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Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

Jan 17, 2019 9:08:05 AM


“It’s not like I’m doing anything special, because I love it so much.”

Ask Jenny Gasperino why she volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission, and you’ll always get a humble answer like this. She calls her work at the Crisis Shelter for Women & Children part of her “addiction to UGM.”

I love to ‘love on’ broken women. I feel like I’m totally where I’m supposed to be.”

And while “addiction” might be too strong a word, it isn’t far off the truth. If she didn’t have other responsibilities, Jenny would be at the Crisis Shelter even more than three days a week. But she says she’s even grown in her roles as a wife and mother because of her time at the shelter.

She’s learned a lot about accountability, about boundaries. She’s also learned about God’s grace and how he’s created and blessed her in a unique way.

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.

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.

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.

10 Things You Should Know About the UGM Crisis Shelter

Feb 3, 2017 3:38:42 PM

Homelessness among women and children is a growing problem. Here's an update on what UGM's Crisis Shelter for Women and Children is doing to address it.

What Can Prayer Do in the Face of So Much Pain?

Aug 11, 2016 2:12:54 PM

How does one pray for the homeless? What can prayer accomplish for someone who has no resources? What will prayer achieve for the addict?

A Heart for the Homeless

Jun 26, 2015 3:52:50 PM

Director of the Crisis Shelter Rich Schaus opens up about caring for homeless women and children and about his new upcoming adventure.

Two Hearts Full of Gratitude

Apr 17, 2015 3:12:30 PM

Two women staying at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children express gratitude for the Crisis Shelter and for those that give to the Shelter.