2016. No matter how tumultuous it seemed for the U.S. and the world, God was at work. We could see it every day at the Union Gospel Mission.
Nothing on the list below would have happened without the support of a generous community, and we are grateful for each individual, family, church and business that partnered with us during the year.
- The new Crisis Shelter opened, an answer to prayers of many years by UGM leadership and others in the community. The new shelter will provide better facilities and a broader range of
services for women in crisis and their children.
- 164 people left our shelters because they got jobs. Our long-term recovery programs saw 32
graduates re-enter the community as contributing members.
- More than 600 volunteers gave their time and expertise serving in case management, meal
service, office work, medical and dental care, cleaning, tutoring, legal advice, photography … the list goes on and on.
- More than 1,000 individuals enjoyed the City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner at the Convention Center and didn’t have to spend the holiday hungry or alone.
- Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, dozens of generous donors and groups did special drives and projects to bless homeless people for the holidays, contributing overwhelming
numbers of socks, gloves, hats, coats, back packs, gift cards, toys, activity outings, craft projects, food items and other special treats for those who might otherwise spend the holidays alone.
- More than 850 cars were donated to UGM Motors, not only helping to fund UGM’s homeless services but also providing job training in sales, detailing and administration.
- Even with fire danger cancelling a week of UGM Camp this summer, 479 children got a week of fun out in the woods and experienced the love of Christ through local churches.
- The first annual Hunger Run brought more than 700 registered runners and walkers, a fun and healthy way to provide meals at UGM and Second Harvest. (Register here for 2017!)
- More than 22,000 donors gave nearly 54,000 separate monetary gifts to support UGM programs.
- ….and much, much more.
Stay tuned to the Impact Blog to hear from executive director Phil Altmeyer about the outlook and goals for 2017 at UGM.
Click below to see for yourself what God is doing! We'd love to show you in person how your partnership with UGM is changing the lives of homeless men, women and children in the Inland Northwest.