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Jim and Ken

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Meet Kids Who Experienced Life Change at UGM Camp

Guest post by Christa Inouye, former Youth Outreach staff member

 While transformation in Christ happens throughout a lifetime, UGM Camp provides an avenue for young people to experience significant change through new experiences, deep relationships...

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The Yellow House: A Safe, Healing Environment for Moms and Kids

When a mom arrives at UGM with children in tow, we know her needs are going to be complex. She needs to know the little ones will be safe, she needs...

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Intentional Fun: How UGM Camp Helps Kids Build a Better Future

Today’s kids don’t have it easy. They’ve endured two-plus years of pandemic life: isolation, inconsistency and a lot of unknowns; they’re growing up...

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We Asked Homeless Men to Talk About Sin

Sin. What is it and why would a homeless shelter insist on talking about it?

Sin is the divergence from the rules and order designed by...

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How the Gospel Brings Us Home

Guest post by UGM Aftercare Coordinator Dennis Roach 

A mythical story contains elements of fantasy and reality, a blend that sometimes pushes us to...

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Easter at the Mission: Shelter Guests Bring the Gospel Home

This Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Jesus’ miraculous resurrection. We will sing of our risen Savior, “He lives, He lives!” and...

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The Love and Power of the Gospel

Guest post by UGM Staff Chaplain Sonny Westbrook, originally published March 15, 2016.

The celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ...

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The End of Striving: How the Gospel Brings Rest to the Weary

Since its foundation, Union Gospel Mission has existed to offer rest and nourishment to people coming in off the streets. A hot meal, a warm shower,...

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Ruschell

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Joy in the Darkness: How God Pursued Ruschell

“I came here looking to get out of the desperation and the shame and the pit that I was in.”

For 46 years, Ruschell battled the abuse, addiction and...

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The Great Pain Escape

Pain: physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

No healthy person enjoys pain. Its whole purpose is to signal that something is...

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Labels and Life Change: A Business Partner Feature

Art and Kaleen Coffey are members of the community who have made the most of their position as leaders in business and faith. Through their...

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Connect and Be Changed

Guest post by Lynn Yount, former UGM writer.

 

Melissa Ashline has a lot of irons in the fire. She’s a nanny and a businesswoman and a mother of...

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The Best Sermon I Ever Preached: One Homeless Man's Impact on a Local Pastor

Guest post by pastor Eric Blauer of Jacob's Well Church. 
 
My name is Eric Blauer and I met a man named James at Union Gospel Mission.
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Deep Trauma, Deeper Healing

Underneath homelessness, we often find addiction and, underneath addiction, trauma.

Trauma invades, wounds, hides and resurfaces, wreaking havoc...

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Pepper

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The Heart of Stewardship: A UGM Partner Feature

Don "Pepper" and Midge Smock of Coeur d’Alene are humble leaders in the community, encouraging generosity out of their desire to see the gospel go...

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Kathy

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An Unexpected Friendship: A UGM Volunteer Feature

Many of us might think we have nothing in common with a drug addict, or that we have little or nothing to offer someone who has lived a life...

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Clinton

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Empathy and Accountability: A Probation Officer’s Unique Partnership with UGM

Picture a man with a badge and a gun chaperoning women at a recovery center Valentine’s Day gala. Now, picture him in tears as he presents handmade...

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It’s Always Somebody’s Family Member: An Impact Partner Feature

Matt and Nicole Hendrickson are Impact Partners (UGM monthly giving program) who’ve been quietly investing in the lives of homeless men and women for...

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Writer’s Column: A Christmas Reflection

The Mission at Christmastime: brimming with hope, cozy and warm, piled with gifts.

This is not what I expected. I came to Union Gospel Mission in May...

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What Mary Knew

Christmas turns our thoughts to family, whether it’s kids getting into the “magic of the season” or the contemplation of a special baby laid in a...

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Young Fatherhood, Pain and Recovery: Eric’s Story

Eric Blackman was trying to live the party life. Alcohol, drugs and carefree days shaped his mid-twenties through early-thirties.

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The Drug Crisis: What’s it got to do with you and me?

Opioids. Meth. Marijuana. Cocaine. Cartels. Addiction. Synthetics. Big money. Big pharma. Overdoses.

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One Man’s Impact: A Tribute to Ken Richter

Executive Director Phil Altmeyer frequently tells our partners that only in eternity will they know the extent of their influence in people’s lives....

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Family of Origin and the Family of God

I wanted this article to tell a story about somebody else. That’s what I like to do.

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