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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World Homeless Day 2016

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 10, 2016 3:14:23 PM

Each year, UGM tries to do something to mark this day – 10/10 – something to say, We see you. We’re paying attention. For the last two years, we’ve been down at Riverpark Square with a big white board, asking people to put a “hand up” for the homeless. Children loved the exercise, and hopefully, it helped to raise awareness of homelessness in Spokane. But this year, we decided to do something a little different.

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How do you define "home?"

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Feb 24, 2016 11:24:28 AM

By Cherise Stutzman, UGM Volunteer

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine moved from Idaho to Europe. Today, I asked her to define the word “home.” 

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Lose the Label: Damaged Goods

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Dec 8, 2015 3:37:15 PM

“When you know that you’re bad, you always feel like you’re doing something wrong.”

After meeting her biological parents and realizing her mother and father were both addicts, Sonja believed she was just damaged goods; a bad seed.

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Lose the Label: Chronically Homeless

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 1, 2015 1:23:10 PM

Troy is a likable guy with a quick smile. He learned and remembered my name the first time I met him, and ever since then, if I pass him – even if I’m halfway across the parking lot – he never fails to greet me. He has a gift for making people feel like they really matter.

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Honoring Those Who Have Fought for Freedom

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Nov 10, 2015 3:50:11 PM

While 2015 Point-in-Time Count numbers for the nation showed an overall decrease in veteran homelessness, the statistic for homeless veterans in Spokane increased between 2014 and 2015 from 85 to 101.

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Homelessness: It's About People

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Nov 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Editor's Note: This blog post is part of a series on homelessness. Part 1 explained the magnitude and complexity of the problem. Part 2 was a story about one homeless couple and their struggle to get off the streets. Part 3 introduces UGM's take on a solution. For starters, we suggest you...

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Hopelessness to Homelessness

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 30, 2015 4:14:03 PM

By David Nicosia, UGM Men's Recovery participant

When I became homeless, there were so many feelings that led up to it. How stupid was I to allow myself to give up, quit jobs, drink too much the night before work, cheat on women who really loved me! How stupid I was to procrastinate on my bills, and feed myself alcohol and drugs instead of a home cooked meal! How did I get to be so dumb?

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Homeless, Hopeless, and Alone

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jun 17, 2015 4:52:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“I thought it was me, all by myself. I’ve got to do everything, period. No help. And then, I walked through the east door.”

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The Struggle for True Identity

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Mar 17, 2015 1:07:00 PM

In "The Reason Why," the author gave a description, through her story, of why she believes many women get involved in unhealthy relationships or turn to addiction. In the conclusion, she struggles with her past but, eventually, finds her true identity. 

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