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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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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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When Program Ends: Mentoring UGM Alumni

Ric Rocca and his family own and operate multiple Jimmy John's franchises in the Spokane area. And somehow Ric still finds time to volunteer at UGM.

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Mentoring Through Recovery and Relapse

“I know that no matter what I throw at them, they are going to support me and love me and speak truth into my life.” - Laura, UGM Crisis Shelter

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Meet Pat: Super Volunteer

In 2020 alone, volunteers saved UGM nearly $2.2M. It is no exaggeration to say that we could not realistically function without our fleet of...

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How UGM Business Partners Change Lives

"I'm sold on it. I tell you I'm sold."

Mitchell Long, Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Ob-Gyn, took time out of his busy schedule to sit down...

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Physical Healing: Health Care at a Homeless Shelter

At Union Gospel Mission, we value whole-person recovery. This means we believe that in order to become a God-dependent, contributing member of...

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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 Auxiliary: Prayer, Presence and Projects

“From [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its...

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Rooted in Love

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high...

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The UGM Association Board oversees all aspects of UGM ministries.

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Who's Behind UGM?

We talk a lot about the impact of volunteers across our ministries. Here’s a group of partners we don’t often refer to as “volunteers,” but they...

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linda with resident

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Recovery Changes People.

...and not always just the people you think. 

“In the interviewing process for potential staff, I always communicate that if they choose to accept...

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Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

 

“It’s not like I’m doing anything special, because I love it so much.”

Ask Jenny Gasperino why she volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission, and...

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Anna leads a team that accepts over $4.2 million worth of donations every year to feed the hungry.

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Feeding the Hungry: Behind the Scenes

Anna Havercroft is our warehouse manager, managing the in-kind donations that come into UGM. As you'll see in her interview below, that is more than...

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The staff at the Men's Shelter have recently been focusing on building relationships with homeless guests. Accepting and listening to people tell their stories is a gift in itself.

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What You Have to Offer a Homeless Person: Acceptance

Over the past two months, we’ve been talking a lot about partnership – how church and business partners, volunteers and donors are the lifeblood of...

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Residents in UGM programs are urged to connect their career path with their passions, something our Business Partners have made possible time and again. Meaningful work is a cornerstone of recovery.

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Business Partners Get People Back to Work

Work is a key ingredient of the process of ending homelessness one person, one family at a time. And while you’ll find current and former residents...

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Sun City Church leaders cut the ribbon on a Crisis Shelter room the church sponsored through its Legacy Offering.

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Church Partnership: Sun City Church

“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:4-5

Sun City Church opened its...

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Howdy, Partners: Why We Keep Using That Word

You may have noticed it here on the blog, on Facebook, on UGM buildings and publications. It’s the first word in our purpose statement.

Partnering,...

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4 Ways Your Business Can Partner with UGM

By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing and Communications

(Edited from a Spokane MarCom blog post)

Some of UGM’s most prolific partners are...

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