Business Partners Get People Back to Work

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Feb 15, 2018 4:33:35 PM

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 working throughout the Union Gospel Mission, we know only a handful of the people who come to us for help will get their permanent job at UGM.

So, we depend on more than 100 Business Partners to give our residents the chance to build their skills, confidence and work history to obtain and succeed in real-world employment. And while we firmly believe benefits of Business Partnership go both ways, we’re still extremely grateful to the businesses and organizations – and the supervisors and managers – who give people in recovery the chance they need to get back on their feet and hold a contributing role in society.

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5 Reasons to Register for the Hunger Run

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Feb 7, 2018 12:17:35 PM

The 3rd Annual Hunger Run is set for Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m. starting in Plante’s Ferry Park. There will be 5k and 10k options for both runners and walkers. We’d love to have you join us. Toward that end, here are five solid reasons to sign up today.

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Church Partnership: Sun City Church

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jan 31, 2018 11:05:09 AM

“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 doors only three years ago, in January 2015. Actually, it would be more accurate to say the church didn’t even have its own doors to open until last year. But even as the new congregation met in an event center and then at a local high school, the church had already planted its flag as an “outward-focused” church.

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Howdy, Partners: Why We Keep Using That Word

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jan 24, 2018 3:47:10 PM

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, partnership, partner. As a noun, a verb, an adjective – it’s everywhere. We use “partners” to refer to financial supporters, volunteers, people who give their stuff to the Thrift Stores, employers who provide Business Practicums, shoppers who fill our food drive barrels… etc., etc.

You may wonder why we use that word so much. What do we mean by it?

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Giving from the Heart

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Jan 18, 2018 11:15:37 AM

Gwen Schwartz’s journey into her position at UGM was so much more than a job search. God prepared her with the passion, experience and skills she needs to serve him as Director of Ministry Advancement. We asked her a few questions to get to know her and what drives her passion for this ministry. 

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Posted by Barbara Comito Jan 10, 2018 4:56:08 PM

 Who doesn’t love a good deal? And when you can get a good deal and impact lives at the same time…well, so much the better, right? At the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Stores, the simple purchase of a piece of furniture or the donation of a bag of gently used clothing can translate into food, shelter, jobs, medical care and so much more for homeless men, women and children.

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Not Caring is Not an Option

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jan 3, 2018 12:09:42 PM

Each year, I choose a different devotional to guide my early morning time with God. I started with one of my favorites, Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, several years ago and have gone through five or six others, including another favorite, John Piper’s Taste and See.

 For 2017, I chose a devotional written by a friend and based on the Heidelberg Catechism, Righteous in Christ by Doug Erlandson.

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Stay with the Shepherd

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Dec 28, 2017 2:39:29 PM

UGM Resident Advisor Shane Morgan shared this message in chapel at our Men's Shelter this month. In reflection on the birth of Christ, Shane's childhood experience raising animals encourages us to stay with the flock and trust our Good Shepherd.

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Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 19, 2017 7:54:00 PM

 A friend on Facebook recently posted a picture of her new wood flooring and her new granite countertops with the hashtag #blessed.

She’s expressing gratitude for God’s goodness and trying to avoid a boasting mentality. She’s giving credit to God for all that she has. I get it. And I don’t really mean to pick on her, but it started me thinking about blessing, about poverty, about Jesus.

 Jesus was poor. Jesus was a refugee. Jesus was homeless.

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Christmas: The Power of God with Us

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 13, 2017 11:52:57 AM

Christmas celebrates the arrival of Jesus, the Son of God clothed in humanity, on the earth. One of the most beautiful descriptions of that visitation, the one Jesus used of himself, is in Isaiah 61.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor…. to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.”

Proclaiming good news to the poor is an everyday occurrence at the Union Gospel Mission. Every year, it’s important to reflect particularly on the miracle of Christ’s birth and renew our sense of grateful wonder at the gift that made the good news possible: Immanuel, God with us. God with frail, broken humans. God with anyone crying out to him. God with you. God with me.

God with Enid.

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