More than food, shelter or even the air we breathe, we need Jesus.
That’s why the gospel is the cornerstone of UGM, holding up everything we do and believe. Our need for Him unites UGM staff, residents, volunteers, and partners around the cross – and the empty tomb – of Jesus.
Resurrection (new life) is what makes UGM not just a well-meaning charitable organization but a Spirit-empowered partnership of believers and churches, sharing the good news with people trapped in spiritual poverty and death.
Charity Mchaffie was one of those people.
Church connections are vital for ongoing recovery when residents transition out of UGM. The Body of Christ is a crucial resource when the old challenges resurface.
“You will never amount to anything.” “You’re a failure.” When you’ve grown up hearing lies, you begin to believe them. But the most dangerous lies are not the ones we believe about ourselves; they’re the ones we believe about God
Here are just a few of the partnerships that helped the homeless at UGM in 2018.
The past year has also brought concern over homelessness in downtown Spokane. But the solution isn't just to open more shelters, build more low-cost housing, or create more feeding programs.
“I can go without. But I will not let my daughter sleep on the streets.”
Kylee shows the desperation and resolve of a homeless mom with a three-year-old.
There are more people like Kylee than you might expect. Homeless families make up 41% of the homeless population nationwide, and UGM shelters about 113 women and 52 children every single night at three locations. Each has a unique story, but there are a few common threads that stand out: domestic violence, addiction, poverty, mental illness, and the tenacity with which any mother can fight for her kids.
Jim Illback gives his valuable computer skills and quite a bit of his time to support UGM's ministries. He volunteers because he genuinely enjoys using those skills to serve the Lord.
When discouragement comes, the only antidote is powerful truth. Not the pale sentiment of a Hallmark card, but the radical truth of Christmas and the coming of the Great Light that is Jesus.
“All my needs were met when I got here. The food, the shelter, and the fellowship. … I tried to do it on my own, and I couldn’t do it.” - Mike
Mike Baker is a self-described mountain man who, for a lot of years, preferred the company of trees to people. When he found himself living in his car in North Idaho, the thought of coming to the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane scared him, but the support and fellowship he found surprised and changed him.
As you read Mike’s story, you’ll see some themes common among people experiencing homelessness.
To be people after God’s heart, we must defend the weak and fatherless, share our food with the hungry, be openhanded toward the needy and proclaim to the poor: “God loves you. You are of infinite value to Him.” Your partnership reflects the heart of God. Thank you!
The medical clinic serving homeless women and children at the new Crisis Shelter facility is a place of safety and healing in every sense.
Most of the people finishing the UGM LIFE Recovery Program this month experienced trauma as young children: Abuse. Neglect. Abandonment. Homelessness.
Those experiences left emotional wounds that were covered up and left to fester. The children became adults and sometimes looked fine for years, but the wounds were still there.
Left alone, that pain grew until it couldn’t be ignored and they’d do anything to make it go away.
That’s why people who have gone through multiple traumas as children are 7-10 times more at risk for alcohol and drug abuse, with all its destructive consequences.
The following stories are hard to hear – even harder for them to tell – but only by listening to the stories can we begin to understand how those wounds can be healed.
While most of us have not experienced the severe trauma many UGM residents have, we do carry scars from experiences and words that hurt us, and if we’re not intentional about diving into the truth of who God says we are, those old wounds can become labels that limit and define us.
For people who come from broken or dysfunctional families, plugging into a local church provides the healthy “family” they need to continue to thrive. Church involvement is one of the most important keys to ongoing recovery after moving out of UGM.
Jolene is beautiful. Her cheerful countenance overflows with love, especially for her two children.
Two years ago, she was sleeping in abandoned buildings and couch-surfing at drug houses. No home. No contact with her kids. No hope.
The Jolene we know today is a miraculous work of God.
Chapel providers Margene and Jerome Nobles have embraced the opportunity to heal broken hearts by sharing the Gospel of Jesus.
Thousands of individuals, churches and businesses came together to be part of God’s miracles of provision and transformation, big and small, in 2017. Here are just a few of the highlights – including a few bonus items we didn’t have room for in the print edition!
2017 was a year of strengthening and solidifying ministry work throughout UGM. Who is God going to send our way this year?
Over the past several years, Union Gospel Mission has seen an increase in the number of young moms with children coming to our shelters.
