1224 E Trent Ave, Spokane, WA 99202 (map)
Not every man who comes through the Men’s Shelter’s “east door” (guest services) is in the same place. Part of the grace-based philosophy that permeates UGM is dealing with each person as an individual. During an initial evaluation process, staff members help the men who come to us identify their short-term needs and long-term plans. Some simply need a few nights lodging in a safe, sober environment. Many more need help getting back on their feet, and the Mission has a variety of ways to do that.
Emergency Shelter Guests typically stay for less than three months while they receive assistance during a time of crisis. If they have specific physical or mental challenges, our staff works to connect them with the appropriate resources.
Employment Ready Program
Re-joining the work force is a critical factor in breaking the cycle of homelessness. The Employment Ready Program was created to help men deal with the obstacles they face in finding suitable work. Through case management, individual problem areas are identified and a plan of action is created. Issues are addressed and confidence built through classes, work experience and a supportive community. The computer lab and coaching are available for resume creation, interview preparation and job search. (Men who are dealing with addiction as a major obstacle to employment are encouraged to join LIFE Recovery – an entirely separate program.)
Recovery & Restoration
Men who recognize within themselves a need for life transformation and are willing to make a commitment of 18 to 24 months may join Men’s LIFE Recovery.
All residents have access to three meals a day, hot showers, warm beds, a clothing room, a fitness center, recreational activities, legal advice, and medical/eye clinics.
Director Tim Braach said the Men’s Shelter is a place where the homeless, the hungry, the poor, the addicted, and the hopeless will all find a warm welcome:
“We are here to serve the homeless and the poor in the love of Christ and encourage life transformation.”
- Nights of lodging provided: 53,473
- Meals served: 175,732
- Average guests per night: 146
- Total individuals served: 1,755
- Clothing items distributed: 4,707
- Medical Clinic: 558 individuals
- Program participants: 42
LOOKING FOR HELP?
Check-in is available 24 hours a day at the Union Gospel Mission’s guest accommodations entrance. Guests must be sober and drug-free. ID is required. View Men’s Services here.