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Larry H. Miller helps put Thankgiving meals on the table, donating to UGM

Now that it's resolved the issue of moving forward with demolition of two downtown buildings, let's give a high-five to Larry H. Miller for some philanthropy.

The Utah-based firm recently gave Spokane's Union Gospel Mission  a $5,000 donation to help fund the charitable group's annual City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.

A release noted also that Larry H. Miller Dealerships general managers,  wives and employees will help serve the Thanksgiving dinner – including turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing - to more than 1,000 homeless and low-income families benefiting from the Union Gospel Mission.

“We are humbled to be able to support those members of our community who are experiencing tough times, and help provide them with the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” said Bob McLean, general manager, Larry H. Miller Lexus Spokane.

In addition to providing funding and serving meals, Larry H. Miller Lexus will donate one turkey to the dinner for every vehicle sold through Nov. 26.


Mission Opens CdA Women’s Center

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 Mission Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene. Jan Bates, 48, is recovering from a traumatic marriage. Anjelique Mader, 40, has battled prescription drug addiction and is four months sober. They arrived at the faith-based residential center soon after it opened three weeks ago, and they’ll spend up to two years there putting their lives back together. “Living with these women and sharing our hearts and our lives the way we have, we’ve developed very strong connections,” Bates said/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo: Jan Bates, right, points to a cross made of nailes and tells Union Gospel Mission director JoAnn Zajicek: "This is why we're here.")

Question: What are your thoughts of the Union Gospel Mission opening a center for women and children in Coeur d'Alene?

Union Gospel To Open CdA Shelter

The hundreds of homeless women and children in Kootenai County will soon have a place of refuge. The Union Gospel Mission is opening a 42,000 square foot facility on 196 W. Haycraft in COEUR d' Alene designed to provide "rescue, recovery, and restoration" to its visitors. There is a dedication ceremony set for August 1st at 2pm. Public tours of the building will be available on August 1st and 2nd from 3-7pm. The Mission will officially open September 4th, after the Labor Day weekend. For more information you can call (208) 665-HOPE/Matt Rogers, SWX/KHQ. Story & video tour of new facility here.

Question: Are you excited re: the opening of the Union Gospel Mission site behind Taco Bell?

Eyeglass bill gets final passage

OLYMPIA – The Legislature gave final approval this week to a bill that will allow charities like the Union Gospel Mission distribute used eyeglasses.
After several trips back and forth between the two chambers, the House of Representatives gave unanimous approval to HB 2261, which allows charities to provide glasses and hearing aids to poor or uninsured people without worrying about lawsuits…
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WA Lege working on eyeglass problem

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 a little sharper focus in the Legislature.
The House and Senate both passed separate bills Thursday that protect charities by giving them immunity from lawsuits when they distribute free eye glasses after the recipient is examined by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
The Union Gospel Mission had such a program…

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Union Gospel To Open CdA Facility

Item: Union Gospel Mission plans to expand women’s program/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: For the first time in its 60-year history, the faith-based nonprofit organization would like to offer that same opportunity to women outside of Spokane. The Union Gospel Mission, which runs three Spokane shelters, now plans to expand to 2.8 acres recently purchased in Coeur d’Alene.

Question: Is a Union Gospel Mission program for women needed in Coeur d’Alene?

Union Gospel Wants CdA Rehab Center

Item: On a mission Faith-based rehabilitation center eyes Cd’A: Union Gospel Mission seeks to build facility on Haycraft Avenue/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: But the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane wants to transform the unused 2.7-acre lot off Haycraft Avenue into a faith-based rehabilitation center for women. Locating in the area has been a mission goal for years. But it needs to obtain a special use permit to allow it to happen near Appleway Avenue since a piece of the land is residentially zoned, which wouldn’t allow for the center.

Question: Would you like to see the Union Gospel Mission of Spokane establish a faith-based rehabilitation center for women in Coeur d’Alene?