January 2020

The Power of a Generous Community

Jan 9, 2020 1:05:06 PM

The Union Gospel Mission exists because of an extensive community of people like you.

People who recognize that they have been blessed and want to give back.

People who take seriously God’s command to love the poor.

People who share a belief in the value of hard work and recognize that recovery, getting your life back on track, is hard work.

People who believe a community that cares for the hurting is a better community for all.

Meaningful Investment

Jan 9, 2020 1:04:47 PM

We know God's plan includes caring for the poor, and He has invited us to be a part of that work – to bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort those who mourn, to defend the weak and share our food with the hungry. Thank you for your partnership with Union Gospel Mission in 2019. Read more in our January Newsletter.

Volunteer Case Managers

Jan 9, 2020 1:04:09 PM

When men enter the UGM Men's Shelter, building trust, listening and encouraging is key to helping men rebuild their lives. But all of that takes time.

November 2019

Where Change Begins

Nov 13, 2019 8:51:00 AM

Imagine yourself in these real-life situations.

You’re living in your car because you lost your job and your home. You can’t take a shower, let alone print a resume or get clean clothes for a job interview.

You’re sleeping on a couch in a drug house, just living for your next fix. You’ve tried to quit, but you’ve failed over and over.

You’re afraid to leave your abuser because you don’t know where you could go with your kids and be safe.

If someone said you need to change your life, you’d probably agree. But how? Where do you start?

The Source of Change

Nov 13, 2019 8:50:00 AM

If we trace all the ripple effects of change back to their source, we would ultimately make our way to the Babe in the manger.

Business Partners: Caramel Kitchen

Nov 13, 2019 8:49:00 AM

Brad and Stephanie Hunter own Caramel Kitchen. As business partners with UGM, they're helping single moms get back to work to support their families.

September 2019

Real People. Real Change.

Sep 10, 2019 11:10:14 AM

Our beliefs about God and His purposes shape how we serve the poor. UGM is here so people created in His image can experience real change in a safe, healing environment.

 

We believe no one was created for mere survival on the streets.

Creating a Change Environment

Sep 10, 2019 11:10:09 AM

One of UGM’s priorities is creating an environment conducive to real change.

Jim and Cheryl Strandy: Investing in Change

Sep 10, 2019 11:10:01 AM

The Strandys wanted to really help the homeless, to offer hope for real change. So they took the time to get up close and personal.

June 2019

Lifelong Recovery

Jun 11, 2019 1:36:06 PM

Five years.

It takes five years actively pursuing recovery for an addict to have a strong chance (about 85%) of lifelong recovery.

Five years minus the length of our recovery program leaves a gap of at least three years in which our clients are most vulnerable to relapse.

That’s a gap we’re working to bridge. Just like the program, the transition back into society must consider the needs of the whole person – spiritual, social, emotional, mental and physical – to be sustainable.

 

Homelessness: Defining the Problem

Jun 11, 2019 1:35:45 PM

Homelessness is a symptom of much more complicated issues. When we ignore those deeper issues, we are actually making the problem worse.