Human Services

Memphis Union Mission

  • Memphis, TN
  • http://www.MemphisUnionMission.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1945, Memphis Union Mission ministers 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.

ruling year

1951

chief executive for fy 2000

Mr. D. Scott Bjork

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Keywords

Memphis, Union, Mission, Homeless, Shelter, Recovery, Addiction, Christ, God, Jesus, Prayer, Bible, Homeless, Hurting

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EIN

62-0541811

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Last year, Memphis Union Mission was able to:Serve 313,149 nourishing meals to hungry men, women and childrenProvide 116,546 nights of safe lodgingServe over 3,000 individuals through emergency services and long-term residential recovery programs

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Memphis Union Mission's ministries include 1) The Men's Emergency Shelter, a shelter where homeless men, women and children receive free food, clothing, shelter and spiritual care; 2) Calvary Colony, a rural facility where men are enrolled in a long-term drug and alcohol recovery program; 3) The Wright Transitional House, a facility where men complete the recovery program's final phase as they work full-time; 4) Moriah House, a safe house and long-term recovery program for women and their children; 5) Intact Family Ministry, a program that provides short-term transitional housing for intact homeless families; 6) Grace Church, a non-denominational congregation that provides worship, fellowship and teaching for people from all walks of life.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Memphis Union Mission's ultimate objective is to help 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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    One strategy that Memphis Union Mission uses to achieve its objective is by providing long-term, residential recovery programs. The Mission's recovery program for men is called the Iron-On-Iron program, while the women's program is called the Moriah House program. Both programs are intensive, year-long programs that provided free of charge. Services that are provided to clients while enrolled in the programs include work training, life skills classes, pastoral care and counseling. Clients are also given access to education and literacy classes.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Mission's capability for providing these programs comes in part from the facilities that house them. The men's program is located on 160 acres of land near Shelby Forest, and the women's program is located on four acres in East Memphis. The capabilities also come from the staff and volunteers that run the programs and administer the various services.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    One of the main ways the Mission knows it's making progress is by tracking clients' progress through the programs and their graduation rates.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In 2015 alone the Mission has graduated over 20 men and women from its recovery programs.

Funding Needs

Memphis Union Mission's greatest needs are: Financial support to help the Mission expand and improve its services to the city's homelessFinancial support to fund the Mission's everyday ministry activitiesClothing, especially men's work clothing, socks, and underwearFood, including both perishable and non-perishableVolunteers

Affiliations + Memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member

Accreditations

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

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Financials

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MEMPHIS UNION MISSION
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Memphis Union Mission

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. D. Scott Bjork

BIO

Under the vision and leadership of Scott Bjork, Memphis Union Mission has experienced a renewal that has strengthened the ministry and helped propel it into the 21st Century. Scott's involvement with the Mission began first as a volunteer and donor, then as a member of the Board of Directors. While on the board, he was a member of the finance committee and later became the treasurer. Scott joined the staff of Memphis Union Mission in 2000 as the vice-president and COO, and he became the president and CEO in 2002. Before coming on staff, Scott owned his own business for nine years, spent 13 years in the trucking industry, and six years as an intermediary in the mergers and acquisitions industry. He and his wife, Mary, have been married since 1975, and they have been members of Grace Evangelical Church since 1994. Scott's vision is that through the work of the Holy Spirit, Memphis Union Mission will develop committed, obedient, and growing Christians who are able to impact their families, their community and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr John Roberts

Allstate Insurance

Term: Oct 2012 - Sept 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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