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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Feeding the Hungry: Behind the Scenes

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Feb 27, 2018 1:50:34 PM

Anna Havercroft is our warehouse manager, managing the in-kind donations that come into UGM. As you'll see in her interview below, that is more than a full-time job!

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What You Have to Offer a Homeless Person: Acceptance

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Feb 21, 2018 2:19:45 PM

Over the past two months, we’ve been talking a lot about partnership – how church and business partners, volunteers and donors are the lifeblood of this ministry, how we simply could not do what we do without you.

 You give money. You give time. You give toiletries and food and clothing. You give your skills, creativity and job opportunities.

 But one of the very best things you give is something of which you might not even be aware: Acceptance.

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Business Partners Get People Back to Work

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Feb 15, 2018 4:33:35 PM

Work is a key ingredient of the process of ending homelessness one person, one family at a time. And while you’ll find current and former residents working throughout the Union Gospel Mission, we know only a handful of the people who come to us for help will get their permanent job at UGM.

So, we depend on more than 100 Business Partners to give our residents the chance to build their skills, confidence and work history to obtain and succeed in real-world employment. And while we firmly believe benefits of Business Partnership go both ways, we’re still extremely grateful to the businesses and organizations – and the supervisors and managers – who give people in recovery the chance they need to get back on their feet and hold a contributing role in society.

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Church Partnership: Sun City Church

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jan 31, 2018 11:05:09 AM

“I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:4-5

Sun City Church opened its doors only three years ago, in January 2015. Actually, it would be more accurate to say the church didn’t even have its own doors to open until last year. But even as the new congregation met in an event center and then at a local high school, the church had already planted its flag as an “outward-focused” church.

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Howdy, Partners: Why We Keep Using That Word

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jan 24, 2018 3:47:10 PM

You may have noticed it here on the blog, on Facebook, on UGM buildings and publications. It’s the first word in our purpose statement.

Partnering, partnership, partner. As a noun, a verb, an adjective – it’s everywhere. We use “partners” to refer to financial supporters, volunteers, people who give their stuff to the Thrift Stores, employers who provide Business Practicums, shoppers who fill our food drive barrels… etc., etc.

You may wonder why we use that word so much. What do we mean by it?

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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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5 Reasons to Volunteer at UGM

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer May 8, 2015 11:41:00 AM

“When people on fire for Christ choose to invest their lives and their resources in broken families, change happens.” –Ron Hauenstein, Crisis Shelter volunteer

In 2018, volunteers gave 118,273 hours throughout UGM's various outreaches. They served as receptionists, doctors, lawyers, cooks, childcare providers, case managers, mentors, mechanics, veterinarians, meal servers, counselors, administrative assistants and so much more. Volunteers stretch the funds donated to UGM and make it possible for us to provide so many services we wouldn't be able to do otherwise. It's a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ in action.

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