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$8.2M needed toward building costs
An additional $700K needed for first year operating expenses


Recent Updates

A Beacon of Hope

In 2019, a group of LC Valley residents who recognized a need for shelter services reached out to UGM leadership and invited us to explore the idea of establishing a local presence.

There are more than 200 people experiencing homelessness in Idaho’s Region 2, 70% of whom were unsheltered as of 2022, and currently, a safe, clean-and-sober shelter does not exist in the area. UGM’s LC Valley Shelter will provide a pathway out of homelessness for all who are ready for change. By God’s grace and power, we will soon be a beacon of hope in the valley.

Watch the shorter, 2-minute version here.

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After considerable prayer and research, we are moving forward in faith.

Step 1:

UGM Thrift Store opens at 419 Snake River Ave. in Lewiston in February 2021.

Step 2:

An advisory group evaluates the level of community support for a clean-and-sober crisis shelter in the area.

Step 3:

UGM pursues city approval for a crisis shelter at this location.

Step 4:

We could use your help getting funding secured from the community in time for the 2024 groundbreaking.

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How can you help?

We are still working with estimates, but our best guess is that the shelter will cost approximately $7 million to build. The UGM Foundation will be contributing $4 million and we are requesting $3 million from the LC Valley.

If you haven’t already, and you’re interested in partnering with us financially, please contact Steve Ellisen at 509.532.3810.

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This will be a community project that will be unfolding over the next year, 


and we are excited to see God’s miracle of provision take place before our eyes.

This will be a community project that will be unfolding over the next year, and we are excited to see God’s miracle of provision take place before our eyes.

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More Info

To follow along on this exciting journey, please enjoy these articles and watch for more updates:

Low-Barrier vs. High-Barrier Shelter
KLEW Special Report: Union Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter


Please contact

Mike Fosbury at or
Kimberly Anglin at
for further information.