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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Man who stayed at Union Gospel Mission charged with randomly attacking three people with a knife

Police arrested an apparently homeless man from Utah Tuesday who is suspected of randomly stabbing three people, sending two to the hospital with serious injuries.


Low-cost vet clinic at Union Gospel Mission keeps animals healthy and owners happy

Pets can help calm their owners and reduce stress. That can be key for people who are living in poverty, say volunteers who run a low-cost vet clinic out of …


The gift of time: For Kevin Twohig, serving at UGM Thanksgiving is a family tradition

For eight years, Spokane Public Facilities District CEO Kevin Twohig has volunteered with his family and hundreds of other helpers providing the Union Gospel Mission’s City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Bisexual lawyer rejected by Union Gospel Mission sues

A bisexual Christian man is suing Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission after it refused to hire him as an attorney because of his sexual orientation.


Guest Opinion: Phil Altmeyer: What is the loving response to homelessness?

Some social service organizations define loving their homeless neighbors as providing those neighbors with everything they need to survive on the streets. I respectfully challenge that definition.


Initiative aims to return fatherhood into the fabric of family

When Ron Hauenstein started volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s shelter for homeless women in 2008, he had an encounter that would change his life. Hauenstein had stopped at the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Police find AK-47 loaded with 63 rounds of ammunition in car of man arrested Thursday

Police discovered an AK-47 assault rifle in the car of man arrested Thursday after a short chase just to the east of downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Police chase nets man who brandished assault rifle near downtown Spokane

A man who brandished an assault rifle outside the Union Gospel Mission Thursday afternoon was arrested after a brief chase with police.


Union Gospel Mission’s sobriety requirement for homeless fits philosophy of solving poverty

Union Gospel Mission focuses on people who are ready to get sober and requires sobriety at their shelters.


Mandatory overnight rule at Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission concerns some advocates for the homeless

Some homeless people in Spokane are concerned about changes restricting access to services at the Union Gospel Mission men’s shelter, advocates for the homeless say.


Union Gospel Mission to open new crisis shelter for women and children

The Union Gospel Mission later this month will open a new crisis shelter for women and children, replacing an old motel on East Sprague Avenue that the nonprofit has used …


Norovirus outbreak stabilizing at House of Charity, Union Gospel Mission

Following a norovirus outbreak at the House of Charity over the weekend, health officials and shelter staff are working to get the doors back open.


Spokane health officials say risk of norovirus spreading widely is ‘extremely low’

Following a norovirus outbreak this weekend in two downtown Spokane homeless shelters, public health officials are saying the risk of the general population acquiring the virus is “extremely low.”


Suspected norovirus sickens dozens at the House of Charity

Two homeless shelters in downtown Spokane were under quarantine Saturday after more than 60 people got sick from a suspected norovirus outbreak.


City moves forward with delayed Martin Luther King Jr. boulevard extension, ponders condemnation

The Spokane City Council will vote on a $3.3 million contract Monday to extend Martin Luther King Jr. Way, after four years of stagnation. They may have to go to …


Union Gospel Mission seeks an expanded shelter for women and children

The Union Gospel Mission is eyeing a vacant nursing home in northeast Spokane for an expanded shelter for women and children.


Hunters help Union Gospel Mission feed the hungry

Union Gospel Mission chef Derek Mobley runs a mixing paddle through his Swedish meatball sauce. He pauses, dips a spoon into the tilt skillet.


City, Downtown Spokane Partnership campaign to target panhandling

As a round of cars passed Douglas Seibold and his crinkled cardboard sign that read “anything is nice?” at Division and Third, he finished the last of his late-morning beer …


Downtown church hosts homeless at Super Bowl bash

For a few hundred people in Spokane, Sunday’s Super Bowl was more than a chance to cheer their Seahawks to a decisive victory or puzzle over how their Broncos fell …


UGM offering more job opportunities for trainees, interns

Half the reason the Union Gospel Mission operates a used car lot and service center in Spokane Valley is to help cover the cost of its many service programs in …


Union Gospel Mission opens center for women, children in CdA

Two women, both mothers in need of healing, have bonded at the start of a long journey toward recovery. They’re doing it from the refuge of the new Union Gospel …


Grant boosts center for women, children

Union Gospel Mission has received a $700,000 grant to help complete construction of its new Coeur d’Alene Center for Women and Children. The grant comes from the Affordable Housing Program, …


Graduating in grace

Derek Mobley will be the first to tell you that he made some bad choices growing up in California. “Did drugs, sold drugs, gang violence,” said Mobley, 49. “I’ve been …


Free eye clinic at UGM resumes recycling glasses

For years, Richard Hathaway avoided eye exams because he didn’t have the money to pay for them. “My glasses were 15 years old,” said Hathaway, who’s homeless and suffers from …


Bill protects charity aid for eyes, ears

OLYMPIA – The Legislature gave final approval this week to a bill that will allow charities like the Union Gospel Mission to distribute used eyeglasses. After several trips back and …


Legislators approve easing glasses rules

OLYMPIA – Groups like the Union Gospel Mission could go back to dispensing donated eyeglasses to the poor this summer if legislation to protect charities with such programs comes into …


Friends in need: Mission helps unemployed reacquire interview skills – and jobs

Marty Hall believes in second chances. Hall said he worked in the hospitality business for 25 years before he suffered verbal abuse and developed a drinking problem. He lost two …


Ban on used glasses hobbles eye clinic

Since 1985, the Union Gospel Mission has helped improve the vision of thousands of poor and uninsured people by dispensing donated eyeglasses at its weekly free vision clinic founded by …


State may cut malpractice insurance for volunteer providers

Among budget cuts Washington state lawmakers are considering is eliminating a program that pays for the malpractice insurance of health care providers who volunteer to treat the poor at free …


Former meth addict found new beginning at mission, in kitchen


Few people have more to give thanks for than Kimmi Halbrook, who served up a heaping helping of gratitude with every plate she prepared at the annual Union Gospel Mission …