Washington City Mission

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For over 75 years, City Mission has shared Christ, sheltered, healed, and restored the homeless to independent living-without discrimination. City Mission's comprehensive program addresses both short-term needs like food and shelter, and long-term needs, including drug and alcohol counseling, mental health and medical treatment, legal aid, and employment training. Our goal is to help each man, woman, mother with children, or veteran who walks through our doors to become a healthy, productive member of society. With your help, we help our residents renew their lives.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Washington City Mission
84 W. Wheeling St
Washington, PA 15301

Website: citymission.org

Phone: 724-222-8530

Email: gporter@citymission.org

Organization details

EIN: 251051749

CEO/President: Dean Gartland

Chairman: Robert J. Winters

Board size: 10

Founder: Reverend Burt McCausland

Year founded: 1953

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


At City Mission, a Christ-centered rehabilitative homeless shelter, we facilitate this transformation by providing food, shelter, case management, biblical based counseling, and life-changing programming. We are dedicated to restoring the whole person through a Christ center approach that expresses God's love for them.

Our goal is to help each person who comes to City Mission to move from a life in crisis to a thriving life that is achieved through our broad spectrum of services and connections to community resources to ensure sustained recovery leading to independent living.

At City Mission providing RECOVERY, TRANSFORMATION, and RESTORATION in the lives of the homeless on their journey to independent living is paramount.

Mission statement

City Mission exists to share Christ, to shelter, to heal,and to restore the homeless to independent living-without discrimination. A person's descent into homelessness can only be transformed into an ascent into recovery that eliminate the barriers to independent living.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating788 of 844148 of 154
Fund acquisition rating762 of 844145 of 154
Resource allocation rating766 of 844141 of 154
Asset utilization rating514 of 844109 of 154

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,075,512$1,077,279$1,925,275$1,761,846$435,980
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,212,460$1,304,506$6,861,736$2,315,249$1,619,295
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,243,674$2,306,279$9,373,607$6,907,855$1,707,402
Other long-term assets$8,631,439$8,619,100$9,174,789$433,632$0
Total long-term assets$10,875,113$10,925,379$18,548,396$7,341,487$1,707,402
Total assets$12,087,573$12,229,885$25,410,132$9,656,736$3,326,697
Payables and accrued expenses$987,357$675,439$666,663$927,655$170,277
Other current liabilities$0$70,983$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$987,357$746,422$666,663$927,655$170,277
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$11,027$495
Total long-term liabilities$3,641,216$3,710,331$18,535,000$2,655,190$495,995
Total liabilities$4,628,573$4,456,753$19,201,663$3,582,845$666,272
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$148,955$885,962$1,741,960$1,280,365$1,010,027
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$7,459,000$7,773,132$6,208,469$6,073,891$2,660,425
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Total contributions$4,033,943$5,171,919$787,106$6,324,462$3,946,863
Program service revenue$67,302$32,509$10,601$32,047$37,253
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$184,519$173,571$86,914$1,950$1,126
Other revenue$2,441,334$2,120,443$384,587$2,301,708$1,475,527
Total other revenue$2,693,155$2,326,523$482,102$2,335,705$1,513,906
Total revenue$6,727,098$7,498,442$1,269,208$8,660,167$5,460,769
Program services$4,739,794$4,934,102$1,234,449$3,728,112$3,691,700
Management and general$1,100,123$814,306$170,606$636,100$791,282
Total expenses$7,041,230$6,905,531$1,661,908$5,246,701$5,240,969
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($314,132)$592,911($392,700)$3,413,466$219,800
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($314,132)$592,911($392,700)$3,413,466$219,800


Dean GartlandCEO & Presid$116,411

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/27/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


At City Mission we have a proud and rich history of service to our community. From our humble beginnings in 1941 as a small ministry to larger Christian-based operation serving over 100,000 meals per year and providing housing to 160 people - City Mission remains a selfless servant of the community.

1941: Reverend Edward Burt McCausland, the founder of City Mission, holds the first chapel service in a small storeroom at 404 West Main Street.

1942: The Mission moves to 322 W. Chestnut St. A men's dormitory opens with a 15-bed shelter and provides free meals to homeless and poor men. The staff holds Child Evangelism classes, Sunday school, nightly chapel, prayer meetings, street meetings, a weekly service at the County Jail and does visitation to hospitals, homes, and the jail.

