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Jim and Ken

Rescue

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What Causes Homelessness? (It Isn't Always Addiction)

We talk a lot about the cycle of homelessness and addiction here at UGM. We know that substance abuse is a contributing factor for a large percentage...

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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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Ron at CS

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RESCUE: A Ministry of Disappointments

Overcoming poverty, addiction and abuse

By Ron Hauenstein, UGM high-impact volunteer

Staff and volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission experience a...

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Homeless women: Who will believe in them?

Editor's Note: This is the first in a regular series, "The Crisis: a Troubling Reality." We will begin to examine and discuss the causes, conditions...

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The Crisis Shelter: a safe place for homeless women and children

Seven years ago this week, UGM opened the Crisis Shelter for Women & Children at 1234 E Sprague. This week also marked the Shelter’s 10,000th...

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Rescue: From Homeless to Housed and Employed

Not everyone who walks through the doors of one of UGM’s shelters needs the same kind of help. Case in point: Tim Whitman.

Tim had been sober for...

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Why is homelessness higher among veterans?

11% of the adult homeless population are veterans.

20% of the male homeless population are veterans.

About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile,...

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A little girl's dream

Amanda & daughter Daisy

"I think it's safe to say that when our residents were little girls, they did not dream of growing up to stay at a homeless...

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Meet Lenore

Lenore puts together the welcome baskets for new guests at the Center.

From my perspective, Lenore McDonald is a volunteer extraordinaire. She says...

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Americorps Adventure

Next week,* Luke Hauflin, 21, will be headed off to Sacramento, California to join Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). For now, he...
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The New Paul

Paul folded his lanky frame into one of the red chairs in my small office. I sat in the other, our knees less than a foot apart. He was wearing a...

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The Need for Change: homeless women and children

 THE BIG PICTURE

    • Families make up 34% of the total US homeless population.
    • 87% of homeless families are headed by women. (Single-parent...
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Dear Beer: A good-bye letter

Editor’s Note: We found this letter in our parking lot. As you can see, it was an assignment – write a good-bye letter to your drug of choice.

Dear...

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Ready for the storm

Every summer, my family and I go camping.  It really doesn’t matter where we go or what time of year we go, we know that it will rain.

Our little...

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Time to grow up

Meet Johnny Montes – young, handsome, a high school drop-out, and the father of a 2-year-old little girl. Johnny, 20, came to the UGM Men’s Shelter...

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Back on track

Chase Montgomery with his mom, sister, brother and grandparents

Chase Montgomery’s mom dropped him off at the UGM Men’s Shelter the day before his 19...

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Colors of Hope Update

From left: Ethan, Melissa, Cameron, Isaiah, Silas, Noah, Izzy, Roman, Maliaka, Joe and Maranatha

The Reid and Hefling families stopped by 1224 E...

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Into the water

Paul Stankiewicz, who was featured on the cover of the August 2013 Mission News, was recently baptized in the Spokane River at Harry Altmeyer Park,...
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The bee sting

2013 Tshimakain Creek Camp Staff - loving kids well and being a little goofy at times

God works for our good. All the time. Even when we are praying...

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Rubbing Elbows with the Homeless

What Does God Mean When He Calls Us to Be Separate?

It’s sad how I’ve sectioned off people because of their economic status, or upbringing, or even...

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Off to Job Corps

UGM helps people with a wide variety of needs—everything from stretching the food budget through an occasional meal  to our long-term residential...

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[Im]possible standards

This week I have struggled.  The attacks of the enemy have cut deep. Interestingly, the attacks have all come against my high standards.  I fully...

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Camp is just the beginning.

The modern church with its emphasis on high-octane youth groups struggles when it comes to developing authentic, compassionate relationships with the...

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Scrapes, bumps and bruises

After working in the emergency room of a hospital, I thought serving as a nurse at summer camp would be a breeze, Alli said. But she hadn’t taken the
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