Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer 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.

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Trauma, Time, Trust: Helping Homeless Women

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Nov 21, 2018 11:30:05 AM

By Diane Hutton, Director, Crisis Shelter for Women and Children


Women often come into the shelter for the first time very fearful, broken and anxious. No one wants to come here: It’s the last resort.

That’s what it was when Penny* checked in. She and her children had fled an abusive partner. Her face was still black and blue from their last fight. When they arrived they were cold, scared and her daughter clung to her.

Staff got them warm blankets and some hot tea. They reassured Penny she was safe and she would be OK.

Penny’s response was, “I feel broken. I don’t think I’ll ever be right again.”

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Homeless, Hopeless, Loved

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Sep 19, 2018 4:05:07 PM

Being homeless can make you physically dirty. Its harsh realities can dull your senses and thicken your skin. It can drive you to do things you swore you would never do.

But homelessness can’t turn off your humanity. It can’t make you NOT want love and acceptance. It can’t make you NOT want security and a place to belong. It can’t make you NOT want to be with your children.

And it can’t hold back the love and power of the gospel, which God shows through his people every day at the Union Gospel Mission.


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Christmas: The Power of God with Us

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 13, 2017 11:52:57 AM

Christmas celebrates the arrival of Jesus, the Son of God clothed in humanity, on the earth. One of the most beautiful descriptions of that visitation, the one Jesus used of himself, is in Isaiah 61.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor…. to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.”

Proclaiming good news to the poor is an everyday occurrence at the Union Gospel Mission. Every year, it’s important to reflect particularly on the miracle of Christ’s birth and renew our sense of grateful wonder at the gift that made the good news possible: Immanuel, God with us. God with frail, broken humans. God with anyone crying out to him. God with you. God with me.

God with Enid.

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Loving Women in Crisis: Karen Herford

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 6, 2017 4:25:57 PM

Karen Herford brings high energy and broad experience to her new role as volunteer coordinator at the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. We asked her a few questions about her background and what it’s like to work with people in crisis.

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A Vessel for Jesus at the Crisis Shelter

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Feb 25, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Elizabeth Perricone is House Manager at the Union Gospel Mission Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. We asked her a few questions to hear about her heart for the homeless and how she sees God working at the Crisis Shelter. Her passion for sharing the gospel and showing Jesus' love is evident in her answers.

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10 Things You Should Know About the UGM Crisis Shelter

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Feb 3, 2017 3:38:42 PM

 The UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children celebrated its 10th anniversary in January. While the surroundings have changed dramatically in the last few months, the heart is still the same: The UGM Crisis Shelter exists to welcome the hurting and broken and connect them with the resources necessary to get back on their feet.

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

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Aug 11, 2016 2:12:54 PM

By Ron Hauenstein, Crisis Shelter volunteer

"What have we begun, when we pray like this? What have we done?

Can we ever know – what seeds we sow, what lights we show, what dreams we throw?"

      - Found on a prayer room wall in Chichester, England, cited in Red Moon Rising by Peter Greig

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A Heart for the Homeless

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 26, 2015 3:52:50 PM

Rich Schaus has completed 13 years of ministry at the Union Gospel Mission. He served approximately 5 years at Anna Ogden Hall before being appointed the Director of the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children when it opened in January of 2007.

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Two Hearts Full of Gratitude

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Apr 17, 2015 3:12:30 PM

The following two letters are from women staying at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children.

This first letter expresses gratitude toward all who give to the Shelter and make it possible. 

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