National Guard Recognizes Mission for Hospitality During City Unrest

On Wednesday, June 17, 5 Minnesota National Guard service members presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Charles P. Morgan, CEO for the hospitality the Mission extended to the Guard during recent protests in downtown St. Paul.

Tasked with protecting the State Capitol mere blocks from the men’s and women’s campuses during recent rioting, the Guard used the Mission’s Child Development Center parking lot as a staging area. Mission leadership provided a meal and drinks to the service members.

“We saw them outside, and we were glad to have their presence here,” said Gail Gisi, Director of Adult Education and Training. “We went out, introduced ourselves, asked how they were doing, and made our facility available. Hospitality is a really big thing to the Union Gospel Mission. Whether it’s to the men, women and children that we serve, or to people who are outside our doors, it’s about community service. We want to show that hospitality.”

At the presentation ceremony, Capt. Andrew Darsow, Minnesota National Guard 151, Field Artillery, Ortonville, acknowledged that service members had been working long hours with little sleep during this time. The nourishment encouraged them as they protected the city and the Capitol. The Guard indicated that the Mission’s actions helped bring added stability to the unit during a fraught time of uncertainty in the capital city.

Dr. Morgan; Chuck Semrow, Vice President; and Gail Gisi, Director of Adult Education and Training, were on hand to receive the certificate. Guard members traveled up to 3-1/2 hours for the presentation.

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