Washington City Mission takes bus
In an effort to spread the word on its work, the Washington City Mission was looking for a way to expand its message and work throughout the Mon Valley.
That's when Jerry Zahand Sr. of Highway Appliance in Dunlevy suggested using the one thing that is constantly moving throughout the area: The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority.
In a two-year deal, an authority bus will be wrapped in a Washington City Mission advertisement.
“This really started in November. Now it's becoming a reality,” Jerry Oxford, City Mission director of business operations, said Friday.
“It's a special wrap that if you're sitting inside the bus, you can still see out. I'm still in shock, because they just called me today and said the wrap is being put on the bus (Saturday).”
The wrap features photos of City Mission employees at work.
The City Mission, a homeless shelter that serves more than 100 men, women, and children, is located at 84 W. Wheeling St., Washington, Pa.
It also operates stores in the Mid-Mon Valley, one in Donora and another in Monongahela.
“Our Hidden Treasure thrift stores accept anything,” Oxford said. “Clothing of any kind ... stuff in good condition is great, but we take ripped stuff, too. We now take all electronics and furniture. ... We recycle what we can't use, so we take anything. All the money goes into the mission.”
The bus wrap is being designed by Sign-A-Rama of McMurray and will be put on the bus this morning.
“They called me and said they printed it, cut it and it was going on the bus,” Oxford said. “I'm assuming the bus will probably be out on the road Monday morning.”
The decal's photos will highlight all of the City Mission's components including the donation center, recycling center and thrift stores. All play intricate roles in the organization's goal to “end homelessness one life at a time.”
Oxford said he is seeking Mid-Mon Valley businesses as sponsors.
“We'll use their logos, names and phone numbers ... they'll ride with us for the two years,” Oxford said.
Any business wishing to become a sponsor on the City Mission bus can call Oxford at 724-222-8530.
“We help people throughout the Mon Valley. The goal of putting this message out there is so people know the services we offer,” Oxford said.
“We're really looking to spread our message and contribute to the people in the Mon Valley that need it the most.”
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Italian American Sports Hall of Fame honors Mid-Mon Valley trio
- Cal U cheerleading squad captures national title
- Lawmaker eyes Charleroi street woes
- Ringgold goal to foster excellence
- Charleroi man charged in fatal crash to stand trial
- Alleged Bunola shooter out of hospital
- Top students named at California Area High School
- Holiday weekend memories abound for 1965 enthusiast
- ‘Misfits’ shoot video for tour in Monessen
- Drug charges continue to mount against North Belle Vernon man
- Firefighters snuff out N. Charleroi house blaze, car fire