Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Union Gospel Mission serves as a temporary overflow shelter during the cold weather. Typically, Union Gospel Mission doesn't offer temporary shelter. To live at Union Gospel Mission a person needs to be part of our addiction recovery community, LifeChange. But, when it gets this cold, the Mission is an overflow night shelter with around thirty homeless people sleeping on the dining hall floor.
We give the blankets to people in the morning, and we hand the blankets out all day, so we need donations of blankets and sleeping bags. Since people are sleeping on the floor donations of mats would be great.
It would also be great to have donations of coffee (caffinated is preferred, rather than decaf!) and oatmeal, because its an easy meal to fix in the morning.
If you or someone you know would like to donate blankets, coffee or anything they can be dropped off at the Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue in Portland, or call us at 503-274-4483.
The residents of the LifeChange recovery community are really making this happen, they are staying up night shifts to monitor the guests and really showing compassion to people in need.
You can also make a donation at our website: http://www.ugmportland.org/donate.html
Friday, January 18, 2008
There are more interesting photos from Union Gospel Mission's early days on our web site at http://www.ugmportland.org/about.html
Union Gospel Mission is in the same building, and same location. In January, 2007, Union Gospel Mission opened the new LifeChange Center attached to the existing Mission.
Here is a picture of the LifeChange Center. This building houses the LifeChange recovery community. LifeChange helps men and women who were "defeated" or felt hopeless in their addiction and gives them an opportunity for a new life.
After writing about the first evening Gospel service at Union Gospel Mission, Rev. Newsom included this Bible passage:
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Here's a picture of the LifeChange team bringing in a donated futon/couch to the thrift store. As you can see, its a fairly large store with a great variety of items.
So- at the Union Gospel Mission thrift store you will get a great deal on whatever you buy, the money from your purchase will help people in addiction recovery, and the store is a place where people in recovery are learning marketable skills as they rebuild their lives and overcome addiction. Now, that's smart shopping.
More info. about the thrift store at http://www.ugmportland.org/thrift.html