Read what’s happening in the UGM community - residents, staff, volunteers.

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Dusty's Second Chance

Dec 4, 2019 3:45:07 PM

By Lynn Yount, UGM volunteer

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At the UGM Thrift Store in Spokane Valley, you'll find more than bargains on high-quality clothing and housewares. You'll find the friendly faces of people who are thankful for the chance to do honest work. Dusty is one of those people.

After a 14-year struggle with drug addiction, Dusty's best intentions to get off drugs and earn a living weren't going to get far without a little help. "I had to apply for so many jobs ... I had to mark that I was a felon, so when you have a huge stack of applicants, why would you pick this one? I just needed a chance. I just needed them to meet me. I just needed to convince them that I could do this, and the UGM did that for me."

Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

Jan 17, 2019 9:08:05 AM

Jenny volunteers at the Crisis Shelter guest services desk. She is a loving, welcoming presence for women and children who come to UGM scared and vulnerable.

Trauma, Time, Trust: Helping Homeless Women

Nov 21, 2018 11:30:05 AM

The emotional and psychological scars are not immediately visible, but they're just as real as the bruises. Helping homeless women and children takes time, consistent love and support, a commitment to building trust.

From Homeless to Hope Fountain

Oct 18, 2018 2:46:55 PM

Kimmi (Halbrook) Lane arrived at the UGM Crisis Shelter nine years ago as a guest. Little did she know it was the beginning of a journey that would lead her to help homeless women here at UGM.

Homeless, Hopeless, Loved

Sep 19, 2018 4:05:07 PM

When Amber lost custody of her daughters, she ended up hopeless and homeless. When she finally came to the Crisis Shelter, she found the love and encouragement she needed to reunite her family.

A Brief History of UGM, Part 2: 1987 to Present

Aug 23, 2018 4:42:50 PM

God has been faithful to grow the Union Gospel Mission to meet growing needs over more than six decades and counting.

Dyann escaped domestic violence but had nowhere to go

Apr 4, 2018 12:45:26 PM

Healing from abuse started with finding a safe place to sleep and food to eat. But Dyann found much, much more at the Crisis Shelter.

Christmas: The Power of God with Us

Dec 13, 2017 11:52:57 AM

At Christmas, remember Immanuel means God with us. God with frail, broken humans. God with anyone crying out to him. God with you. God with me. God with Enid.

Loving Women in Crisis: Karen Herford

Sep 6, 2017 4:25:57 PM

Karen Herford loves being the hands and feet of Jesus to help women in crisis at UGM's short-term shelter.

A Vessel for Jesus at the Crisis Shelter

Feb 25, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Elizabeth shares Jesus' love with the guests at the Crisis Shelter every day. Even through difficulties in her own life, she wants to grow to be more like him.