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Welcome to the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities

The Union Gospel Mission (UGM), founded in 1902, is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving men and women in our community facing homelessness, poverty or addiction. . By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives!

Mom and Kids-NFR-Nicole Bray-2014 smallerThe Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious foodmedical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults.

Our goal is to encourage each of our students and guests to value themselves as God values them, to see the gifts they have to offer the world, and to help them seek out a bright future as a fully contributing member of our community.

Our History

  • 1902 UGM opens its doors at 414 Jackson Street in Saint Paul.
  • Medical Clinic opened with the assistance of Dr. Harvey O. Skinner.
  • 1910 Rescue Home opens for unwed mothers.
  • 1930 Saint Paul Boys Club opens in downtown Saint Paul; Land purchased for Gospel Hill Camp.
  • 1940 Ober Community Center dedicated (Frogtown area).
  • 1942 Daycare nursery installed for mothers during “war emergency.”
  • 1958 First year for Thanksgiving basket give-away program.
  • 1959 Workman’s Pool organized for job placement.
  • 1965 Free Dental Clinic opens with volunteer dentists.
  • 1972 Shoreview alcohol/drug recovery center opens.
  • 1980 New Men’s Campus opens in Saint Paul, along with UGM Thrift Store; Discipleship Program begins; Christ Recovery Center expands drug and alcohol programs.
  • 1992 Naomi Family Residence for homeless women and children opens.
  • 1994-1996 LifeNet Learning Centers open for men and women.
  • 1997 Child Care Center opens.
  • 2001 WorkNet career development program starts.
  • 2005 Hmong ministry, Family & Youth Advancement Services, Inc., joins UGM

Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, ultimately authoritative Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is deity; that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into Heaven, and that He will come again in power and great glory.

We believe that individuals are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This event we hold to be an experience, rather than a doctrinal supposition.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whom Christ indwells each believer enabling them to live a godly life of obedience as he/she reaches for maturity.

We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body, the church.

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