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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Volunteer Profile: Gary Leonard

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 20, 2017 1:19:19 PM

By James "Rocky" Curtiss


Strangely enough, Gary Leonard’s commitment to volunteering at UGM started with a pillow.

UGM had put out a newsletter call for pillows. Gary saw it, went out and bought a new pillow and came to UGM to drop it off. Just as he entered the administrative offices, he ran into Phil Altmeyer, an old friend.

“Gary, what are you doing here?” Phil asked.

Gary laughed. “Well, I have this pillow and I’m looking for a place to sleep.”

“But, seriously, what are you doing here?”

Phil accompanied Gary into the building, where he ran into more old friends and ended up taking a tour of the expanded facilities. One thing led to another and Gary connected with Barbara Comito, UGM Marketing Director, and James Bishop, UGM’s multimedia producer. What a pleasant surprise to learn that Gary had 40 years of experience in radio, had recently retired and was looking to invest his time and talent in meaningful ministry.

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Volunteers: Rivers of Living Water

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 7, 2016 3:21:40 PM

In many ways, volunteers make UGM’s world go ‘round. They help with everything from case management to medical care to chapel. In 2015, approximately 1,000 volunteers provided more than 109,000 hours of work – equivalent to 52 full-time employees.

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Caring for People through Their Animals

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jul 15, 2016 2:19:51 PM

Behind UGM’s Men’s Shelter, out by the maintenance building, sits the veterinary clinic – a hidden but nonetheless impactful resource at UGM. Completely run by volunteers, the clinic serves individuals who can’t afford medical care for their pets.

Meet Denise, the head veterinarian in the clinic.

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Sharing Jesus with Children

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 15, 2015 3:22:00 PM


Volunteer Michaelyn Hodges has a heart for sharing Jesus with the children coming to UGM. She recently answered some of our questions and explained why she decided to volunteer and what she enjoys about it. Here's

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31 Years and Counting: Helping At-risk Youth

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 24, 2015 4:01:00 PM

After 31 years of volunteering for UGM at Juvenile Detention, Jerry McGlade still has a heart for helping at-risk youth. He also has a passion for sharing the gospel and spreading the love of Jesus with those who may never have experienced love. Here's what Jerry has to say about life, at-risk youth, and volunteering.

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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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10 Lessons I keep learning at the Union Gospel Mission: Part 2

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 9, 2014 1:13:00 AM

Editor's Note: A few days ago, volunteer David Wang shared a few of the lessons he’s learned spending time with homeless men in the day room at the UGM. Here, he finishes the list with five of the more sobering things he’s learning from that experience.

There are no easy answers - but then, that's not the point.

By David Wang, UGM High-Impact Volunteer

6. The lack of role models is a common thread for all these men.

None of these guys had men in their past they looked up to. Almost all come from troubled families. This lack of role models is a scar on them for the rest of their lives. For this reason, even “successful” cases of recovery and restoration often fail.

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10 Lessons I keep learning at the Union Gospel Mission: Part 1

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 2, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Editor's Note: Washington State University professor David Wang is a volunteer in the day room at UGM. His is a ministry of relationship or, as David calls it, "presence." Here he shares what he has learned and continues to learn from spending time with men at the UGM shelter.

What I learned while working with the homeless

By David Wang, UGM high-impact volunteer

1. There is a large community of the poor with huge needs right in our midst.

It is good to be with these folks.  The Scriptures say much about direct ministry to the poor.  Isaiah 58:6-7: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen? To bring bread to the hungry, and to bring the outcast into my house?”  It means a lot to be accepted by some from this community; to be on a first-name basis with some of them. 

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RESCUE: A Ministry of Disappointments

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 26, 2014 2:43:35 PM

Overcoming poverty, addiction and abuse

By Ron Hauenstein, UGM high-impact volunteer

Staff and volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission experience a constant cycle of emotional highs and lows. Daily we watch wounded people struggle to overcome addiction, poverty, dysfunctional relationships, economic hardships, and physical and emotional abuse. And frankly, more seem to stumble or fail than succeed.

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