I Was Broken

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?)

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A Christmas Irony

By Phil Altmeyer

Executive Director

Christmas – what’s not to love? Family and old friends gathered together around a roaring fire. Sledding. Twinkling lights. Red noses. New mittens. Stockings bulging with goodies. Bright paper packages wrapped up with bows. Eggnog. Carols. Fudge and peanut brittle. Memories. Traditions handed down through generations.

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A Heart for Children

Lois used to be a kindergarten teacher. That probably says it all. Lois loves kids. Her husband, Everett, loved children, too. The couple lived life side by side for over 60 years – raising children and growing several businesses from the ground up. “We worked all hours of the night together, and that was all right because we were always working together.”

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More than Soup

The Union Gospel Mission is currently serving an average of 1,000 meals per day at its four shelters, and if you’ve ever visited during meal time, you know we’re not talking about 1,000 bowls of soup. Recent offerings included: Chicken Paprikash, meatball sandwiches, Eggs Benedict and tacos with Spanish rice and beans.

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Mental Health and Homelessness

Holly Simons, a psychiatric nurse, worked in the prison system for 10 years and first visited UGM while researching safe places for an inmate to go upon release.

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Take Action: Spread the Warmth

UGM is partnering with Burlington Coat Factory again this year for the Warm Coats/Warm Hearts Campaign.

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