Food Partners: A Win-Win Relationship

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Oct 3, 2018 11:52:16 AM

Food service partners provide the bulk of the ingredients for the meals served at the Union Gospel Mission, which added up to more than 310,000 in 2017. But those meals are still only a part of how UGM helps feed the hungry thanks to those partnerships.

UGM’s refrigerated truck driver goes out five days a week to pick up food donations from grocery stores, restaurants and distributors. Those foods end up in UGM’s six kitchens (four shelters, Student Impact Center and UGM Camp) as well as in partnering churches, food pantries and other organizations that work to feed the hungry in our region.

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A Brief History of UGM, Part 1: 1951 to 1987

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Aug 16, 2018 3:48:00 PM

In the autumn of 1951, a group of businessmen from Spokane attended a dinner hosted by Albert Arend, where they heard testimony from a former alcoholic whose life had been changed through hearing the gospel at the Yakima rescue mission.

Arend asked who would be willing to serve on the board of a new mission in Spokane to reach homeless men with the gospel. All of them raised their hands.

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Setting God's Table at a Homeless Shelter

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Apr 11, 2018 1:34:13 PM

One of the reasons the Union Gospel Mission exists is to feed the hungry. We live in an extremely generous community that provides resources and services to help that happen. But somebody has to be in charge from day to day! Matt Cage, kitchen supervisor at the Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, sees his job as more than just meal planning and cooking – he feeds the hungry in more ways than one. We asked him a few questions about what his world is like.

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got connected to the Union Gospel Mission.

I moved to North Idaho from San Diego after a 27-year career with Nordstrom came to an end.  I began going to Lake City Community Church, and that is where I heard Phil Altmeyer speak at the men’s breakfast. I was not working and was volunteering my time in the community.

Several people mentioned to me that I should apply to UGM in Coeur d’Alene. After several suggestions from others, I went and put my application in at the Center for Women and Children. All I knew about UGM was from what I heard Phil speak about, and I thought it was located in Spokane. The Center is truly an amazing ministry.  I am grateful to be a part of what God is doing here.


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