City Mission began in the 1970’s as a vision of Reverend
Michael T. Major, pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church,
Uniontown, PA, who saw the need for services to be provided
to homeless Fayette Countians. In 1980, the church obtained
a mortgage on the Mission's first location, the men's shelter
at 226 East Fayette Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, which
had a six-bed capacity. With the help of many volunteers,
the building was renovated and subsequently supported by
income obtained through the rental of three upstairs apartments.
In 1991, City Mission received tax-exempt status and began
an extensive campaign to solicit grant funds so that its
programs and services to the homeless could be expanded.
With the donation of a building to City Mission by the Third
Presbyterian Church of Uniontown, City Mission was able
to increase its services to include homeless women and their
children. This shelter at 217 Lenox Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
opened in 1996 after the agency received several large grants
which provided for both extensive remodeling and staffing
of the facility.
In December of 1998, City Mission opened the Gallatin School
Living Centre, a 30-unit housing and service complex, which
is owned by a partnership entity, the Gallatin School Limited
Partnership. The agency's largest facility to date, the
Gallatin School Living Centre provides City Mission clients
with safe and affordable long-term housing along with a
multitude of on-site support services. It is a 3-story structure,
which—because of its significant architecture—is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Eleven
(11) of the 30 residential units are 1, 2, and 3 bedroom
apartments in which residents may reside for a period of
not to exceed two years. Eighteen (18) Single Room Occupancy
units of housing are available at Gallatin for homeless
individuals. This facility also houses the Administrative
Offices of City Mission, a large community room, two laundry
facilities, two lounge areas and counseling spaces.
After another successful capital campaign in the spring
of 2002, City Mission opened its newest facility HOME AGAIN.
HOME AGAIN is a 14-bed facility that is specifically designed
to meet the residential and social service needs of youth
ages 12-17. HOME AGAIN targets youth who find themselves
temporarily homeless, others who may be victims of abuse
and neglect, or some who simply need respite services as
an alternative to a more restrictive hospital placement.
HOME AGAIN is a structured living environment, where case
management, individual and group counseling, personal life
skills training, and social development and adjustment services
are offered. HOME AGAIN also offers assessments for residents
that include educational, physical, emotional and general
health screenings to identify client needs that will be
met by HOME AGAIN staff. The approach to services at the
facility is client-focused but family-based with the primary
emphasis on family reunification.
The agency today employs approximately 28 individuals and
is currently in the process of developing a 4 unit permanent
supportive housing complex.