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While Spokane County bans camping on public land, Valley leaders fear legal issues if they attempt the same

Camping on public land is now illegal in both the City of Spokane and Spokane County, but Spokane Valley leaders worry they won’t be able to enforce a camping law …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Hoopfest team Against the Grain celebrates recovery from addiction, homelessness

Kevin Schmeider sponsored the team through his hardwood flooring business, which he started after he and his wife climbed their way out of homelessness and drug addiction.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 3 p.m.

Panel disagrees on approaches to Spokane’s homelessness problem

A panel of social service providers and policy makers disagreed on the causes of homelessness and its solution Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

Spokane City Council reverses vote on Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council reversed course Monday and approved a land deal with Union Gospel Mission that had been shelved regarding concerns that the city had negotiated a one-sided deal …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Spokane City Council nixes Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council backed out of a land deal with Union Gospel Mission after the public, and council members said they were concerned the city had made an unfair …


Shawn Vestal: Catholic Charities takes heat for its low-barrier housing, but closer examination of Starbucks ‘patrons’ tells different story

Most days, a group of people gathers inside and out at the Starbucks coffee shop at Second and Division – one block from the gateway to the city off Interstate …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Hunger Run gets new name and management – Negative Split

The Hunger Run organized by the Union Gospel Mission and Second Harvest has gone to the professionals this year. The fundraiser event will be overseen by Negative Split, a local …


Thrift store donations in Spokane rise with items not sparking joy

Thanks to Marie Kondo, there’s been a whirlwind of donations to Spokane thrift stores, even during winter months that usually are slow.


Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

For many people experiencing homelessness or poverty, having a pet is a need for survival not a luxury, but finding a safe place to sleep that accepts pets, affordable veterinary …


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 …