County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan is Committed to Helping Women with Children at City Mission
On October 25, 2018 - City Mission gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Women with Children's Shelter
On October 25, 2018 friends and supporters of City Mission gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Women with Children's Shelter. We are excited and grateful for the newly renovated facility and the opportunity that is available for Women with Children in need to receive programs and services that will change their lives! County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan was the guest speaker at our event. Please read her moving and inspiring words as she calls us all to action to help women and children in our community.
"It is an honor and privilege to be here today, and to address you, as we celebrate the renovation and grand opening of the Women with Children Shelter. I am so very grateful for the vision of the Washington City Mission, and the generosity of its donors, who have allowed this shelter to emerge, to grow, and to improve. When you hear of the need for shelter, food, and medical care, it can be hard to understand how that need can exist in our community when our lives are filled with opportunities.
"However, this need does exist. And I cannot imagine the despair a mother must feel when she cannot provide for the most basic needs of her children.In the past year, Avis Arbor sheltered 168 women and 32 children, and should be applauded for their success... but sadly the mission was forced to turn away 257 women and 88 children due to space constraints. It is heartbreaking to know that there are those in our community who are without the basic necessities of life. And that heartbreak is our call to action. The key to any future success for women and children in our community, facing homelessness, lies within these walls of Avis Arbor. The average success rate at a substance abuse treatment center is a modest 27%. Fortunately, for the women and children in our community, Washington City Mission Avis Arbor proudly boasts a 57% success rate, for those remaining in the program for over 90 days. That is why this is the program I choose to support, to be a good financial steward of the gifts I have been given.
"As children of the most high king, we are all called to love one another as Christ loves us; and with this need, we have an opportunity to show God’s love, by sharing our blessings and our talents, with our community. Avis Arbor is committed to providing a safe living environment, access to medical treatment, educational opportunities, coupled with full- time childcare and God’s saving grace. Providing these wrap around services are the gateway to fostering a woman’s path to future independence and healing. Avis Arbor has a helped: 82% of women with independent housing, 66% of women attain employment, and most importantly 90% of women profess their faith in God - the City Mission success rate is far greater than that of other programs because they not only meet the individuals’ physical needs, but also provide the path of forgiveness, mercy, grace, and hope.
"Today I announce my commitment to continue my work in raising critical funds to address the unmet needs of the women and children in our community. On January 10th through the 14th, I will be completing the dopey challenge, a series of races over four days, totaling 48.6 miles, in Disney World, Orlando. This challenge will be my greatest test of endurance, which is why my daughter , Victoria Hassett, has decided to join me in the challenge, just in case I am not up to the mark and may need dragged across the finish line! By participating in this challenge, I hope to inspire others to join with me, and answer God’s call to action through financial sponsorships.
"Your financial support is critical to the sustainability and success of Avis Arbor, but more importantly to the future of every woman and child that walks through these doors. To whom much is given, much is required. No one can do all that is required, but all can do some, to bless our neighbors in need. I ask for your prayers, your time, and your financial gifts to ensure we rise to the challenge for the unmet needs of the women and children in our community. These families are God’s children, just like us, who are facing challenges in their lives that God has spared us from facing. These families are our neighbors and we are their blessing. I ask that you prayerfully consider God’s call on your heart, to serve his children."
"In closing, I pray that all who enter the doors of this home would find safety, security, and most importantly God’s love and mercy.May God bless you all richly, for answering his call and serving his children in need."
County Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan
Honors and Memorials
This post chronicles the names of donors and their dedications to both honor and memorialize individuals as a celebration of their respect, love and admiration. Each of the buttons below links to sheet which lists our donors who have made contributions in-honor-of or in-memoriam-of. City Mission assembles these names and document them here so that we may show our appreciation to all the parties.
City Mission Collaborates with Centerville Clinics
“This collaboration is a dream come true,” Leah Dietrich, City Mission’s Director of Residential Programs, said of their new collaboration with Centerville Clinics. “Many of our residents come to us with complex medical issues and need help to work through them and get to the root of the issue, which requires follow-up and active care.
Boxes of Love - Thanksgiving
A 'Box of Love' is filled with all the contents of a Thanksgiving meal and will be used to feed over 250 families in the community. With your help they will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal at home!
Your Donations to City Mission Thrift Stores
City Mission Thrift Stores are a critical mission asset, taking donations and helping our community by offering great deals on clothing and other items. But, first and foremost, proceeds from our stores keep City Mission doors open to transform lives from homelessness to independent living! Our Thrift stores offer quality items at bargain prices and by accepting your donations it helps remove clutter from our homes. “Thrift with a Purpose” is real at our thrift stores! Here are examples of how you help City Mission residents - while enjoying exceptional deals whether shopping or providing item donations.
