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Naval Beach Group 2 Assists Union Mission

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080201-10
Release Date: 2/1/2008 11:40:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman (SW) Seth Scarlett, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Sailors from Commander Naval Beach Group (CNBG) 2 assisted the Union Mission Jan. 29 by helping the staff sort donations, clean spaces and feed clients.

Union Mission's have been helping homeless men, women and children since 1892 by providing them with job and life counseling, food, clothing and a safe place to sleep.

"Our mission is to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless," said Union Mission Public Relations Director, Linda Jones. "We don't have a very large staff and really depend on volunteers."

Originally built as a Navy YMCA, the Union Mission building in Norfolk has always had a long history with the military.

"We love the military and our relationship with them," said Jones. "Their loyal and faithful services here are always appreciated."

The Sailors of CNBG 2 have been working with Union Mission for the past few years and come together to assist the staff every month.

"We've been working with the Union Mission for some time now, and have had more than 150 Sailors from our command work with them over the last two years," said CNBG 2 Chaplain, Lt. Terry Roberts. "It's very rewarding work; being able to help others and receiving a blessing in return ourselves."

Community Relations Coordinator Engineman 1st Class (SW) Eleuteries Roman of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, a component of CNBG 2, not only organizes the events each month but also provides opportunities for Sailors to help out on the weekends.

"I came from a broken home myself and received help from a Union Mission," said Roman. "It's nice to be able to give them back the help I got when I needed it."

With another hard day of work complete, the Sailors of CNBG 2 look forward to next month's visit.

"I'm glad to be out here today for such a good cause," said Interior Communications Electrician Fireman Ashley Rodriguez from ACU 2, another component division of CNBG 2. "It feels good knowing we're here helping those who are in need."

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