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Ministry in a Thrift Store

Jan 15, 2020 10:34:36 AM

Meet Jaclyn, Manager at the UGM Downtown Thrift Store

By Christy Zapata, UGM Volunteer


Although she couldn't see it at the time, God had been preparing Jaclyn Ferrell for her position as Manager of the Union Gospel Mission Downtown Thrift Store for a long time.
As a young mother of five, Jaclyn lost her first husband to suicide and her second husband to drug addiction. For the next 17 years, she struggled to provide a stable home for her children by herself - at times working three jobs. In order to stretch a dollar, keep shoes on her kids’ feet and food on the table, she became a regular thrift store shopper. The thrill of discovering 'hidden treasures' at second hand stores still excites her, and knowing her own store is full of just such treasures for the community makes her job a joy.

One Man, Two Careers in Service

Jul 3, 2018 8:23:00 AM

Greg Barclay gave 22 years to serving our country as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. In his second career, he is giving himself to a different kind of service: Placing volunteers where they can have the greatest impact to help the homeless.

The UGM Residents You Didn't Know About

May 23, 2018 11:22:10 AM

UGM is training up young adults to become strong leaders, following God’s call to reach the poor and vulnerable. Meredith McFall is one of those young leaders.