1943: McCausland opens Hayes Avenue Mission, a branch of City Mission. Around 60 children from the area participate in Sunday school, Child Evangelism classes, picnics, and holiday events. City Mission Founder, Burt McCausland, with his wife, Avis. Sharing the Gospel at a City Mission chapel service in 1941.

1943: On September 13, 1943, Burt McClausland and Avis Pattison marry and continue the work of City Mission as co-superintendents.

1963: First Christian Church, 84 West Wheeling Street, becomes home to City Mission. The ministry expands services to the homeless and more than triples its shelter capacity. The men's shelter, chapel, dining room, and other services remain at this site today.

1977: Burt McCausland retires after 36 years of faithful service as superintendent of City Mission.

1980: Rescue missions across the United States work to address the problem of sheltering the country's fastest-growing population of homeless- the family.

1986: Avis Arbor Women's Shelter, named after Avis McCausland, opens as a safe haven for hurting homeless women and their children. Avis Arbor provides shelter, hot meals, counseling, spiritual guidance, and security to 13 women and children.

1993: Francis L. King, then-mayor of Washington, proclaims Washington City Mission Day to celebrate the millionth meal served. At this time, the Mission serves about 6,000 meals each month, and operates seven Helping Hand thrift stores. With a 70-bed capacity, the Mission is the largest shelter facility in the tri-county area.

2000: With the assistance and generosity of a local couple, City Mission's board of directors votes to acquire three buildings adjacent to the current location to be used for future shelter and transitional housing. City Mission Founder, Burt McCausland.

2003: An expanded Avis Arbor opens, increasing the Mission's capacity by 47%. The Mission remains the largest private shelter in the tri-county area with the capacity to serve 69 men and 32 women and children. The Mission also serves over 125,000 meals annually.

2008: The HEIRS program is created. HEIRS is a comprehensive program focusing on Housing, Employment, Income Development, Recovery, and Spiritual Development. In 2008, City Mission begins using this model to create metrics for measuring the effectiveness of programs and the success of residents. Since then, this model has been adopted by several rescue mission nationwide.

2011: On February 7, City Mission celebrates the 70th Anniversary of serving the poor, homeless, and working poor in Washington County PA.

2015: Much of City Mission is destroyed in a fire, including three men's dormitories, the medical center, the kitchen, the dining hall, and the chapel. City Mission residents sleep on borrowed cots in the Washington High School cafeteria before moving into temporary trailers until the burned-down buildings could be restored. The local community rallies to help, and the Mission creates a $14 million strategic rebuilding plan called "Renew 2020"

2010: Current CEO/President, Dean Gartland takes office

2009: The Mission receives a grant from the Washington County Hospital Authority to establish a Cognitive Enhancement Therapy Program at the Mission.

2016: The new Men's Shelter is completed, and the residents move in, June 2016. The new kitchen and dining facility begins serving residents and the community in June 2016. City Mission purchases a 40,000 square foot warehouse to serve as Vocational Training Center for residents and a Donation Center for the City Mission Thrift Stores. City Mission residents enjoying the new dormitory. In September, City Mission holds a groundbreaking ceremony for the new homeless shelter for veterans, which will house 22 veterans in need.

2018: City Mission expands their capacity from 96 to 160 beds. City Mission opens their new Medical Center facility and expands the medical services available to City Mission residents. City Mission's Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House opened on July 3,2018. City Mission holds a flag-raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House, which opens in July and houses 22 homeless veterans for up to 18 months. In September, City Mission holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of their newly-expanded Women with Children Center, which now provides 11 cozy and uniquely-designed apartments for women with children. Full-time child care is provided at the on-site Child Care Center. The total capacity for the shelter is 32 beds. City Mission launches a new Drug-free Pain Management Clinic to help residents manage chronic and acute pain without the use of medication.

Program accomplishments

In Fiscal Year 2020, City Mission Provided:

119,631 meals

42,4616 bed nights

9,492 bags of food for the community

10,789 medical clinic services


City Mission's work is only possible by the community and businesses of Southwestern Pennsylvania's generous donation of time and treasure. If you, your business, or church would like to be part of bringing hope to those hurting in our region, or partner with us to deliver the same - please take action today.