Who's Behind UGM?

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Jan 30, 2019 9:53:07 AM

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 still freely give their valuable time, energy and resources behind the scenes: the UGM Board of Directors. Talented, influential and caring people from right here in our community, they serve by providing godly oversight, vision and leadership for UGM.

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Working Where God is at Work

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Aug 2, 2018 11:34:08 AM

Behind the scenes at UGM, you’ll find a number of people who don’t like to attract attention, but whose work is essential to the mission of reaching the poor with the Gospel so they may return to society as contributing members.

One of those people is Dean Bitz, director of operations, who oversees all of the functional underpinnings so the visible ministries of UGM can be effective. We asked Dean a few questions about his life, work, and heart for the ministry.


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UGM Core Value: Total Accountability

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jan 18, 2017 10:29:18 AM

 As we shared in an earlier blog post, UGM stresses the importance of individual accountability for staff and residents. In this post, we want to share the ways in which UGM is striving for that accountability as an organization, as well.

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The Blog Post You Don’t Want to Read

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jan 10, 2017 4:40:00 PM

By Barbara Comito, UGM Marketing Director

Who would ever read a blog post on Total Accountability? My staff said they wouldn’t. (So I changed the title. Tricky me.)

 Being held accountable is like lima beans or dental floss or stomach crunches…You know it’s good for you, but you hate it. At least I do. I don’t want to be called out on my stuff. I really don’t. Even more, though, at some really deep gut level, I don’t want to wander off the map into a deadly mire of selfishness, jealousy and rebellion – accountable only to myself. Deep down, I know I need help to be who I really want to be.

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What Is a "Grace-Based" Environment?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Mar 29, 2016 4:28:08 PM

By John Dunne, former UGM Recovery Counselor

“Hey, I hear they got this thing called ‘grace’ down at the Mission, so I guess you can get away with doing anything you want down there now.”

This is a conclusion that frequently surfaces when we begin a discussion of our grace-based environment at UGM. It is the natural result of the fact that in our everyday culture, the word “grace” is usually synonymous with license—when we fail to hold someone accountable for his actions, we say we are giving him “grace.”

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Keeping good company

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jan 22, 2016 1:36:01 PM

By Lynn Swanbom Yount, UGM Volunteer

“It was hard for me to stay here because I didn't really like staying indoors … What made me really stay here was the fellowship with the people and how everybody cares for everybody.” – Charlie Guthrie, UGM LIFE Recovery Program graduate

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Sin's contribution to homelessness

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 29, 2014 9:34:00 AM

It's impossible to talk about homelessness without mentioning sin.

By Rich Schaus, Director of the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women & Children

While it has never been popular to say so, as we look at the increasing number of homeless women and children, we must acknowledge that sin is at the root of the crisis.

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