“Helping young moms in crisis is vastly different than helping single women,” said JoAnn Zajicek, Director at the UGM Center for Women & Children. “You have the abuse, the addiction, the unhealthy coping mechanisms, but you also have women trying to be good mothers when they haven’t been parented well themselves. Sometimes you have children raising children. They desperately want family and, consequently, are often drawn into unhealthy relationships. We have to teach them how to stay present in discomfort, how to do the difficult work of being a single parent without numbing or running away.”
Barely 18 when she came to the Center, Martha is an example of the new face of homelessness.
Growing up without a father, Martha started partying at 13. “It was just my mom raising me and that’s just not the way that God designed it so when we step out of God’s design, then the enemy has so much room to move and destroy and kill and steal. So there were a lot of things stolen from me definitely.
Mom paid close attention to our hearts. She modeled love and forgiveness. I know I would not be who I am today without the loving influence of my mother.
Many children in our shelters have experienced trauma in their short lives, and all of them need to know they are loved and cherished. Enter volunteer Ronnie.
In the 37 years since he joined the Navy out of high school, Jody Littleford has worked. Hard.
Launching and landing aircraft on a carrier. Loading, driving and unloading trucks. Building displays. Construction. Electrical work. Plumbing. Fiberglass repair on boats. All physically taxing jobs.
Jody didn’t mind that. “I love working, actually.”
After a few years getting people to “move along,” Jon felt God's nudge: “I needed to stop sending the homeless away and start telling them about Jesus instead.”
To determine what is truly loving our homeless neighbors, we must ask ourselves: What does this person need – not just in the moment but long-term?
"I'm going to give my kids a different life. And I get to do that because I chose life over death." - Jocelyne
Addictions don’t cause homelessness.
You may question that statement if you’ve been around homeless shelters and seen the toll addictions take on people’s lives – destroying their bodies, stealing their resources, isolating them from loved ones.
But to get to the root causes of homelessness, UGM recovery counselors have learned to delve down to what’s hiding under the addiction.
Research shows a strong link between what are now called “adverse childhood experiences” – abuse, neglect, abandonment, domestic violence – and self-destructive behavior in adulthood.
The men and women coming through the doors of the Union Gospel Mission have damaged hearts. We must address issues of the heart if we want to end homelessness.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
God’s Word in the Bible, and the wonderful hope of salvation it describes, is a cornerstone of the Union Gospel Mission. It is the lamp of truth by which we can see where we’re going.
For our guests, as for anyone else who decides to follow Jesus, the journey of faith is not generally smooth, comfortable, sunny, straight and obvious. We need a trustworthy lamp in order to navigate it safely.
Recovery residents Rex and Heather both came to faith in Jesus before coming to UGM. But neither of them could handle the problems in their lives, external and internal, without the ongoing help of God’s Word and His people. That’s why He brought them, even against their inclination, to UGM.
The world needs the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, love with the power to turn hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, love with the power to erase shame
In January, the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children celebrated its 10th anniversary, and thanks to many of you, they did it in a newer, much larger location
Ann | Mentee
After 25 years working in social services, Ann was exhausted. Raising two sons by herself had taken its toll. After they moved out, she quit her job and found she was alone with a person she didn’t like - herself. “I just stopped ... believing that there was anything left for me to do. I was old and I was a burden.” Unhealed wounds from the past cropped up, dragging her self-worth even lower. She withdrew from friends and family, and her isolation fed a spiral into darkness.
“I was ready to die. I was more ready to die than I was to live.”
In 2010, UGM leadership undertook the task of creating our first strategic plan. We decided there was an important piece missing: partnership...Read More >
One of the most beautiful extensions of personal healing and recovery is the reunification and restoration of families. Moms get their children back. Children get their moms back.
Addiction creates chaos and instability and affects a mother’s ability to parent. Addicts live in survival mode, often oblivious to their children’s needs and ill-equipped to meet those needs. Children end up neglected, abused or separated from their families of origin.
Elizabeth, a resident in UGM Recovery, explained the dilemma she experienced trying to be a mom to her daughter, Celine, while in her addiction:
We talk a lot in Christian circles about the commercialization of Christmas. But here at UGM, we see some of the most amazing gifts... Read More >
UGM residents express deep appreciation for what they are given every single day. But there’s something particularly special about being given...Read More >
Geraldine Fait’s connection to UGM goes all the way back to the Mission’s earliest days. Her husband, Fred, was a policeman assigned to... Read More >
Bob McConkey, owner of DAA Northwest and McConkey Auction Group, isn’t afraid to mix business and faith. “We’re not shy about our faith... Read More >
Roberta, Kathi, and Ginger - lovingly referred to by the Center staff as the "faithful team" - earned their nickname because of their dedication to volunteering in the kitchen at the Center for Women and Children every Wednesday.