WCCF Gives Day Thursday, September 12
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, all gifts made to participating charities via www.wccfgives.org and all designated WCCF Gives check contributions received by 8 p.m. on that day will be increased by part of a $100,000 bonus pool. The minimum contribution is only $25, but donors are welcome to give as much and to as many participating charities as they would like. You can share in the excitement of this special event by supporting City Mission through WCCF Gives.
Healing Through Chiropractic at City Mission
Many City Mission residents suffer from chronic pain and have turned to opioids and other pain-relieving drugs in the past. For many, this led them down the path of addiction and eventual homelessness. “Chiropractic has been proven to be one of the safest alternatives to decrease pain naturally, without drugs or surgery” he explained. Dr. Carr, who was last year’s recipient of City Mission’s Volunteer of the Year Award, saw the potential for chiropractic services to not only relieve the pain of City Mission residents but potentially change their lives.
New Murals for Veterans Shelter
Two beautiful, new murals were installed yesterday at the Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House. Five staff members from the State Correctional Institute (SCI) of Fayette came to City Mission to install the canvasses, which had been previously painted by inmates.
Your Kids Can Be Mish Kid "Fun"raisers this Summer!
Your kids can choose one of our fundraising ideas...Lemonade Stand, Bake Sale, Car Wash or Yard Sale. Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpap can pick up a Mish Kid "Fun" raising Kit at City Mission. Call at (724)-705-7122. Please provide your email address, so we can send you a digital copy of your event flyers.
Sherry lives in the Washington community, within walking distance of City Mission, and though she has never been a resident, she comes almost daily to eat meals, attend chapel services, visit with friends, or pray with residents and staff at the Samaritan Care Center, City Mission’s community outreach.
The Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House honors Lance Corporal Ryan Kovacicek - A Hero Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
LCpl Kovacicek was deployed to Iraq in March 2005 with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Kilo Company. On Sunday, July 10th 2005 in Hit Iraq, LCpl Ryan Joseph Kovacicek was killed in combat. He was 22 years old when he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He will always remain young in our hearts.
The Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House honors Dr. Michael Crabtree, Generous Donor and Friend
Last year, Dr. Crabtree’s generous donation helped make the Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House become a reality, and because of that, City Mission is now able to help homeless veterans in a way we never were before. “I’m happy to be able to give to the Mission because I know that the money is being used to do important and meaningful work. Dr. Crabtree has been a professor of psychology at Washington and Jefferson College for 44 years and a practicing psychologist in Washington County for over three decades. He and his wife, Mary Paige Pillow, have been active financial supporters of the Mission for over 25 years, and he has been a board member for the last three.
Lone Pine Ladies Golf Association Helps Local Veterans
On Saturday, January 26, the Lone Pine Ladies Golf Association hosted its fifth annual chili cook-off. All proceeds from the event were donated to City Mission in support of the Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House. In addition to funds raised at the cook-off, the members of the Ladies Golf Association also collected boxes and boxes of personal items for the veterans, including towels, socks, toothpaste, deodorant, pillowcases, and 22 sets of bed sheets for the 22-bed facility.
Cornerstone Care Mobile Unit Visits City Mission
The Cornerstone Care Mobile Unit is parked at City Mission several days this week providing Dental Services to our residents. The mission of Cornerstone Care is to improve the health of its patients and of the residents of the community with special concern for the medically under-served and low-income populations.
City Mission Honors Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate Diana Irey Vaughan for Fundraising Achievements
On April 23rd at 12:30pm, City Mission of Washington, PA honored Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate and County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan with a plaque for her fundraising efforts for their new 22-bed shelter for homeless veterans, the Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House, to open July 3, 2018. City Mission President/CEO Dean Gartland presented Vaughan with an engraved crystal memento inscribed “Disney Goofy Challenge Run for City Mission.”
Time to Believe
In 1993 a friend invited Tom Kwiatkowski to go to Billy Graham’s last crusade in Pittsburgh. When Reverend Graham gave the invitation to come to the altar, Tom got out of his seat and went forward. That night he prayed the sinner’s prayer with thousands of other people. On the ride home from the crusade his friend asked how he felt, and his response was that he was tired. Two days later Tom picked up the Bible to read and opened to the gospel of John and the story of Doubting Thomas. His eyes fell on the words of Jesus, “Don’t go on unbelieving but believe.” When Tom read thos