70 years of kingdom work made possible by you

Feeding the hungry
Sheltering the homeless
Binding up the brokenhearted
Preaching good news to the poor
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Partnering with the Inland Northwest for 70 years


This summer, we are taking seventy days to celebrate seventy years since our inception on August 15, 1951.

From the beginning, Union Gospel Mission has always sought to love the community well by seeing the greater needs and moving into areas of ministry that can best meet those needs. It is this willingness to meet people where they are, paired with the unchanging truth of the gospel, that has made Union Gospel Mission the community pillar it is today.

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Union Gospel Mission over the years

UGM's first Board of Directors

1951

Founded by Albert Arend and a group of businessmen. “Our aim is not free meals, but freed persons; not free beds, but free beings.” - Albert Arend

The Women's Auxiliary

1954

Auxiliary begins, bringing an exponential increase in community support.

Anna Ogden Hall in the 70s

  1971*

Anna Ogden Hall opens

*50 years serving homeless
women and children

Ministry at Juvenile Detention

1977

Juvenile Detention ministry begins

Dr. Walt Michaelis featured in the Spokesman Review

1985

Dr. Walt Michaelis opens free vision clinic at UGM Men’s Shelter

Phil Altmeyer

1987

Phil Altmeyer assumes role as Executive Director

The Men's Shelter on Trent

1990

Men’s Shelter moves to 1224 E Trent Ave., greatly increasing overnight capacity. 

The UGM Camp property

1992

Tshimakain Creek Camp property
donated by Dick Shanks. Plans form to reach local at-risk youth through free summer camps.

Anna Ogden Hall undergoing renovations

1996

Anna Ogden Hall doubles in size, making room for more women desiring long-term Recovery.

The first UGM Thrift Store, originally called Classy Rack

2002

Downtown Thrift Store building is purchased, thanks to a large bequest from the late Harry Watts

UGM Motors when it first opened

2005

Two new enterprises open: UGM Motors and Spokane Valley Thrift Store, creating more consistent revenue for the Mission.

The Crisis Shelter on Sprague

2007

Crisis Shelter opens on Sprague Ave. - A short-term shelter for women and children in immediate need.

The CWC in CDA

2012

Center for Women and Children opens in Coeur d’Alene - The first long-term Recovery center for women in children in Kootenai County. 

Crisis Shelter is moved into a new facility

2016

Due to overwhelming need, Crisis Shelter moves to 1515 E Illinois Ave.

The new Student Impact Center in the previous Crisis Shelter space

2017

Old Crisis Shelter building becomes Student Impact Center, creating a way to reach at-risk youth year-round.

UGM Thrift Store in Lewiston, Idaho

2021

Thrift Store opens in LC Valley, paving the way for further expansion and possible Crisis Shelter in the area. 

Jim Carson

“The Mission speaks for itself. When you can spend seventy years and not receive a single cent of government money, that’s love. That’s the love of the community for the homeless. That’s impressive.”
-Jim Carson, former UGM Chaplain

2020 Commencement Graduates

Your support is Kingdom work


You, our partners, are advancing the Kingdom of God with every dollar, every hour, every gift contributed. People come to our doors lost, hurting and broken, knowing something is missing. Through your support, we are able to provide nourishment, safety and something so much greater: an eternal, fulfilling relationship with God.

This is who you are. This is what your partnership with Union Gospel Mission does every day.

Let’s celebrate seventy years of Kingdom work in the Inland Northwest. Join our 70 Days, $70k campaign today. With your help, we’ll reach $70,000 by our 70th anniversary. Are you in?

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