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“Finish Strong” Capital Campaign

Strategic Priorities

A successful Finish Strong Capital Campaign will ensure that our impact on the region accelerates to meet the needs of our homeless neighbors. With your help, we can be certain the impact and sustainability of the mission remains as strong as ever.
  • Continually identify new, creative, cutting-edge methods to address the increasing problem of homelessness and the opioid crisis so we renew hope and restore lives
  • Grow sustainability through the Vocational Training Center/Donation Center and expanding Thrift Stores
  • Improve resident program outcomes and impact through expansion to meet the ever increasing needs in the community
  • Begin plans to erect a new 50 bed women’s shelter when current City Mission debt is retired
  • Maintaining financial stability through careful management of existing financial components

The Background

In 2014, City Mission embarked on a capital campaign to build a shelter for homeless veterans.  Unfortunately, a devastating fire in June 2015 destroyed the four men’s dormitories, kitchen, dining facility, medical clinic, program offices, training rooms, and chapel.

Since that time, City Mission has spent more than $11 million to rebuild the campus and meet the needs of a growing opioid and homelessness crisis in Pennsylvania.  The use of federal New Market Tax Credits enabled City Mission to finish construction, continue uninterrupted services, and expand to meet the growing needs of the homelessness crisis.

The destruction caused by the fire created a mandate for quick funds to rebuild lost shelter beds and facilities.  At that time, $3.4 million of debt was assumed to fully meet the needs of clients. With the current numbers of homeless men, women, and children continuing to grow in our community, the debt service is now preventing City Mission from providing critical ministry to our neighbors in crisis.

With your support, more people can get off the streets, out of addiction, and onto a path of healing, independence and hope.

the ruins of the Chapel after the 2015 firekitchen after fire damage
newly constructed veterans houseribbon-cutting ceremony for the Women with Children Shelter

The Missional Impact

The effectiveness and outcomes of City Mission programs and services are primarily addressed through four key operations:

Single Women with Children Shelter

Expanded in 2018 from 16 to 46 beds to meet more needs in our community.  Current capacity is stretched every month and today over 60 women remain on the waiting list.
Veteran's Shelter

Veterans who stayed over 90 days show an average of 78% success in the areas of housing, employment, income, recovery and spirituality compared to an average success rate of 27% at other homeless shelter substance abuse treatment centers.
Men's Shelter

Expanded in 2018 from 60 to 90 beds and currently operates at 98% full capacity year-round.  The typical wait list is 5 to 10 men at any given time. The recovery success rate is 67% overall in substance abuse recovery.

Career Training and Education Center

Focuses on the relationship between joblessness and lack of sustainable housing and their impact on independent living. The Center is vital to the re-entry phase for client independence and has a 66% employment success rate.

The Vision

We know we can do more.

With God’s help — and yours — we can provide greater hope to the homeless in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. We can provide another bed, another meal, another glimmer of hope, another intervention, and another life transformed through the love of Christ.

Your support helps us restore more lives and guide the homeless and hopeless to a life of independence.  To accomplish this, we need your help.

mother holding child on corner sofa
newly constructed veterans house

The Goal – Finish Strong Campaign Budget

  • Loan payoff by 2024 $3,170,000
  • Capacity Building / Program Sustainability $600,000
  • Campaign expenses $230,000 (5.75% of total campaign goal)
  • Total campaign $4,000,000

All campaign gifts will go toward the debt reduction until fully retired.

With your generosity we will ensure that our doors will remain open to the homeless, so we don’t have to turn away anyone in need.  With your financial help and support, we can restore broken lives and transform them through the love of Christ.

“No other place nurtures your soul like this place.” Amanda, Former Resident

How You Can Help TRANSFORM Lives and help the “Finish Strong” Capital Campaign!

  1. Give a financial gift
    a.  Donate on our website today  Donateb.  Mail a donation to 84 W. Wheeling St. Washington, PA 15301
  2. Make a pledge to give an amount over the next 4 years. Call Dr. Sally Mounts at (724) 705-7122, smounts@citymission.org
  3. Give the proceeds of your charitable event to City Mission’s Capital Campaign
  4. Invite us to give a short presentation on our Capital Campaign to your corporation, church, or group. Call Dr. Sally Mounts at (724) 705-7122, smounts@citymission.org
  5. Introduce us to individuals whom you know might be interested in donating to the Capital Campaign

Questions or want more information: Call Judi Kovacicek at 724-222-8530 ext 289, jkovacicek@citymission.org or Dr. Sally Mounts at 724-705-7122, smounts@citymission.org

Campaign Newsletters

Would you like to review the latest information regarding our Capital Campaign?  Check out our Quarterly Capital Campaign Newsletter.
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. —  1 Corinthians 3:11