Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids


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 rating241 of 72553 of 145
Fund acquisition rating450 of 72686 of 145
Resource allocation rating388 of 72685 of 145
Asset utilization rating55 of 72511 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$10,455
Short-term investments$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0
Total current assets$26,444$6,424$11,376
Long-term investments$0$0$0
Fixed assets$243,899$293,115$140,235
Other long-term assets$28,817$28,417$135
Total long-term assets$272,716$321,532$140,370
Total assets$299,160$327,956$151,746
Payables and accrued expenses$56,452$58,271$65,723
Other current liabilities$0$0$37,464
Total current liabilities$56,452$58,271$103,187
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$58,379$59,922$0
Total liabilities$114,831$118,193$103,187
Net assets201820172012
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0
Net assets$184,329$209,763$48,559
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$64,459$164,730$177,172
Program service revenue$251,904$158,588$232,893
Membership dues$0$0$0
Investment income($15,438)$0$0
Other revenue$116$288$0
Total other revenue$236,582$158,876$232,893
Total revenue$301,041$323,606$410,065
Program services$254,095$250,888$309,549
Management and general$58,013$60,026$90,945
Total expenses$326,475$325,348$430,931
Change in net assets201820172012
Surplus (deficit)($25,434)($1,742)($20,866)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($25,434)($1,742)($20,866)

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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.