The Union Gospel Mission is a religious organization that works to serve the homeless in the greater Seattle area. Their mission is to “serve, rescue and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ.”
They do this by following a list of core values:
- Bold and courageous
- Diverse brilliance
- Passionate urgency
- Strategic effectiveness
- Pursuit of excellence
- Sacred trust
- Innovative and scrappy
The UGM provides both emergency care and long-term recovery services to the homeless. They believe that as public money decreases to assist the “hurting and homeless” in Seattle, God is calling them to fill this need.
“We refuse to forget our poor and homeless neighbors,” they write. “Our programs awaken hope in the hearts of people overcome with poverty and homelessness.
The organization got its start serving soup during the Great Depression. Now, almost 100 years later they are expanding and caring for their neighbors in so many neighborhoods across the entire greater Seattle area.
The Union Gospel Mission is now seeking to expand its services. As their website says, “God’s calling us to dream big as the gap widens between human need and public resources. We’re expanding our efforts like never before—beyond Seattle to the rest of King County.”
The UGM fills the gap by fighting hunger, homelessness, poverty, and addiction and helping high-risk youth. They do this by partnering with local churches, other organizations, and the local government.
In addition to these services, they also provide medical, dental, and mental health assistance; youth and prison ministries; transitional housing; legal services; direct outreach to the Latino/a community; and more. The organization also supports an “Art From the Streets” program, which “provides instruction and space for homeless men and women to explore the arts as a catalyst for healing and therapy.” It also allows homeless people to connect to the community through artistic expression.
The Union Gospel Mission is always looking for donations of time, supplies and money. Visit their website to see how you can help.