Meet Marlie, a UGM volunteer

Marlie was out of her comfort zone on her first day as a volunteer at UGM. In fact, she was “deer-in-the-headlights nervous. I was afraid I’d do or say the wrong thing or slow the serving line down.” She admits that she did all of those things at first but she kept coming back because […]

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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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Leaving Your Cape at the Cross

When he was high on methamphetamine, Mike thought he was Superman. “I was unstoppable. Nobody could touch me.” But he eventually realized, “I was just a broken person.” Mike’s brokenness began at age 18 when his mother passed away. “My whole world collapsed,” he recalls. “That’s when I started plummeting into the downward spiral of […]

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