A person’s descent into homelessness, hunger, and despair can only be transformed into an ascent into recovery through a comprehensive set of solutions that eliminate the barriers to independent living one by one. At City Mission, a Christ-centered rehabilitative homeless shelter, we facilitate this transformation by providing food, shelter, case management, biblically based counseling, and life-changing programming. Our goal is to help each person who walks through our doors to become a healthy, productive member of society.


City Mission exists to share Christ, to shelter, to heal, and to restore the homeless to independent living—without discrimination.

Praise the Lord, my soul,

     and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins

     and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

     and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things

     so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

— Psalm 103:2-5

We've made a difference between 2015 and 2016

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City Mission affirms the following beliefs:

The Holy Scriptures: We believe in the inspiration and divine authority of the Bible as God’s word written, containing all things necessary for salvation.

The Holy Trinity: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who have been so revealed to us in the Gospel.

The Lord Jesus Christ: We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as true God and true man, who, by reason of His birth of the Virgin Mary, His sinless life, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection and glorious ascension, His triumphant reign, and His expected visible, bodily return to earth in glory for the resurrection of the dead (some to life and some to condemnation), is the only mediator between God and man.

Justification and Sanctification: We believe that the fall of humanity resulted in our complete and universal separation from God and our need of salvation; that the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed His blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world; that salvation is a free and everlasting gift of God entirely apart from works; that every person must repent and receive salvation by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that the Holy Spirit regenerates us with divine life and personally indwells in believers upon our faith in Christ, perfecting our repentance, nurturing the new life implanted within, transforming us into Christ’s image, and enabling us to do good works in the world.

The Christian Church—Gifts for Ministry: We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, whose members are a new humanity called to live in the world in the power of the Holy Spirit—worshiping God, confessing His truth, supporting one another in love, and, as a priesthood of all believers, living sacrificially for the proclamation of the Gospel to the whole world and in service to those in need.


1941: Founder The Reverend Burt McCausland (29) holds City Mission’s first chapel service in a small storeroom at 404 S. Main St., Washington, PA.

1942: The mission moves to 322 W. Chestnut St. A men’s dormitory opens with a fifteen-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, and a weekly service at the county jail, and does visitation to hospitals, homes, and the jail. McCausland opens Hayes Avenue Mission, a branch of City Mission. Around sixty children from the area participate in Sunday school, child evangelism classes, picnics, and holiday events.

1943: On September 13, 1943, Burt McCausland and Avis Pattison marry and continue the work of City Mission as co-superintendents.

1963: First Christian Church, 84 W. Wheeling St., becomes home to City Mission. The ministry expands services to the homeless and more than triples its shelter capacity. The mission is still located at this site today.

1977: Burt McCausland retires after thirty-six years of faithful service as superintendent of City Mission.

1980: Rescue missions across the United States are addressing the problem of sheltering the country’s fastest growing population of homeless—families.

1986: Avis Arbor Women’s Shelter, named after Avis McCausland, opens to become a safe haven for hurting homeless women and their children. Avis Arbor provides shelter, hot meals, counseling, spiritual guidance, and security for thirteen women and children.

1993: 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 thrift stores. With a seventy-bed capacity, the mission is the largest shelter facility in the tri-county area.

2000: With the assistance and generosity of a local couple, 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.

2003: An expanded Avis Arbor opens. The mission remains the largest private shelter in the tri-county area, with the capacity to service over a hundred men, women, and women with children. The mission also serves over 118,000 meals annually.

2008: The HEIRS program is introduced. Watch Video.

2009: City Mission receives a grant from the Washington Hospital Authority to establish a Cognitive Enhancement Therapy program.

2010: Current CEO/President Dean R. Gartland took office.

2011: On February 7, City Mission celebrates its seventieth anniversary of serving the poor, homeless, and working poor of Washington County.

2014: City Mission doubled in size in terms of resident occupancy and financial growth from 2010.

2015: City Mission creates a strategic plan called RENEW 2020.



Dean Gartland President/CEO
(724) 222-8530

Brian R. Johansson, MPA
Chief Operating Officer
(724) 222-8530 ext. 205

Dr. Sally Mounts
Director of Development
(724) 705-7122

Board Officers

Dave Tenison, Chairman

Michael Crabtree, Vice Chairman

Suzanne Rackley, Secretary

Ken Moir, Treasurer

Board Members

Dan Paul

Linda Lattanzi

Robert J. Winters, Esquire

Jeff McCartney


If you are a dedicated Christian with a desire to impact others through your job, and would like to feel good about the type of work you do every day, please consider joining the City Mission team.

City Mission is a nonprofit, Christian organization that serves men, women and children that are experiencing homelessness in the Southwestern, Pennsylvania area.  We offer competitive salaries, benefits and the rewards of knowing you are making a real difference in the lives of people right here in our community.

To view our job openings and apply online, Click here

Subscription to City Mission’s Statement of Faith is a condition of employment upon hire and continuously while employed with City Mission. Click here to view the statement.


City Mission is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The ministry is supported by private, tax-deductible donations like yours. Almost 50% of our funding comes from individuals. City Mission’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and our finances are audited annually by the accounting firm of Houston & Associates. As a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the City Mission’s financial practices must fall within the strict guidelines of the ECFA.

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