In the late 1980s, Judy McGruder and her husband, Mick, did a little downsizing and gave their extras to the women living at Anna Ogden Hall.
“They were so appreciative,” Judy said. Impressed by their gratitude, she started volunteering in the nursery and clothing room. In 1992, she began assisting in the office. She was nominated to serve on the Union Gospel Mission Board of Directors in 1998.
Mick and Judy are also longtime financial partners with UGM.
“We see women today who were at Ogden 25 years ago, and they’re still doing well,” Mick said. “It’s not just refuge; it’s redemption.”
Judy summed up their commitment to UGM like this: “The Mission saves lives and souls. We feel like we’re strengthening the community through our involvement.”
Mick and Judy have chosen to give where they live.
Throughout the 97 days of summer – from Memorial Day through Labor Day – UGM will provide more than 87,000 meals and 31,000 nights of shelter at a cost of $401,140.
Will you give where you live and help us meet that goal?
Jason will never forget how God saved his life through UGM and other outreaches. God has blessed Jason’s hard work building his business (16 cents, 3 Shoes, & 5 Socks), and he wants to use it to bless others.
“I want to give back to those ministries because first off they’re preaching the gospel and they’re speaking life into these men and women’s lives: men and women who have been raised and living in addiction, in abusive relationships, who have been in and out of prison, who don’t know anything but that lifestyle...These ministries are reaching the people who need it the most.”
“I have been greatly privileged to be a part of the volunteer team at Union Gospel Mission. I know that the time I spend at UGM is helping to make a difference, and I am blessed to be a part of the work. In addition to volunteering my time and skill, I am privileged to give monetarily from time to time, to help those in need in our community. I know that every gift, large or small, helps UGM to bring hope and life change to those who come through its doors. God does His work, and He does it through generous, concerned people!” – Gary Leonard
Jeanne Helstrom is a receptionist at the CdA Center for Women and Children, donating her time and the skills she honed working in administration for 23 years.
“I love this place. I do, I love it. I’ve told so many people about it,” Jeanne says. “I had never volunteered for anything before. I had taught Bible study and Sunday school at my church, but I had never volunteered in the community. And I came almost four years ago to the parking lot luncheon they had out here. ... I heard a lot of the other people speaking about what was going on here, and I was IN. It just hit me, it was like God said, ‘This is where I want you.’ ”