Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids

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The Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids, Inc. helps people with issues related to homelessness and assists in hunger relief. Our "soup kitchen" serves the evening meal 365 days per year. About half of the operating budget of Union Mission comes from the sale of used clothing, thrift items, and the recycling of well used clothing.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids
1310 Roanoke Ave.
PO Box 968
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Website: unionmissionrorap.org

Phone: 252-537-3372

Email: barbara.owensum@gmail.com

Organization details

EIN: 560649264

CEO/President: Sabrina Lawson


Board size: 10

Founder: Carson Blanton

Year founded: 1961

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Mission statement

Our mission in the Roanoke Valley is to meet, through the power of Jesus Christ, the needs of the whole person - spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, vocational, and social - so hurting individuals may become fully functioning members of society.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating228 of 91344 of 160
Fund acquisition rating386 of 91571 of 160
Resource allocation rating540 of 91592 of 160
Asset utilization rating59 of 91312 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$34,163$26,444$6,424$82$915
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$215,990$243,899$293,115$321,023$226,897
Other long-term assets$28,817$28,817$28,417$0$0
Total long-term assets$244,807$272,716$321,532$321,023$226,897
Total assets$278,970$299,160$327,956$321,105$227,812
Payables and accrued expenses$0$56,452$58,271$64,350$63,655
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$7,000$7,000
Total current liabilities$0$56,452$58,271$71,350$70,655
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,537$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$177,575$58,379$59,922$22,198$0
Total liabilities$177,575$114,831$118,193$93,548$70,655
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$101,395$184,329$209,763$0$0
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$101,395$184,329$209,763$227,557$157,157
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$168,540$64,459$164,730$208,446$203,856
Program service revenue$195,011$251,904$158,588$200,673$214,869
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0($15,438)$0$0$0
Other revenue$283$116$288$0$0
Total other revenue$195,294$236,582$158,876$200,673$214,869
Total revenue$363,834$301,041$323,606$409,119$418,725
Program services$260,422$254,095$250,888$259,040$209,734
Management and general$58,084$58,013$60,026$157,483$113,449
Total expenses$333,157$326,475$325,348$426,697$329,559
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$30,677($25,434)($1,742)($17,578)$89,166
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$30,677($25,434)($1,742)($17,578)$89,166


Mike CurrinExecutive Director$13,108

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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 12/28/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Carson Blanton, in 1951, set out to reach the community out of a sincere commitment of telling homeless people about the love of God. As the years have progressed, Union Mission continues to touch people for Christ through loving acts of kindness, food, clothing, shelter, and friendship.

Our Men's Program is one of our oldest programs at Union Mission. Rev. Carson Blanton began the mission with homeless men in mind. With the help of First Baptist Church, Roanoke Rapids, NC and through consultation with Rev. Pat Withrow of Union Mission Ministries in Charleston, WV, our journey of "Touching" began in an old "Pool hall" just a few doors down from our current location.

An organized and highly structured program of recovery was begun about 20 years ago and in 2007 Rev. LaCount Anderson began the structured programming the men at the Mission enjoy today. Spiritual disciplines, Bible study, conflict management, counseling, and work therapy make up a very busy day for men who are enrolled in our Men's Program.

We started ministry to women in 2013 with a need and then an idea. We began to realize there was not adequate help for homeless women and children. Soon we tried an idea. The idea was to have a moving homeless shelter for women and children that would meet during the winter months. We called it Room At The Inn. Several churches in the area allowed us to use their educational space. With volunteers from each church we moved around the city from church to church; week-to-week. During that winter we had 6 ladies participate and we are proud to say that 5 of these ladies were able to get permanent housing as a result of our ministry with them.

In September 2016, after a couple of years of renovating a 1920's style house, we opened the doors to a permanent women's shelter we still call Room At The Inn.

We serve homeless women with 1-2 children (ages newborn to 10 if boys) who present themselves to Union Mission for help. The structured program of recovery includes Bible study, work therapy, study of spiritual disciplines, and referrals to outside resources if needed. The Room At The Inn is under 24 hour supervision with a resident manager.

Program accomplishments

Last year our ministry distributed 8,562 banana boxes of food that impacted 9,755 homes during the year.