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cg+s Gives the Central Union Mission a New Home

May 6, 2014.

Washington’s oldest social service agency has spent the past few months settling into its new home in the heart of the nation’s capital.  After 90 years on Pennsylvania Avenue and 30 more on 14th street, the Central Union Mission relocated to the Gales School Building located at 65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in January of 2014. The Gales School was repurposed to meet the needs of the Central Union Mission, responsible for serving countless of the District’s homeless.  The Center’s leadership made the move to the Gales School giving the city’s homeless greater access to shelter, food and other basic necessities the organization provides.

For one resident of the shelter, the building under construction created a great deal of anticipation.  “It’s almost like waiting for Christmas,” he says, “to know that they’re going to have all these additional services, they’re going to be in an area that’s more centrally located — it’s just exciting to watch!”

cox graae + spack architects designed the new 34,000sf facility to include space to hold 160 beds, classroom areas, office space for medical, dental and legal use as well as spaces for day use to keep homeless off of the street both night and day.

The project’s sustainable design created by cg+s and mandated by the Enterprise Green Committee, will ease maintenance and upkeep responsibilities, making it possible to serve the community for years to come.

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