Luis was only in the 5th grade when he was ensnared by the gang lifestyle. The lure of power, respect and intimidation took over his life. “I started robbing, stealing, extorting…getting into fights, sending people to the hospital,” explains Luis. “I brought nothing but disaster and destruction to my life and others.”Read More
At just 11 years old Shae started doing dope. “I was running with the wrong crowd,” says Shae. Shae describes her drug induced life as chaotic and reckless.Read More
Cold, tired and discouraged, Jon walked into the Union Gospel Mission on 3rd and Burnside in Old Town Portland. Newly homeless, Jon was traveling from Spokane, Washington heading to Bakersfield, California. Portland was just supposed to be a rest stop.Read More
We are starting to think about Christmas. LifeChange for Women and Their Children have put out their Christmas wish list for 2018. Please look over the list and see if there is anything you could donate to bring some joy to a LifeChange resident or their child.Read More
Homeless, in a wheel chair and blind…can it get any worse? Once a leading defensive tackle in college and semi-pro football, Bubba (as he likes to be called) sits in his new apartment in SE Portland.
Several months ago Bubba could be seen in his wheel chair sleeping in front of the Union Gospel Mission on 3rd and Burnside in Old Town Portland. “God told me to stay in front of the mission,” Bubba exclaims. Being blind, in a wheel chair and homeless is dangerous and frightening. “People on the streets would rob me blind,” Bubba laughs. He can laugh about it now thanks to the UGM Homeless Services team. After building a relationship and trust with Bubba, our Homeless Services team helped Bubba fill out the appropriate paperwork and make the appointments to get him off the streets and into his own apartment. This is a prime example of UGM’s CARE – CONNECT – COACH success.
Bubba occasionally still comes down to the Mission for a hot meal and fellowship, but now he has a home of his own to go back to.Read More