A Brief Timeline of City Mission
Founder The Reverend Burt McCausland (29) holds The City Mission’s first chapel in a small storeroom at 404 S. Main St., Washington PA.
The Mission moves to 322 W. Chestnut St. A men’s dormitory opens with a 15 bed shelter and provides free meals to homeless and poor men. The staff holds Child Evangelism classes, Sunday school, nightly chapel, prayer meetings, street meetings, a weekly service at the County Jail and does visitation to hospitals, homes and the jail.
McCausland opens Hayes Avenue Mission, a branch of The City Mission. Around 60 children from the area participate in Sunday school, Child Evangelism classes, picnics and holiday events.
On September 13, 1943, Burt McCausland and Avis Pattison marry and continue the work of The City Mission as co-superintendents
Mission continues to serve the poor and homeless of Washington and surrounding communities.
First Christian Church, 84 W. Wheeling St., becomes home to The City Mission. The ministry expands services to the homeless and more than triples its shelter capacity. The Mission remains at this site today.
Burt McCausland retires after 36 years of faithful service as superintendent of the City Mission.
Rescue missions across the United States are addressing the problem of sheltering the country’s fastest growing population of homeless – the family.
Avis Arbor Women’s Shelter, named after Avis McCausland, opens to become a safe haven to hurting homeless women and their children. Avis Arbor provides shelter, hot meals, counseling, spiritual guidance and security to 13 women and children.
Francis L. King, then mayor of Washington, proclaims City Mission Day to celebrate the millionth meal served. At this time, the Mission serves about 6,000 meals each month, and operates seven Helping Hand thrift stores. With a 70 bed capacity, the Mission is the largest shelter facility in the tri-county area.
With the assistance and generosity of a local couple, The City Mission’s Board of Directors votes to acquire three buildings adjacent to the current location to be used for future shelter and transitional housing.
An expanded Avis Arbor opens. The Mission remains the largest private shelter in the tri-county area with the capacity to service over 100 men, women and women with children. The Mission also serves over 118,000 meals annually.
The Mission receives a grant from the Washington Hospital Authority to establish a Cognitive Enhancement Therapy Program at the Mission.
The City Mission celebrates its 70th anniversary of serving the poor, homeless and working poor in Washington County, PA, on February 7, 2011.