Compassion and accountability seem to be conflicting themes in Scripture. We are told to give freely to the poor, and also that work is good.... Read More >
Help keep homeless men, women, and children warm this winter by providing warm, thick socks and hats, in all sizes... Read More >
Paul and Virginia serve meals to homeless men, women, and children every week. "We believe we were blessed to be a blessing"... Read More >
It’s easy to look at a homeless person and see only his or her homelessness – the weathered face, the cardboard sign, the worn clothes, the desperation. It’s easy to forget that, first and foremost, he or she is a human being, created in the image of God.
We see – and judge – by appearances. The problem is with the health of our heart and how that affects our sight... Read More >
Brent explained his motivation: “Being involved and serving with UGM,” Brent said, “will change your life and another's in the process.” Read More >
The Beldens said they particularly appreciate the holistic approach at UGM – what Stephanie calls, “the whole package.” Read More >
Through partnerships with businesses and the community in general, UGM helps men and women find jobs, jobs that allow them to support themselves, contribute to society and, as much as possible, tap into their gifts and passions. Residents begin to see that work is less about just getting by and more about making a meaningful contribution.
I saw this quote on a reader board near the Mission recently, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work.” Read more >
For three years, UGM has been in a state of anticipation. We have watched the average number of guests grow to 87 per night. We need your help >
As a volunteer job coach at UGM, Randy recognizes the importance of building confidence and preparing men to re-enter the workforce... Read More >
UGM Camp is up and running for the summer, and each week is an opportunity to show at-risk youth the unconditional love of Christ... Learn More >
Rather than outward conformity to a new set of behaviors, UGM LIFE Recovery is about transformation from the inside out. From building healthy relationships to dealing with unwanted thoughts and feelings to finding meaningful employment, recovery that lasts addresses the whole person.
The four men and women featured here want more than sobriety. They recognize the importance of addressing recovery in every area of their lives and plan to continue doing just that.
I have often heard the counselors in the UGM recovery programs refer to their work as “re-parenting.” The parallels are clear... Learn More >
Graduation really marks the beginning of a lifetime journey, and attending graduation is one way you can encourage these men and women... Read More >
For nearly two years, the men and women in UGM recovery live in an uplifting community, and then, they must re-enter society... Read More >
For Founder George F. Whitworth’s 200th birthday, Whitworth University initiated a creative partnership with Union Gospel Mission... Read More >
Throughout her life, LeAnna Vargas was repeatedly treated as though she had no value, and eventually, she began to believe she didn’t. Feeling increasingly unlovable, her heart began to harden toward love.
Child abuse, sexual assault, and her own drug addiction made LeAnna skeptical of ever finding acceptance.
“My whole life, I’ve just been running amok, searching for people to love me for myself, and I never knew that I could ever find that in anybody. I didn’t have love.”
Hurt and angry from what seemed a fruitless search, LeAnna put a guard up to protect herself. “I was mean, heartless, cold, deceitful.”
We know that men and women, previously unaware of any spiritual need in their lives, often have their eyes opened during chapel... Read More >
Do you prefer to get involved in helping our homeless guests in a hands-on, tangible way? Service projects offer a great opportunity to do so! Learn More >
Everybody wins when men, women, children are helped. The people in need, when they know there's support behind them, it's the wind at their back. It gives them strength, gives them hope.
Family of Faith offers an accepting environment where people can hear the gospel, feel supported, and begin to change... Read More >
“I was in a constant cycle of me, me, me, and that’s all it consisted of. I didn’t care who I hurt, who I stole from in order to get high.”
Tim O’Neil had two priorities – himself and his addiction.
He used drugs to deal with feelings of shame; shame from believing he was never enough and, ironically, shame from his addiction.
“I was on the streets, lost in a lot of shame and guilt, lost in my addiction and didn’t know another way to deal with it other than run and use more drugs.”
