Union Mission Ministries

Union Mission Ministries Help those who cannot help themselves! Donate Now! It has been estimated that there are around 2.5 million homeless people living in the United States.

With the combined efforts of the Union Mission Ministries, and the community these people will be able to have food, shelter, and hope for a better future. This organization prides itself on being able to help more and more people each and everyday. We strive to be a solution to the problems that people are faced with each and everyday. These problems could include drug and alcohol abuse that has forced them into homelessness, losing a job, or those who cannot make it pay check to pay check.

The Union Mission Ministries has been a very involved organization in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach community for over a century. After being founded in 1892 by a group of Christian men, they made it their duty to help those who could no longer help themselves. This organization has continued to seek out those who have fallen off the path, and push them in the right direction. Although they were founded under a Christian faith they do not discourage those who do not hold the same beliefs; their main focus is to give people the help that they need. We started off with one small shelter in Norfolk, however, that did not stop us from continuing to serve the needy. That one small shelter has evolved into nine different ministries that range from Norfolk to Virginia Beach. Now, we are able to serve more than ever before.

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Help someone have a better Christmas! Donate just $1.92 for a complete meal!

Help someone have a better Christmas! Donate just $1.92 for a complete meal!

The help has been huge! Jersey Mikes donated $10,000 on May 4, 2011 through it's March "Month of Giving"! This money all...

The help has been huge! Jersey Mikes donated $10,000 on May 4, 2011 through it's March "Month of Giving"! This money allowed for the re-stock of supplies and food needed in order to give back!

It just takes a helping hand in order to give back! To take action call (757) 627-8686

It just takes a helping hand in order to give back! To take action call (757) 627-8686


How We've Helped: The Story of Karen Sweeney

Just like many others, Karen Sweeney had big goals about what life was going to bring her. She believed she was destined for something great; bigger than life. All of these dreams were compromised in 1992 when she began to experiment with ma*****na and crack co***ne. Like many do, she became very addicted. She was unable to kick the drugs out as easily as she did her family and friends. Her whole world began to crumble around her, leaving her abandoned with no one to turn to. Sweeney lost custody of her 9-year-old son, Jared after hitting rock bottom.However, something life altering happened to Karen Sweeney that gave her the chance to really open her eyes to everything she had lost. In October of 2000, Karen was in a car accident that left her in a coma for five days. The accident could have left her dead, and was said to be a miracle that she survived. However, she wasn’t off the hook yet because police later found drugs in her car that definitely could have contributed to the accident. This left her to serve three months in Tidewater Women’s Detention Center where she her eyes were opened to the fact that she needed help. In February of 2001 she reached out to Union Mission Ministries for help through the “Second Chance Program”. She also began attending church regularly and said that she was now being “drawn to the Lord” more than ever before. Sweeney was started to see what life really had to offer and the salvation of God, and knew she wanted her son back, and her life back. However, this would prove to be difficult because to do so, she would need a job, apartment, and surgery for her leg that was injured in the surgery; none of which she had. With her new found faith she put everything she had forward and in June 2001 received the surgery she needed, and recommendation to social services to get her son back. From generous donations, Union Mission Ministries was able to get Karen a furnished apartment so her and her son could start life over. She was able to receive custody of her son on November 28th, and now has redirected her life and is a counselor for her church.


120 Brooke Avenue
Norfolk, VA

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How We Serve: *Women's Shelter *Men's Shelter *Hope Haven Children's Home *Camp Hope Haven *New Life Center *Industrial Program and Thrift Store


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