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Union Gospel Mission Sacramento

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Since 1962 the Union Gospel Mission has provided food, clothing, shelter and a life-changing Gospel message to the homeless and the poor of Sacramento. The Mission has grown to serve more than 9,000 meals monthly. Every night, we shelter 84 men. Our Women's Clothing Closet offers Bible study and a huge variety of essential items such as clothing, purses, shoes, and sundries to assist them with their daily needs, help them prepare for work; and for their children. We offer haircuts, mail service, and showers, continuously. We provide food baskets to families and the elderly. Nightly nondenominational services and volunteer outreach programs give support for those who rarely hear an encouraging word from the Gospel. Our 9-month drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is free of charge and accommodates 24 men with a Bible structured curriculum. A vocational training and job placement program to help men find new beginnings, restoring dignity to broken lives, and providing hope.

Results: We have grown to not only serve homeless men, but to a 9-month in-house recovery program, a women's clothing closet that also helps with their children, food boxes to families and seniors in need, and expanding to include a 9,600 sqft building down the street.

Target demographics: Homeless and Urban Poor

Direct beneficiaries per year: 104,759 Meals Served to Men, Women and Children, 1,274 Food Boxes to Families and Seniors, 21,900 Homeless Men Sheltered, 13 Men Graduated from our 9 month in-house Recovery Program, 1,158 Women & children served through our Women's Clothing Closet, 2,592 Mailroom Services, Men & Women, 35,920 Articles of Clothing & Shoes Given, 9,895 Hygiene Products Handed Out, 624 Men's Haircuts, 45,265 Attended Chapel Service

Geographic areas served: Sacramento

Programs: Homeless Shelter, Men's Drug & Alcohol Recovery Program, Food Boxes to Families and Seniors, Women's Clothing Closet, Chapel Service and Dinner 365 days a year, daily Showers, Clothing, Hygiene Products and Mail Services, Vocational Training and Job Placement Program, and a Warming Center during cold months.

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is true that one thing leads to another. A series of events brought me to find Union Gospel Mission Sacramento's Rehabilitation Program for my son. It is also true that the person suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction has to want to get help for themselves for it to work. For my son, entering a program that was based on Faith, Christian beliefs, love and understanding finally seemed to be what he had been looking for for many years. Union Gospel Mission Sacramento not only changed his life while he was there and they continue to be a special part of his life but they changed my life too. I am so blessed to have gotten to know everyone that works there and call them my friends. They are all doing God's work and it is a true blessing to the program men and all of the countless homeless people they help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Union Gospel Mission is a true representation of God's love.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have witnessed men whose entire lives have been changed 180 degrees. From addicts with no hope to healthy men with self confidence and a vision for their positive futures. They were psychologically defeated knowing they have tried on their own only to be beat down over and over again.
This mission rely s only on the public's contributions. They exhibit great and sincere compassion. They don't put anyone down. They build people up with the knowledge they are God's creation and He wants to help them live a positive life.
We personally find this a most worthy charity and a fine investment for our money.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not even sure how I became connected with the Union Gospel Mission, but I have been donating to them for over twenty years. Over that time, I have received heartfelt thanks in the mail and through invitations to visit the mission and tour the facility and hear about the ministry and good work they do.

So much reaching out goes on at the Union Gospel Mission. Many have probably never heard of it, but there is a lot of love and sincere caring there.

There are many other places that ask me for donations, but I truly feel that the money I donate to the Union Gospel Mission is put to such rewarding use. Those who go through the program at the Union Gospel Mission come out with a new focus and hope.

I believe in the work that the Union Gospel Mission does and will continue to support it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for several years I can say that Union Gospel Mission is really making a difference in people's lives.\uD83D\uDE42our church also serves once a month and have blessed many and been blessed in return! We are so thankful there's a place like UGM and the awesome people who work there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reaching the disadvantaged with the GOSPEL MESSAGE, GOOD JOB!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Praise the Lord for the Union Gospel Mission. God is using the loving staff at UGM to minister to the many homeless in Sacramento. I enjoy so much volunteering and bringing a little joy to those who have so little.

