Youth and the Future of Ministry

Posted by Union Gospel Mission May 31, 2018 12:53:05 PM

By Ryan Brown, UGM Youth Outreach Director


Three and a half years ago, I was called back to a place where God transformed my life: Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission.

I had no idea the blessing that would come would be so substantial and life-changing for this community, and me personally.

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The UGM Residents You Didn't Know About

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer May 23, 2018 11:22:10 AM

For years, the reader board at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children on East Sprague read, “Hope starts here.”

The Crisis Shelter has a bigger, more suitable facility now. But hope is still budding at that old motel building.

It is now the UGM Student Impact Center, a fusion of residential and community space where college students live and reach young people at risk in Spokane. Those 12-15 resident interns” serve at least 8-10 hours a week on top of their full class schedules. 

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3 Ways UGM Campers Make Lifelong Memories

Posted by Union Gospel Mission May 16, 2018 2:16:05 PM

Siblings Caden and Teryn, 11 and 9, had never been to summer camp before they went to UGM Camp last summer – free of charge.

“We wanted to send them, but we didn’t have the resources,” says their mom, Lori. “It’s just wonderful. They get a chance to do this even if the family’s not necessarily able to.”

Thanks to our UGM Camp sponsors and volunteers, each summer hundreds of children from low-income local neighborhoods get an unforgettable week of enjoying nature, building friendships, and hearing about Jesus’ love for them.


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What the Kids in Juvenile Detention Want to Know

Posted by Union Gospel Mission May 10, 2018 1:53:31 PM

Christa serves in the Juvenile Detention ministry for UGM Youth Outreach. Here, she reflects on her experiences with these young people.

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Student Impact: Like Family

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Aug 23, 2017 10:11:40 AM

By Shatara Flowers, Student Impact Center resident intern


A year ago I would have never imagined I’d be in such a place, experiencing life in such unexpected and extraordinary ways with a team of people all running after the same thing. These same people today feel more like a family.

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UGM Camp: Much More than Fun and Games

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer May 16, 2017 1:13:56 PM

Heidi Hash had the chance to give a priceless gift. It wouldn’t cost her money, but it would require a huge investment of time, energy – and faith.

The youth pastor at her church, South Hill Bible Church, was invited to bring a group of kids to UGM Camp for a week, and he was wondering where they should look to find the children who needed it most.

“Grant!” she said immediately. She had two children at Grant Elementary School and knew it held hundreds for whom this would be the only way they’d ever get to go to camp. The school’s rate of children qualifying for lunch assistance from the government is 83%, reflecting the relative poverty in the neighborhood. These parents can’t afford to pay for “luxuries” like summer camp.

The Grant principal welcomed the idea. She asked what kinds of children they wanted to recruit.

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The Young and the Homeless: Fighting Poverty at its Roots

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer May 9, 2017 1:10:50 PM

The numbers are hard to nail down, but they’re sobering any way you look at them. These are the best estimates we could formulate from the numbers we found.

  • There are 1.6 million homeless children and teens in the United States.
  • 80,000 of them are unaccompanied by parents.
  • At least 50% of homeless teens have experienced abuse. Many are homeless because they ran away from abusive households.
  • 70% of homeless teens use drugs and/or alcohol to medicate the pain of their situation.
  • Close to home: There are 3,000 homeless children in grades K-12 in Spokane County alone.

We have to do something.

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Empowering Youth: Christa

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer May 24, 2016 4:11:20 PM

These days, millennials get a bad rap. They’re called lazy, selfish, rude.

But when it comes to the millennials on the UGM Student Impact Team, these descriptors are far from true. Better words to describe them would be compassionate, insightful, and passionate.

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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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Living As a Mission

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Mar 31, 2015 3:34:00 PM

I'm having a LOT of thoughts lately.

So many in fact, that I'm going to try and write some down. Hopefully others will feel encouraged, assured, challenged and surprised by what they might find here.

I used to live IN a mission. Not the Spanish missions that founded much of the west coast, but a homeless shelter mission. I have much to say about that - now is not the time.

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