1224 E Trent Ave, Spokane, WA 99202 (map) | 509-535-8510, option 1
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 overcome the obstacles to finding and keeping a job. 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.)
Watch this brief video of two graduates from the ERP.
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: 49,578
- Meals served: 205,273
- Average guests per night: 136
- Individuals given clothing: 4,072
- Medical Clinic: 419 individuals
- Eye Clinic: 359 individuals
- Program participants: 44
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.