The shame from his addiction kept him from connecting with his family. Disconnecting from loved ones only resulted in more shame and in turn, “I used drugs to cover up that pain.” Tim was caught in a downward spiral.
He isolated himself, using a tough façade to mask his shame. “I used to do all kinds of horrible stuff to people. I didn’t care about anyone’s feelings.”
We are all tempted to seek pleasure, joy and relief from pain in behaviors and objects that cannot ultimately satisfy... Read More >
With your help, UGM creates a strong community where people receive grace and feel accepted and loved... Learn More >
After 33 years of service, Russ retired. He and his wife Reeta came to Spokane and devoted their lives to helping others... Read More >
Raydeane Owens, lead pastor at Heart of the City Church in Coeur d’Alene, recently described why the church believes it’s important to... Read More >
IN HER PURSUIT OF PLEASURE, Rachel lost her joy.
Disillusioned with the church, she ran away from God and became disconnected from family.
“In the back of my mind, I cared about family, but I had such a negative view on what being a Christian was, I didn’t want to hear about how I needed to come to God.
“I backed away from trying to have a relationship because I knew I was doing things [my family] didn’t approve of. I cut myself off from them. I wouldn’t return their phone calls… I didn’t want to answer the questions they had for me, like about drinking or partying or about a relationship with God…I was too ashamed of myself.”
Life and death. Joy and sorrow. Growth and pain. Life is a mix of the good and the bad. Becoming a Christian doesn’t magically change that... Read More >
For the men, women, and children staying at our shelters, the holidays can be difficult. Christmas serves as a reminder of what they lack... Read More >
Heritage Health, a faithful partner to the Center’s medical clinic from day one, is now offering the specialized counseling services... Read More >
One of the first churches to get involved with UGM’s summer youth ministry, Christ the Redeemer brings a group of at-risk youth to camp... Read More >
Here at UGM, we are grateful that Jesus pursued David, that he came to UGM, that he committed to 18 months in pursuit of life transformation... Read More >
UGM could not do what it does without volunteers. We are deeply grateful for the rich variety of talents they bring to the ministry... Read More >
When Jack heard about the plans for a new UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, he funded the rescue side of the Center... Read More >
Trace spent 15 years intermittently homeless, fluctuating from employed to unemployed, living on the streets or in an RV without heat, running water or electricity. “A box on wheels.” The thing he longed for most? A shower.
When we allow our impressions to become assumptions about people’s motives and character, the damage can be devastating.
How many times have you pulled up to a stop light and seen someone with a cardboard sign, wanting help? You want to show compassion, but how? Learn More >
Milan DeRuwe wanted to see men coming through the Mission have access to education and resources that would open doors to fulfilling careers... Read More >
Long before Randy Altmeyer was old enough to work, he was part of the Union Gospel Mission. His dad, Harry Altmeyer, was a board member... Read More >
Prisoner. Addict. Homeless. Drunk. When we use labels, we miss out on seeing people for who they really are. We confuse peoples’ actions with their identities.
Looking in from the outside, people might have labeled Shannon Duval a druggie, a jailbird, an unfit mother or even a loser.
When she was 21, Shannon gave birth to Evan, who was born prematurely. For 2 months, Shannon was unsure whether Evan would live. She used drugs to deal with the fear and uncertainty.
When Evan finally did get better, Shannon stopped using. Over the course of the next three years, she had two more children and earned her college degree.
We've been using the slogan “Hope starts here” for years, and I’ve thought I got it, but after a trip to a large city, I see it in a new way.
This may sound crazy, but one of the best things you can do to help break the cycle of homelessness is to visit one of our shelters... Learn More >
I’d learned a lot about Jesus, and I thought I’d try to be His hands and feet. I ask Jesus to give me His eyes to see the kids to love them... Read More >
Thank you for all the ways you partner with us to care for children and youth in our area! Learn More >
You showed me grace.
Kevin Schmieder has relapsed twice in the process of recovery.
“My first stay at UGM was in 2011. I knew something needed to change and I gave it a shot. I really tried, I just wasn’t ready to fully surrender, and I ended up leaving program early.”
We recently asked Summit staff member Audrey Feetham some questions about the church’s partnership with UGM.
You helped me find freedom.
Freedom. Stop for a moment and think about that word. What does it mean to you? Do you feel truly and deeply free? Have you ever felt the opposite – trapped? captive?
