What is the significance of 61-12? One number represents an increase in demand for meals, which has jumped 61%, the second 12, represents the decline in donations, which are down 12% over last year. As you can see from the picture, the lines in front of the Mission on any given day is pretty long. These are folks that are looking for a cup of coffee, a snack or an article of clothing. Union Gospel Mission is not the only agency in Portland experiencing an increase, KGW-TV news recently reported that the Mission as well as others are seeing an increase. READ ABOUT IT HERE

As the temperatures get cooler, we expect demand to grow. Please keep the Mission and the homeless in your prayers.