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Washington City Mission takes bus

| Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

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 jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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