We asked about 20 men and women living in our shelters how they would describe freedom. Their answers varied widely. One guest at the Crisis Shelter for Women & Children described it like this: “To go and do what you wanna do, when you wanna do it, however you wanna do it, how long you wanna do it.”
Jesus Christ satisfies our deepest longings and gives us the power to say no to the imposters who promise fulfillment but cannot deliver.
Poor work history. Felony record. Long periods of unemployment. Addiction issues. Lack of education. No transportation. No appropriate work attire. No teeth.
There’s a good kind of tired. That kind where you’ve put in a full day of hard, physical work. You got dirty. You sweat . . . Read More >
Omega Pacific, and Rockwood Retirement Communities are changing lives. Learn how they've partnered with UGM to make a difference >
In our learning centers, men and women are studying for their GEDs, learning computer skills, prepping for college, searching for jobs... Learn More >
Healthy, interdependent, authentic relationship – that’s what the UGM mentor program is all about. Intrigued? Learn more about being a mentor here >
Myth: To be a person who disciples others, you have to have it all together.
Truth: No one has it all together.
Myth: Only a select group of Christians are called to disciple others.
Truth: Everyone is called to love like God loves. Everyone is called to tell the story of what God has done and is doing in his life. Put those together and you have something close to discipleship or, as Brent describes it in our cover story, “intentional, authentic relationship.”
Myth: You have to be a Bible scholar to disciple others.
Truth: When you are a lover of the Word, a lover of Christ, and a lover of other people, Christ’s love flows through you. Henrietta Mears, who had a profound impact on Billy Graham, Bill Bright (Campus Crusade), Dawson Troutman (Navigators) and Jim Rayburn (Young Life), once said: “You teach a little by what you say; you teach most by what you are.”
Discipleship is a subject near and dear to my heart – both for the impact it has had in my life and the impact I see it having on the men and women who come through our doors.
UGM is building a league of teams to surround the Women’s Crisis Shelter as it seeks to meet the demand of homeless women and children... Learn More >
The pastor of CDA Bible Church took a few minutes to explain his church’s involvement with the UGM Center for Women and Children... Read the Story >
Aaron Staeuble, has Down syndrome. He volunteers Monday through Friday at the Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene... Read More >
2014 was a fantastic year for UGM – thanks to you!
Once again, our community went above and beyond to bless the poor, the homeless, and the broken. Here’s a quick word of appreciation from UGM Executive Director Phil Altmeyer.
And you welcomed us, protected us, helped us heal.
At first glance, Tiffany King appears very young, delicate...fragile even. But her appearance belies a core of inner strength. In reality, Tiffany, 26, has faced the worst life has to offer and been galvanized by it.
On Christmas Day 2012, Tiffany rushed her two-month-old daughter, Ellie, to the emergency room because she was having seizures. Tests, scans and x-rays revealed that Ellie had been shaken – on more than one occasion. The right and back sides of her brain were damaged.
Remember. This word is used many times in scripture. It is often accompanied by: “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God” Read More >
It’s hard to overestimate the joy that accompanies a gift card for one of our guests. It may look like a bit of plastic, but it’s actually... Learn More >
Over the years, Keith said, one of the big highlights for him is seeing families restored. “It’s heartwarming to see them rebuild... Read More >
Ron and Nadine eat at the Mission every day. Ron is homeless. Nadine has an apartment. Neither has a job.“I used to go rummage in garbage... Read More >
Jesus fed His followers both physically and spiritually. We are committed to doing the same. Thank you for partnering with us... Read More >
There’s no way we could serve over 360,000 meals per year at under $2 per meal without the help of our partners. It truly takes a community... Read More >
This job is all about coming alongside a man and telling him, ‘Everything’s gonna be OK and putting a little light on his life for a minute.” Read More >
The 5th annual City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner is coming up on Wednesday, November 26th at the Spokane Convention Center. Learn How You Can Help >
A little over a year ago, Helen, 57, was living on the streets of Coeur d’Alene.
God’s ways are not our ways. Survival of the fittest is not His design. We are not in competition with each other to win His favor, and He... Read More >
Cecil spent the early part of his working years in a lumber mill but lost his job when logging declined. After a period of being unemployed... Read More >
Valley Real Life utilized their coffee bar to educate the congregation about UGM Camp. Donations from the coffee bar were enough to sponsor... Learn More >
Jerry was changed by Volunteering at UGM – not to mention that his professional demeanor makes him a great ambassador for UGM. Read More >
As we prepare for our 5th Annual City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner, we’d like to put a Bible in the hands of each of our dinner guests... Help Now >
Homelessness does not happen overnight, it's complicated. Putting a homeless person in an apartment won't solve his problems.
