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A Lot of Love: How a Used Car Dealership Provides Homeless Services

Car shopping along E Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley can feel like running a gauntlet of clambering salespeople, flashy marketing ploys, and banners...

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homeless-guy

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Love Your Homeless Neighbor

“If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say...

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Matt Lewis helps the homeless at UGM, sharing the passionate love of a good God at the Men's Shelter.

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Pursued and Loved by a Good God

Matt Lewis has worked with the guests at the Men’s Shelter a little more than a year – first as a resident advisor and now as day desk supervisor....

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Homeless, Hopeless, Loved

Being homeless can make you physically dirty. Its harsh realities can dull your senses and thicken your skin. It can drive you to do things you swore...

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After 15 years of off-and-on homelessness, Marcus is getting help with managing his depression without using drugs.

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Why World Homeless Day?

You might be asking: Why is UGM making such a big deal of World Homeless Day? How does a day devoted to homelessness really help anything?

Actually,...

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World Homeless Day 2016

Each year, UGM tries to do something to mark this day – 10/10 – something to say, We see you. We’re paying attention. For the last two years, we’ve...

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How do you define "home?"

By Cherise Stutzman, UGM Volunteer

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine moved from Idaho to Europe. Today, I asked her to define the word “home.” 

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Lose the Label: Damaged Goods

“When you know that you’re bad, you always feel like you’re doing something wrong.”

After meeting her biological parents and realizing her mother and...

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Lose the Label: Chronically Homeless

Troy is a likable guy with a quick smile. He learned and remembered my name the first time I met him, and ever since then, if I pass him – even if...

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Honoring Those Who Have Fought for Freedom

While 2015 Point-in-Time Count numbers for the nation showed an overall decrease in veteran homelessness, the statistic for homeless veterans in...

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Homelessness: It's About People

Editor's Note: This blog post is part of a series on homelessness. Part 1 explained the magnitude and complexity of the problem. Part 2 was a story...

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Hopelessness to Homelessness

By David Nicosia, UGM Men's Recovery participant

When I became homeless, there were so many feelings that led up to it. How stupid was I to allow...

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Homeless, Hopeless, and Alone

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“I thought it was me, all by myself. I’ve got to do everything, period. No help. And then, I walked through the east...

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The Struggle for True Identity

In "The Reason Why," the author gave a description, through her story, of why she believes many women get involved in unhealthy relationships or turn...

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Christmas Shopping that Helps the Homeless

By Merrily Brast, former Staff Writer

“Try it on! Try it on!” As each of 20 cousins, aunts, and uncles from Tiffany Riddle’s family opened their...

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A Cook in the Kitchen: Joe Wilson Lands a Job

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“I felt like a ghost for a minute.”

Without a birth certificate, a license, or a social security card, Joe Robert...

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10 Lessons I keep learning at the Union Gospel Mission: Part 2

Editor's Note: A few days ago, volunteer David Wang shared a few of the lessons he’s learned spending time with homeless men in the day room at the...

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10 Lessons I keep learning at the Union Gospel Mission: Part 1

Editor's Note: Washington State University professor David Wang is a volunteer in the day room at UGM. His is a ministry of relationship or, as David...

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