The first step toward receiving assistance through New Life Union Mission is to contact the Mission Assistance Ministry Office in your community by telephone or in person to initiate the interview process. An appointment for an assistance interview is normally scheduled at the soonest available opening. Please do not wait until the last day before services are to be cut-off or penalties are being applied to seek assistance with rent, utilities, etc. The Mission will not be able to process requests that fast and will not pay penalties for you. Our goal is to help you get through this emergency or difficult situation and be able to become self-sufficient.

Services Offered.

Emergency Grocery Assistance

Hot meals served Monday - Wednesday - Friday from 11:15 to 11:45 at the Dyersburg Campus

Partial Rent Assistance The Mission does not assist with deposits.

Partial Utility Assistance The Mission does not assist with deposits.


Thrift Stores.

The New Life Union Mission operates thrift stores in Dyersburg, Halls, and Ripley for two reasons. The first is to provide a place where people who cannot afford to shop at regular retail stores can shop with dignity and purchase the things they need. These are people who do not need and do not want the Mission to give them things. It makes them feel good to know that they can purchase the things they need for themselves or their families. Thrift store pricing makes this possible.

A second reason is to provide income the Mission can use to provide assistance and ministries to people in need along with covering daily operational expenses of the Mission. That is why everyone is welcome to shop. Thrift stores also create jobs for employees who are then able to provide for their families. The stores provide job training for people seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce, opportunities to complete community or school service hours, as well as a wonderful place to volunteer.

Youth Programs.

Mission Youth Clubs, Youth Enterprises, New Life Youth Camp

MYC – Mission Youth Center Clubs

The Mission offers MYC Clubs for children and youth in grades 1-12. The Clubs are set up for Primary School (Grades 1-2), Intermediate School (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12). Each club meets on a different afternoon/evening of the week. Our youth staff members and volunteers work with local schools and parents in the application process to determine which students best fit the Mission’s criteria for being at-risk and in need of club programs. Club activities include recreation time, homework time, snacks, crafts, Bible, field trips, and 4H. Students are transported to and from Club each day. A Boy Scout Troop meets on Wednesday afternoon. Club is free to children who attend. Why not consider volunteering at Club?

Youth Enterprises

Youth Enterprises is an extra program currently offered to High School students who are members of Mission Youth Clubs. Students design and make greeting cards which are then sold to the public. Students are able to earn money making the cards and learn principals of operating a business, and are taught qualities of a good employee. Local business and community leaders are invited to meet with the students to talk about the jobs available and the type of employee they look for. Youth Enterprises is directed by the Mission Youth Center Director and staffed by committed volunteers who are either active or retired from the local business community. Why not consider volunteering at Youth Enterprises or purchase Greeting cards?

New Life Youth Camp 

New Life Youth Camp operates in the summer on a farm setting in Northwest Lauderdale County just outside of Halls, TN. Different age groups come for one week at a time. Campers enjoy activities such as swimming, kayaking, paddle boards, canoes, farm animals, .inflatable water obstacle course, water slide, archery, crafts, chapel, Bible, hiking, and nature/wildlife presentations. Campers also receive a camp t-shirt! Older campers spend the night one night in the lodge and enjoy grilling out, campfire time and smores, nighttime trail hiking, and sometimes a movie. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day. Campers are transported to and from camp each day. Camp is free to children who attend. Campers are selected using the same criteria used to select Club members. Why not consider volunteering at Summer Camp?