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Does Poverty Cause Homelessness?

May 22, 2019 9:06:34 AM

Editor's note: In addition to being a wife, mother of eight children, a staff member with Cru, and a graduate student, Marchauna Rodgers is a longtime friend of UGM. Over the years, she and her children have been regular meal servers and Thrift Store shoppers. She once said that if any of her children were ever homeless, she would want them to be treated the way UGM treats its guests. We're excited to welcome her to the UGM blog.

By Marchauna Rodgers

First of all, I’m a new voice in this conversation. Though my relationship with UGM is long-standing, it’s honestly been from a position of ignorance in many ways. It wasn’t until beginning a Master of Arts program in Development and Justice that pieces began to fall into place. My emphasis with the program is international development, including a focus on definitions and causes of poverty.

Coming from a faith perspective, theologically aligned with UGM, my faith informs everything I do, including my research into poverty. As you read, remember that lens. If you don’t come from a faith perspective, we can perhaps still agree that while different lenses may affect one's perspectives, they don’t really change the underlying conclusion. 

Union Gospel Mission: Our Doors Are Open

Apr 22, 2019 2:01:00 PM

The gospel is integral who we are. Come and see.

Make His Path Straight

Mar 27, 2019 4:52:20 PM

Robert is a new man. Hearing the gospel at UGM, his relationship with God has changed. His view of himself has changed, and his attitude toward other people has changed.

The Gospel and the Gathering

Mar 21, 2019 12:07:00 PM

Homelessness has reached a crisis point in Spokane. What does the Gospel have to do with this important issue?

Overcoming Obstacles to Fight Homelessness

Feb 13, 2019 1:54:15 PM

What in the world do the Union Gospel Mission and an extreme Spartan race have in common? Jonathan Bonetti. He's motivated in his fitness goals by the chance to truly help the homeless people he sees downtown every day.

What Homeless People Want You to Know

Oct 9, 2018 4:48:05 PM

This World Homeless Day, we're turning the blog over to UGM residents to explain what homeless people experience and what they need most.

Pursued and Loved by a Good God

Sep 27, 2018 2:36:56 PM

Matt Lewis works in a homeless shelter because he loves to be with people who appear broken, hopeless or weak. He relishes the chance to share the power and hope of our identity in Christ and watch God's love transform others for his Kingdom.

Sharing Stories of Helping the Homeless

Oct 26, 2017 4:46:10 PM

Almost three decades of relationship-building at UGM has made Dave Wall the man with countless stories. He recently wrote one of his oldest ones down.

What You Should Know About Helping the Homeless

Oct 13, 2017 12:01:32 PM

Perhaps you saw someone holding a sign that said #EndHomelessness on World Homeless Day. You’re wondering just how to really help the homeless. Start here.

Why World Homeless Day?

Oct 4, 2017 2:42:02 PM

Homeless people are people first. Adam, Alfred, Bill, Luc, and Marcus are a few examples of the stories you should stop and hear this World Homeless Day.