It’s that time again. Help us fill our pantry. The fall food drive will focus on a few items which we never seem to get enough... Read More >
What could possibly be better than an incredible volunteer such as a repairman? How about an incredible volunteer who solicits and trains more volunteers?
Thursdays throughout the summer, women and volunteers from the Center restored and were painting pieces of donated furniture... Read More >
Shortly after moving to the Spokane Valley a year ago, Ken Carpenter, a retired pastor, visited the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store... Read More >
This article was first published in the Mission News before Ryan Brown started as the Youth Outreach Director. He's been on the job for almost four years now, and believe us, he's been busy. Get to know a bit of his back story here; then visit the Youth Outreach page of the UGM website to learn more about what he's been up to since his arrival at UGM.
Now my cup overflows.
Why should you care about a 26-year-old addict who abandoned his three children, wasted 14 years of his life on one drug after another, and used all of his family for everything he could get?
We don’t want to give people everything they need to stay stuck. We give hope that God made them for more. We want you to invest in the outcome of change!
Will you purchase a backpack and/or gift cards so that we can make sure the kids living in our shelters have the supplies they need? Help Now >
Volunteers and Community Involvement are critical in the Union Gospel Mission's approach of helping the poor and homeless... Read More >
I was ashamed, and you lifted my head.
Christian James was once interviewed for an article in Salon Magazine entitled, “Nazi Family Values: Chewing the fat with a white-supremacist mom and her 6-year-old daughter at an Idaho barbecue.” Christian was married to leader Richard Butler’s right-hand man and lived on the Aryan Nations compound in Hayden, Idaho. She helped organize swastika-waving rallies through downtown Coeur d’Alene and taught her young daughter the Nazi salute. When a lawsuit bankrupted the Aryan Nations, Christian and her family moved into a homeless shelter in Bonners Ferry. Later, the buildings on the compound, including the home where they had lived, were burned and bulldozed to create a peace park.
If I’m going to be most like the one who resides in me and reflect Him to the world, I need to forgive. Forgiveness frees up the forgiver... Read More >
Can you think of a better comfort food than spaghetti pasta? We serve quite a bit of this old standby at our shelters, and we’d love your help. Read More >
UGM Camp is all about providing a free week of summer fun to underprivileged kids and introducing them to the unconditional love of Jesus... Read More >
The Afternoon of Hope luncheon at the Center for Women & Children in Coeur d’Alene featured UGM and local government... Read More >
The nature of the rescue business is that not everyone who steps from dark into the light will stay, but you are giving them the opportunity to. READ MORE >
Last year, Autymn was a volunteer who did crafts with the children at the Crisis Shelter over the Christmas holidays. READ MORE >
Tim Hepper became a volunteer at the UGM Crisis Shelter four years ago shortly after his wife died. “There was a hole in my life that I knew... READ MORE >
You can earn money for the homeless while you shop in the community. Fred Meyer will donate $2.5 million to non-profits in the Northwest this year through.
An online discussion of the Last Addiction by Sharon Hersh.
You showed us the love and power of the gospel. You broke the cycle.
Family breakdown has devastating effects. Children born and raised outside of marriage are five times more likely to be poor...
Family serves together for the homeless twice a month. Their reward is knowing that they make a difference.
Looking for a fun way to get your group involved in helping the homeless? How about you organize a drive? You could make it a competition or... Read More >
Eight local business leaders recently participated in UGM’s Engage! work seminar on how to keep a job and earn a promotion. They spoke to... Read More >
When the weather turned cold, Raymond and Michael Rodriguez started worrying about the men they saw on the street and worked to donate clothing. Read more >
Recovery is impossible...
- if you don’t believe you have a problem
- if you refuse to look at the problem
- if you blame someone else for the problem or
- if you minimize the extent and effects of the problem.
All of these scenarios are forms of denial.
Healing from addiction is all about relationships – it’s about discovering how inextricably linked we are to each other.
See notes of thanks and amazement from UGM's Life Recovery program. God moved the mountains. God spoke to the heart of the people. God opened the door...
