Beauty in Every Note

Bill Westlund sets his guitar back on its stand. “It grounds me,” he says. “God uses it to teach me patience and remind me that I’m still teachable.” He hands me a five-page copy of his testimony, ink still warm. “Writing helps me process. It makes my emotions physical. You can read them, say them […]

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Dan Clem Selected to Lead the Union Gospel Mission

The Board of Directors of UGM has selected Dan Clem as the Executive Director. Salem’s Union Gospel Mission serves the needs of the homeless with shelter, meals, recovery, transitional housing and services, employment, education, and hope throughout the mid-Willamette valley.  Clem will lead this non-profit organization with six facilities in the Salem-Keizer area, including the […]

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Learning to Hope

Every woman who participates in the New Life Fellowship program at Simonka Place engages in the Learning Center during their time in the program. As a Learning Center Instructor, I help women brush up on math, writing, and computers skills or gain a GED so they may be prepared to get a job or go […]

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Gary Saves a Life

We often say our volunteers are lifesavers because of the incredible support they offer our guests. For former employee and Men’s Mission volunteer, Gary Dulany, this title took on a whole new meaning. When Gary learned UGM guest and disabled veteran Jeffery was on the floor, unconscious, he rushed straight in. Gary performed CPR and […]

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I’m Walking with God!

“I don’t belong. There’s something wrong with me. I can’t trust anybody. If I leave, everything will fall apart. If people know me, they won’t like me.” Wendy had carried these false beliefs around since her childhood. Later in life, she turned to drugs and alcohol to silence them, but in the throes of her […]

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