1 Stephanie M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Union Gospel Mission is an awesome place. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping the less fortunate. Several months ago, I had an opportunity to tour the mission. I was so impressed with the entire atmosphere, the caring staff and outstanding programs and opportinities offered.

1 Jeff B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does great work helping out people who need to "get back on their feet" with great programs. They work hard to feed the hungry and teach life skills.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are offering a place of refuge for those with no where else to go.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This Mission is a light house in a dark area. They continue in there endeavor to get the Gospel out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the blessing of helping a bit at UGM Sacramento. Their hearts are gold. They are making a big difference in many lives. They are doing wonderful work - restoring lives for the long term; imparting hope and faith in those who need it the most. Could not recommend them enough!

1 cindygmurphy

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen the Union Gospel Mission help men restart their lives. I have heard many testimonies of the men that have went through the rehabilitation program and graduated, whereby they have been reunited with their families, went back to work and attribute their new lives back to the program and the staff at the Union Gospel Mission. I have prayed with many of the homeless just before they go in for their nightly meal after our chapel service and seen the tears of gratitude for not only a place for them to rest, but also the food that is provided daily. I am also very grateful for the additional work that is done for women and the working poor. Our women's clothes closet and the food baskets provide the extra that is needed to help provide food for families and clean clothes for woman that are homeless or struggling financially. I am so thankful for the amazing staff at the mission that helps so many men and women.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have met and heard the testimony of hundreds of the graduates of the Union Gospel Mission and through each and everyone of those, they share the difference the Mission has made in their lives. How the staff and the other men on the program have helped them get through a tough time and how their lives have been improved. There has never been a graduation ceremony that I have attended that I have not been moved to tears from the men that completed the Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Program after they shared their appreciation and stories. The staff reflects a tremendous amount of sincere helpful and loving attitudes and they all strive to help those struggling with addictions or homelessness. I am also thankful the Mission is able to also help women with their lives as well, through the Woman's Clothes Closet and the Bible Studies. Through the constant prayers and petitions to the Lord, the Mission is truly blessed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been supporting Union Gospel Mission for several years since we took my son there for Recovery. He wasn't ready to be a part of this amazing program, but WE WERE! We are parents of an addict, have a prison ministry & do Christian counseling & teaching as God leads.
We have been through the Mission as well as collected food, clothing & personal items to donate. We know a leader in the Recovery program personally and are just so very impressed at the heart & soul of this much needed ministry!!! They have a wonderful balance of compassion & accountability. There are so many homeless & needy now on the streets and this mission is a haven of hope & help!! They are where the "rubber meets the road" ~ just as Jesus was! Union Gospel Mission deserves to be blessed as they bless so many!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

UGM is very committed to serving homeless, preaching the gospel, helping turn lives around. Always responsive to my emails. Appreciative when we come to serve meals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

UGM had change my life back in 2009 in the program. I became Internal there and Got hired on and still with UGM as Evening Supervisor helping others like I been help. Showing how God save me and help me become better man for my family and friends. God bless you All my our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in his Love and Grace now and forever. Amen

Supervisor,
Bobby Chatman

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They help with different services. I love the way they make you feel you are important no matter what the need is.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A loved one received assistance and guidance from this amazing place. I would recommend Union Gospel Mission to anyone in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Union Gospel Mission is the non-profit at the top of our "love to support" list!! We have personally known their staff & dedication to helping those in need for several years as client served, donor & professional in related field. Their tireless & unselfish work is unmatchable. UGM is totally responsible in their use of funds & items donated. They truly care about & love the brothers & sisters who come to them for help. We whole-heartedly support UGM & urge you to join us!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers in the Womens Clothes Closet are amazing. Full of gentleness and guidance, knowledge and willingness to love on the gals who show up. They are also Prayer Warriors! Thank you to each one for enriching the lives of so many!
Miriam Doonan

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Donor

Rating: 4

This mission house is doing more than any other nonprofit around. They have many options for helping homeless and needy, all in the name of Christ the Lord. Not many big shelters around give eternal spiritual hope for the needy souls