Just when your closets are getting a little crowded, a UGM Thrift donation might be what you need. So if you need to downsize... READ MORE
The assignment: Draw a picture representing the work of the Union Gospel Mission on a napkin. Like an elevator speech. Only quicker and more visual. (Try it yourself: What would you draw?)
Christmas – Grace Through Jesus - what’s not to love? Family and old friends gathered together around a fire. Sledding. Twinkling lights. Red noses...
Lois loves children and had the opportunity to see the children’s area she helped to create, and she got to meet the children who call the Center home.
The Union Gospel Mission is currently serving an average of 1,000 meals per day, and if you’ve ever visited, you know we’re talking more than soup.
Holly Simons, a psychiatric nurse, worked in the prison system for 10 years and visited UGM while researching safe places for an inmate to go... Read more
If you’ve got coats for the homeless bring it to Burlington Coat Factory. UGM will distribute them free of charge to those in need.
Paul was a product of the sixties. He did some LSD, bought and sold marijuana. One day, one of those drug deals went terribly wrong and he went to prison.
Barnabas stood up for Paul, who wrote a significant portion of the Bible. We can be like Barnabas – believing that God really does change lives... Read More
As a District Judge I appreciate having a variety of options... The Center for Women & Children provides a great option for women offenders... Read More
Danny Beard has been running UGM’s volunteer ministry at Juvenile Detention since 1985. Every once in a while, he runs into someone from there... Read More
The Crisis Shelter on East Sprague in Spokane is bursting at the seams but a safe place for women and children.
God loves the poor. He expects us to love them, as well, and He expects us to demonstrate that love in concrete ways like hospitality.
You know how it seems like you’re always running to the store for the same things? It’s the same around here. We just can’t get enough of these items...
As part of her recovery, Dionne Varney needed to find a new career. Before coming to Anna Ogden Hall, she spent 14 years in the adult entertainment industry
Bill and Jan Traynor were mentors before UGM had a mentor program. Several years ago they and other members from their church were serving Anna Ogden Hall
Kate Gibson, has been coming to the Union Gospel Mission to serve meals with her family since she was six. “I remember standing on a milk crate to serve...
If you’d like to help us spread the holiday cheer this Christmas, we’d love to have you. Here’s how you can help...
Paul Stankiewicz isn't homeless, he isn't poor, but Paul needed breakthrough. That's why he came to the Union Gospel Mission...
As Paul’s strength returned, he was paired with volunteer Mike Updike to work in the Mission’s flower beds a few hours each week. Mike calls it...
Praise is like clothing. You choose to put it on. Part 7 in our Christmas devotional looks at Isaiah 61:3. Gratitude to God dresses us in a garment of praise.
Sharyle shared a simple story that impacted her. One little boy was astonished by his good fortune at meal time: “You mean I get to eat a WHOLE sandwich?”
What could be more fun on a warm summer night than an outdoor movie? Jeremiah Johnson, one of the owners of The Shop in the Perry District of Spokane...
Some of the best communication happens around the table, does it not? That’s why we invited a group of UGM partners to have dinner with the very people...
Help children staying at UGM shelters begin the school year on the right foot with all the necessary school supplies. Start with a backpack, pencil pouch
On May 31, UGM held a special Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Lincoln Center. While the primary purpose was to say thanks...
Debi Pauletto teaches a class on the beauty of being a woman through etiquette, modesty and table manners and unveils the woman described in Proverbs 31...
Approximately 240 people attended the 1st Annual Afternoon of Hope Luncheon at the UGM Center for Women & Children in Coeur d’Alene to learn more...
Take Action: Clothe Yourselves with Compassion
In a physical sense, ashes are what’s left over after something has been consumed by fire... Bringing something back from the ashes takes a miracle.
Starla’s brokenness brought her to the UGM Center for Women & Children, but more importantly, it brought her to the One who lifted her out...
A Christmas Oak - In Isaiah 61:3, the prophet describes oaks of righteousness, men and women who have been transformed and reflect God's glory. A conclusion to our Christmas devotional.
Dedication of the UGM Center for Women & Children in CDA
The love and power of the gospel. It is the very best, most essential thing we have to offer here at the Mission because it outlasts everything else.
In her pain, Candice believed herself to be unforgivable, unlovable, and utterly alone. Today, she is redeemed.
When we truly understand the gospel, we understand that everything good in our lives is a gift. Take my life for example.