Since 1910, The City Mission has been known as the "Downtown Arm of the Church." Hundreds of churches provide volunteers and support the Mission financially, by praying for us, welcoming our graduates, bringing their programs and mission teams to our campuses and in many other ways.
Benefits to Churches
Churches can benefit as their members grow by using their gifts and igniting their passion to serve, living out what they learn in their home church or acquire new skills that they can also use in their home churches. The City Mission's long history with serving people in crisis or living in poverty can help leaders and members as they reach out to their own faith family and communities.
Father Absence is a Key Issue for Individuals, Families and Communities.
The absence of a father is the single most significant predictor of developmental problems in a child’s life. The social and financial impact of father absence in our community is immeasurable. This issue affects not only the clients the Mission serves in our programs but many of the people who sit in our churches and live in our neighborhoods.
On April 18, 2012 , the Mission hosted Dr. David Stoop as he presented "Where's Papa?" A Symposium on Father Absence. Resources, including how to get the DVD of the symposium (when available), information about upcoming events and training, initiatives, etc. are posted on the Father Absence webpage.
Lay Counseling Training Workshops including Debt-Cancelling
The City Mission makes available to the public some of the training we do for our staff and volunteers, including the 2-session Debt-Cancelling workshop mentioned in the Father Absence symposium. As workshops are scheduled, they will be posted on this page, the Calendar and elsewhere on the website as appropriate.
Debt-Cancelling (must attend both sessions) held at Laura's Home onFri., Aug. 10 (6 pm - 9 pm) and Sat., Aug.11 (9 am - 10:30 am). Register by email firstname.lastname@example.org with the session you would like to attend and a phone number we can reach you if necessary.
How to Get Involved at The City Mission:
Participate in our Events and Programs - Promote or join us in other events such as tours, luncheons, collection drives and more.
Financial Support – Consider a special gift to The City Mission, establishing a monthly contribution, or increasing your current giving level.
Some ideas of others have done:
- Challenge your Church – Challenge your church to underwrite an item on our wish lists. For instance, one church challenged members to contribute one day’s wages to The City Mission and another challenged members to volunteer.
- Honor and Memorial Gifts – Anniversaries, awards and remembering those who have passed away but made a difference in your congregation can be an opportunity to inspire others to create a legacy. For example, establish an honor gift in the name of a faithful supporter in your congregation. Learn more about Honor and Memorial Gifts
Host Fundraisers or Friend-raisers – Stage an event for Mission supporters in your area. We can help you with ideas and advertising materials. We will provide the program but you provide the rest.
Consider inviting one of our speakers such as our Chief Executive Officer, Rev. Rich Trickel or one of our other speakers to your Sunday service, ministry meetings or Missions Fair.
Initiate a Material Drive – With more than 2,200 men, women and children spending anywhere from 1 to 180 nights with us, we have both continual and seasonal needs for items to help them during their time with us. Hundreds of children and their families are involved in our Pathways Family Outreach Services program. We also minister to the families of inmates. These drives include Operation Hope Tote, Diaper Drive, School Supplies Drive, and New Toys and Games Collections.
View complete list of items we need. Collecting any of these items could become a fun activity for your Sunday School class, men’s or women’s ministry or outreach ministry.
Promote our Paid Internship Opportunities – A wide range of paid internship opportunities are posted on our Internships page, this also includes available housing options. We are eager to provide a reward experience to college-age believers that will both strengthen their faith and equip the for success in their career. Please share this information with the college studends in your congregation.
Establish “The City Mission Day” - A day of service here at the Mission to complete one of our “much needed but not able to do it without you” projects. Available group service projects are listed on our Become a Volunteer. Few group projects are available in the winter months.
“Adopt” The City Mission or One of its Programs – A number of churches have been proudly serving meals for the past 20 years. Consider serving a monthly meal at Crossroads or Laura’s Home, or focus funding and volunteerism on our Inmate Outreach or Pathways Family Outreach Services programs.
Online Opportunities – Add a link to The City Mission's website to your own website. You can also provide videos of events that your church is hosting for the Mission.
For more information about church involvement, please contact Nebbie Kost at (216) 431-3510 x206 or email her using the button below
Email questions about church involvement.