About Us

Union Gospel Mission helps people rebuild their lives through a variety of time-tested and proven life-changing programs.

Welcome to Your Hometown Mission

Founded in 1902, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving people facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction in our community.  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 first by providing for physical needs through nutritious meals and safe shelter. Then our prayer is the our guests stay and join one of our life-changing programs so their life can change for good.

We encourage each person to find their worth in God and to see the gifts he or she has to offer the world. By coming alongside our students and guests, we help them find their purpose as fully contributing members of our community.

Mission and Vision

Mission: To provide Christ-centered, discipleship-oriented pathways and programs that restore dignity and wholeness to men, women, and children.

Vision: To see all men, women, and children healthy, whole, and successful through Jesus Christ and the transforming power of the gospel.

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.

Our History

  • 1902 the Mission 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 the Mission 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 Center opens for men and women
  • 1997 Child Care Center opens
  • 2001 WorkNet career development program starts
  • 2005 Hmong ministry, Family & Youth Advancement Services, Inc., joins Union Gospel Mission
  • 2018 Mental Health & Medical Clinic opens to serve Mission students and residents