March 2022 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Loved by a Good God
“Why would God spend any time working on somebody like me with all the things I’ve done in my past?
… I lied, cheated, stole, just as bad as all those people I was saying I was not.” See how God pursued Dionne and convinced her of His unconditional love and affection. And see how His love transformed her life. 

The Ultimate Work
“Work is a good thing, and here at UGM, we see it as a significant step on the pathway out of homelessness... in this column, however, I want to make it clear that work is not the ultimate thing. Work is not what saves us…” 

Feeding Hungry Souls
“They are people with names, hearts, stories and souls that God loves.” Meet UGM chapel providers Nick Damascus and Eric Blauer. Through their passion for the gospel, God is reaching into broken lives, restoring dignity and offering His saving grace to homeless men hungry for change. 

September 2014

I Was Angry

Sep 1, 2014 12:00:19 PM

“I was a negative, angry, violent, depressed individual.”

Dean Lynch, 45, came to the UGM Men’s Shelter on December 27, 2011 after losing his job, his truck, his apartment, his girlfriend…and his mind.

“I was having what I call violent episodes…I would snap, and I really wouldn’t know what I was doing at the time. Eventually, I would come out of it, like a tunnel vision where I would look around and see the devastation I had caused…I was scared I was going to kill somebody.”

Pastor to the Homeless

Sep 1, 2014 11:10:11 AM

Shortly after moving to the Spokane Valley a year ago, Ken Carpenter, a retired pastor, visited the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store... Read More >

February 2014

We were Victims

Feb 1, 2014 7:00:14 AM

You showed us the love and power of the gospel. You broke the cycle.


Poverty and Family Breakdown

Feb 1, 2014 6:58:00 AM

Family breakdown has devastating effects. Children born and raised outside of marriage are five times more likely to be poor...

January 2014

I Was in Denial, and You Showed Me the Truth

Jan 1, 2014 11:00:18 AM

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.

Notes of Thanks and Amazement

Jan 1, 2014 10:56:19 AM

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...

More than Soup

Dec 1, 2013 10:57:19 AM

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.

Mental Health and Homelessness

Dec 1, 2013 10:56:26 AM

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

Take Action: Spread the Warmth

Dec 1, 2013 10:55:03 AM

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.

October 2013

I Was in Prison

Oct 1, 2013 11:40:19 AM

I was in prison and you gave me a second chance.

Paul Staley was a self-described “peace-loving man.” A product of the sixties. A flower child. A hippy. He did a little LSD, bought and sold marijuana. Live and let live was his motto.

And then one day, one of those drug deals went terribly wrong, and a man ended up dead. Paul himself never touched the gun. No one claimed he did. It didn’t matter. By law, because he was admittedly involved in the crime that led to the murder, he was culpable.

Christmas for the Homeless

Sep 1, 2013 11:50:14 AM

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...