The Memphis Union Mission ministers to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of men, women and families who are homeless, addicted, and in crisis.
Many homeless men live in fear of being robbed or physically attacked, and extreme temperatures can make sleeping on the streets further dangerous.
That's why providing safe, clean shelter for their overnight guests is so important.
Doing so gives hope to their guests, and communicates God's love to them in a practical way.
To create a physically safe environment for all of their guests, they do not tolerate violence of any kind, nor do they allow drugs, alcohol, or weapons in the building.
Any guest bringing these into their facility is immediately required to leave so that they can maintain a safe environment for everyone else.
When their shelter beds are full, particularly on cold nights, they set up over 100 additional temporary beds in their chapel and an additional 100 temporary beds at their Opportunity Center.
Every day of the year, the Mission provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Each year, they provide over 313,000 meals for the hungry.
Lunch is free and open to the public.
Lunch guests should arrive no later than 11 a.m.
Dinner is reserved for overnight guests.
Being on the streets can be dangerous, so they do what they can to encourage homeless individuals to stay off the streets and come into their facilities to get help.
One way they do so is by keeping their Emergency Shelter at 383 Poplar Ave. and their Opportunity Center at 600 Poplar Ave. open to the public during the day.
This allows guests to access their services, and helps to discourage loitering.
A clean set of clothing can restore a homeless person's sense of dignity, and can enable them to gain employment.
That's why they keep their clothes closet full of fresh shirts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear, coats, and accessories.
Memphis Union Mission does not operate a thrift store, and clothing is provided at no charge.
Men who are employed or receiving disability are eligible to stay on an extended-stay basis at their Opportunity Center at 600 Poplar Ave.
This facility features smaller, quieter dorm rooms and a positive environment for those who have demonstrated greater initiative and responsibility.
Mission Statement: Memphis Union Mission exists to glorify God and make disciples of Jesus Christ by ministering to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of men and women who are homeless or destitute. The Mission’s ultimate objective is for clients to: 1.) Become mature followers of Jesus Christ, 2.) Achieve freedom from substance abuse, 3.) Reunite with family and loved ones, and 4.) Reemerge as self-sufficient members of the community.