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?

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.

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.

The Homeless Crisis in Downtown Spokane

Jan 14, 2019 1:01:59 PM

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.

The Great Light

Nov 7, 2018 12:35:06 PM

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.

September 2018

Homelessness: A Case Study

Sep 11, 2018 2:16:30 PM

“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.

What is the Loving Response to a Homeless Person?

Sep 11, 2017 11:59:41 AM

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?

Meaningful Work

Jul 5, 2016 11:50:26 AM

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 >

There is Always Hope

Sep 1, 2015 11:50:05 AM

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.

October 2014

Helen was Homeless

Oct 1, 2014 12:00:28 PM

A little over a year ago, Helen, 57, was living on the streets of Coeur d’Alene.

Volunteer Profile: Autumn Banks

Jul 1, 2012 12:00:49 PM

Volunteer Profile: Autumn Banks