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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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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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Not a Lost Cause to God: Linda’s Story

Women's LIFE Recovery participant Linda shared this speech at the recent Phase Promotion at UGM's Center for Women and Children. 

“I sat in a...

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Forgiveness Breaks the Shame Cycle

“I’m getting older, and I didn’t want to be that old lady that’s out on the street, looking to get high.”Before coming to UGM, Kerri was staying at ...

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Ending Self-Destruction: Sarah’s Story

Caution to the reader: This story contains references to abortion, prostitution and human trafficking. 

“Sarah, I really want to help you.”

Sometimes...

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Troubled Kid to Child of God: Jesse’s Story

At three years old, Jesse stabbed a kid in the head with a knife.

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Easter Series: LIFE after Easter

Jesus changed everything.

More specifically, Jesus' life, death and resurrection changed everything.

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Easter Series: What Does Sin Have to do with Homelessness?

As we mentioned in last week’s post, acknowledging the existence of sin implies a particular worldview – one in which God created the world and has...

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Easter Series: Sin Ruins Everything

Sin. Talk about a conversation stopper. I’m not sure anyone is anxious to talk about sin, even Christians, but in society at large, it’s almost...

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Easter Series: Who is God?

 

“God is not ordinary.” – Heather Harpham 

“I measure God by everything I am not. I begin with that.” – Flannery O’Connor

“’For My thoughts are...

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Easter Series: Where is the Sweetness of the Resurrection?

Easter.

Just the word evokes thoughts of bird song and budding tree branches, spring dresses, pastel button downs and family photo opportunities in...

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2020: A Year to Remember

2020 was a year for the history books, wasn’t it? We sure are glad you stuck with us through it all. In the end, because of the commitment of our...

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UGM Core Value: Stewardship

By Dean Bitz, UGM Director of Finance and Operations

Stewardship is more than how we handle our money. We steward God’s Word, we steward his people,...

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Come to the Rock: God's Promise in Crisis

Does the earth beneath your feet feel a bit like it’s constantly shifting?

You are essential. You are not essential. Support local business! Why are...

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Bread and Water: a diet for the desperate

COVID-19 created some strange shortages – toilet paper being the first and most memorable. But bread was another, quickly followed by flour as people...

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2020 Vision: Walk Humbly

Note: We hope you'll join us as we meditate on Micah 6:8 throughout 2020. This is the second post in a series of reflections. (Read the introduction ...

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Easter 2020

Ever since my husband and I started a family more than 30 years ago, Easter has been a big deal at our house: New dresses for the little girls,...

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Jessie: Hatred Fueled by Trauma & Neglect

Jessie hated homeless people.

“I despised anyone who was living off the system. I blamed them for my life being hard. In a drunken rage, I threw...

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Emily: Living Life Loved

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

Emily was in a dark, dark place.

Her addiction ended her 14-year...

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Life Transformation Begins with the Gospel.

You’ve probably heard us say it before, but we don’t want there to be any mistake: UGM cannot change a person’s heart. Only God can do that. True...

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Thanking God for Real Change

During November, a lot of people take time to reflect on gratitude. We see our friends making daily social media posts expressing specific things...

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We Believe...

You may have seen a television commercial for UGM this fall that starts out, “We believe…” In these somewhat acrimonious times, amid heated debate...

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