Church Partners Information

Thank you for your interest in serving with your church group on behalf of people facing homelessness at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities!

 

Our volunteers enrich the ministry by giving of their time and talents so that our students and guests feel welcomed and their individual needs are met. When you volunteer with your group, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Experience the effects of homelessness up close and personal and gain a deep understanding of how it impacts individuals, families, and communities.
  • Expand your gifts and discover new talents as you serve together.
  • Network with others serving alongside you from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Feel great knowing your group is the hands and feet of Jesus making a practical difference.

Learn

Watch or share a video. Share one of our videos on The Mission’s YouTube channel during church announcements, in small group settings, or on your social media pages. You’ll find a variety of stories including what to do when you see someone who is homeless, how someone survived winter homelessness, and many more.

Tour the Mission. Visit the Mission in person at your convenience (limited during COVID-19).

Breakfast with a Student events. Attend the next Breakfast with a Student event, currently being held online.

Speaker opportunities. Invite a Mission student or staff member to speak at your church about the Mission’s work or homelessness in the Twin Cities.

Give

Your gifts provide meals and care that includes addiction recovery, mental health support, education and job training, and so much more. Just $1.96 provides a meal and care at the Mission. Give here. Visit our Accountability page for stewardship information.

Serve

Serve meals. The Mission serves meals three times a day at two campuses. Open to children age 12 (with adult supervision) through adults. One-time or come regularly.

Host Chapel services or Bible studies. The Mission has offered a Chapel service and Bible studies for our students and guests every day since 1902. Great opportunity for church groups. One-time or come regularly.

Onsite group projects. Help deep clean the dining room or other areas of the Mission. Help sort sheets or laundry items. One-time opportunity.

Item drives. If you’d like to do an item drive with your church, visit our Give page for a list of commonly needed items. You can also host an “Undie Sunday” event to gather new underwear for men (this item is much appreciated and would be great for a youth group project). For women, another necessary item is feminine hygiene products (great for a women’s small group). One-time opportunity.

Hand out Bags of Hope. Bags of Hope are Mission branded cinch sacks. Fill them with personal care items. Add a small Bible and a Ticket of Hope from the Mission that provides information about mealtimes and life-changing programs at the Mission. Keep the bags in your car and hand to someone on the street who is homeless. Great project for small groups and youth groups or engage your church in serving people in need. One-time opportunity.

Mentoring. Adult mentors invest in the lives of our adult residents. They establish Christ-centered relationships and share life together. Training is available. Mentors are supervised by program staff, who match volunteers with residents based on personality and skills. It’s a great opportunity for a volunteer to model healthy, positive relationships to someone who someone receiving services at the Mission. Ongoing opportunity.

For more information, contact us.

Abigail Holtz, Events and Community Outreach Coordinator, at aholtz@ugmtc.org.