Haven Children's Home for children from troubled families, and Camp Hope Haven that provides a week-long summer camp experience to over 650 children 8-15 each summer absoultely free. The Union Mission does not receive any state or federal funding but relies solely on the generosity of the community.
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