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Ministry in a Thrift Store

Jan 15, 2020 10:34:36 AM

Meet Jaclyn, Manager at the UGM Downtown Thrift Store

By Christy Zapata, UGM Volunteer

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Although she couldn't see it at the time, God had been preparing Jaclyn Ferrell for her position as Manager of the Union Gospel Mission Downtown Thrift Store for a long time.
As a young mother of five, Jaclyn lost her first husband to suicide and her second husband to drug addiction. For the next 17 years, she struggled to provide a stable home for her children by herself - at times working three jobs. In order to stretch a dollar, keep shoes on her kids’ feet and food on the table, she became a regular thrift store shopper. The thrill of discovering 'hidden treasures' at second hand stores still excites her, and knowing her own store is full of just such treasures for the community makes her job a joy.

Behind the Scenes with Mary Beth Salisbury

Jan 9, 2020 10:02:31 AM

For 25 years, Mary Beth Salisbury has been a huge blessing to UGM and to Executive Director Phil Altmeyer in particular.

2020 Vision: Justice, Mercy and Humility

Dec 31, 2019 2:56:09 PM

How do we as Christians live by the verse in Micah 6 that asks us "to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with Thy God"?

Adventus-the Arrival of Jesus

Dec 24, 2019 10:47:04 AM

With how busy the holidays can be, do we give ourselves enough time to feel the significance of Christmas?

Confessions of a Good Girl

Dec 18, 2019 12:16:23 PM

As good as I have always tried to be, if my hope is in my own performance, I am doomed. Grace requires that we recognize and admit our inadequacy, our failures and our sin.

God’s Book about You

Dec 13, 2019 12:52:08 PM

In our guest post by Brewer Direct CEO, Randy Brewer discusses how God helps us write fascinating stories of redemption with our lives.

Dusty's Second Chance

Dec 4, 2019 3:45:07 PM

After a 14-year struggle with drug addiction, Dusty's attempts to get off drugs and earn a living were falling flat. Now, she has a job, a life and hope.

Meet Jessica Morgan, UGM Art Director

Nov 26, 2019 1:57:02 PM

Jessica Morgan, UGM Art Director, cares deeply about telling UGM's story through design and photography.

Breaking Bread at UGM

Nov 21, 2019 5:11:10 PM

For Bethany, preparing meals at the Union Gospel Mission Crisis Shelter is much more than filling an empty plate; it's a way to show life-changing grace.

We Need Each Other: The Cure for Loneliness

Nov 12, 2019 12:58:37 PM

Debra was painfully lonely long before she ended up homeless. Alcohol covered the pain...for a while.