Homeless and Nowhere to Be

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 11, 2018 2:36:47 PM

 Kari had been walking for four days. Literally.

She wasn’t going anywhere. She didn’t need the exercise.

She was walking because her life had come to a standstill. She didn’t know what else to do. She had nowhere to be. 

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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

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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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Five Tips from a Used Car Salesman

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Oct 31, 2018 1:18:47 PM

Caleb Unruh is not your typical used car salesman, for several reasons.

His background, for one: When it became clear that his initial dream of being a missionary pilot wasn’t the right path for him, he looked around for a job that would support his family: his wife, Nicole, son, Asher, and daughter, Aspen (plus their dog, Archer).

Caleb, who grew up in a strong Christian family and counts his early decision to follow Jesus as “the best decision I ever made,” still wanted his work to be meaningful. “Isaiah 40:8 says, ‘The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.’ I love how this verse puts the journey we are all on in perspective. It allows me to refocus on what really matters, which is God’s eternal kingdom.”

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What Homeless People Want You to Know

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Oct 9, 2018 4:48:05 PM

Editor's note: For World Homeless Day, 10.10.18, we’re turning the keyboard over to a few of our current and former residents. Who better to explain what homeless people really need?

Phillip: Face to face, one at a time

I have lived at the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane for the past 14 months. My homelessness was caused by alcohol and drug dependency. Keeping a job and a place of my own has been impossible for me.

I have felt alone, afraid and unlovable for all of my 41 years. My confusion has lead me down the dark path of isolation, addiction, depression, and attempts of suicide.

Through the LIFE Recovery Program offered here, I have begun to understand the causes of my addictive behavior, my struggle with relationship and thus my inability to function normally in society. I have learned that adverse childhood experiences such as abuse and neglect are very common in the men whom I’ve talked to who have called this mission home (myself included).

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Pursued and Loved by a Good God

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Sep 27, 2018 2:36:56 PM

Matt Lewis has worked with the guests at the Men’s Shelter a little more than a year – first as a resident advisor and now as day desk supervisor. His passion to share God’s love with people who are broken and hopeless is evident in every way, including his answers to our questions about his area of UGM's ministry.

Editor’s note: We decided to switch up our usual Q+A format by putting Matt’s last answer first. We believe his heart shines brightest there and helps explain his passion both for his ministry at UGM and in the whole of his life.

 

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No Gray Areas: Inside the Payroll Office

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Aug 29, 2018 11:24:29 AM

Anne Graves’ working world is black and white. Well, not in the sense that she doesn’t enjoy color – her wardrobe suggests quite the opposite. But when it comes to doing things right, she draws a hard line. To take you behind the scenes in UGM’s back offices, here’s an entertaining Q+A with Anne, who is responsible for UGM’s payroll and compliance with employment law.

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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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Homeless and Fatherless

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Mar 27, 2018 2:32:08 PM

As a regular volunteer at the Crisis Shelter, Ron noticed a pattern in many of the homeless women and children he served: Dad wasn’t in the picture. In many cases, the father had been abusive or just disappeared. Ron decided something had to be done to restore families to be what God meant them to be. 

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What You Should Know About Helping the Homeless

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 13, 2017 12:01:32 PM

Perhaps you saw one of our volunteers holding a sign that said #EndHomelessness or Homeless Human on World Homeless Day. And you’re wondering just how to go about ending homelessness or what it means to see someone on the street as human, not homeless.

First off, just reading this blog is a step in the right direction. You want to make a difference. That's step one.

Step two is less of a step really and more of a mindset. Be prepared to be discouraged, to see countless obstacles, and even to be overwhelmed by the need. Hold onto the power of one: One person performing one small act can make a difference. You're not called to solve homelessness, but you may very well be called to do one thing to help.

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I Resolve to Help the Homeless

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 9, 2015 3:23:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

"Each and every one of you have the ability to make a profound and beautiful difference in the lives of somebody that is homeless, for the homeless. And when you do this you will make a profound and beautiful difference in your own life...If you find the beauty in just one person..."

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