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LISTEN – “I Was Homeless, Hopeless,” Lives Transformed By Union Gospel Mission

Sunday, November 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – (K-LOVE Closer Look – Kindra Ponzio/Marya Morgan) Union Gospel Mission operates on the outer northwest edge of California’s capitol city, near the riverbank where a growing number of homeless men, women and children take refuge.

The shelter operates a warming center in the winter months. “It costs us an additional $25-thousand dollars a year to do that,” says Pastor Tim Lane, UGM Director. “That way we have it open that they can at least come in and not freeze to death if it gets that cold out there. Granted it’s California,” he adds, “but spend the night outside sometime – especially if you’re sick.”

The mission site also has 60 temporary beds available for the transient population and space for up to 24 men who commit to the mission’s 9-month drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. While there is no current capability to house women at Union Gospel Mission, men who successfully complete the program report steady sobriety and radical spiritual transformation.

Click below to hear from Adam, Willie and Jack in their own words.

ADAM was homeless five times and was living in his car when begged his mother for help one last time. He’s finally kicking drugs through the UGM residential rehab program.

WILLIE is a new intern at UGM. His mother was a heroin addict and he has been in and out of mental institutions. Now he’s focused on serving Jesus and giving his three children a good life.

JACK – MISSION MANAGER -- a former gang member, in and out of prison for more than 30 years, he’s clean, sober and serves as trusted member of the Union Gospel Mission staff.

Adam takes a selfie with K-LOVE's Kindra Ponzio
Pictured: Jack (left), Willie (right)

 

For more than fifty-years the Christ-based service organization has fed, clothed and sheltered people with no place to call home. Shelter staff and volunteers cook and serve more than 8,000 hot meals each month, assemble and distribute food boxes for the working poor and make free, clean clothes available to women and children in need.

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