Jenni hit a dead-end. She needed the strength to hold on and raise her children. She found it at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.
Jenni was in prison when it came time to give birth to her son. Six months after his birthday, she was released and ready for a clean start. Gathering her baby from foster care, she took a breath of fresh air and forged into life as a parent. Settling in with her boyfriend, the little family grew after their second child was born. But then came the trouble that undid her: the father of her children died of lung cancer.
Alone and defeated, Jenni lost the apartment they shared when the landlord kicked her and her young children to the streets. Finding themselves homeless, camping became their only option.
“I don’t look at camping the same way anymore—not when you’re forced to sleep outside because you’re homeless."
With two kids in tow, Jenni went roaming from different programs and shelters, looking for a way out. When she found the Mission, she felt hopeless—like she'd been slammed into a dead-end.
All her resources had been exhausted. Her kids depended on her, and since her son had been diagnosed with autism, she couldn’t wait any longer for the change to "just happen."
Founded in 1902, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC) 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—together with you—is changing lives!
You can help people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults.
Our goal is to encourage each person 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.
Since being at the Mission, Jenni has received consistent meals, housing, and support for both herself and her children.
“Today, I have hope for the future. I have hope for a healthier lifestyle," she says.
They attend counseling as a family, and Jenni finds the Mission is “equipping me to be the best parent I can be, and it’s wonderful. I’m just really grateful for a lot because if it wasn’t for these programs that I’ve been in, I don’t know where I’d be with me or the kids.”
These game-changing opportunities are possible because of your gifts. Through you, the Mission offers help for the homeless, poor, and addicted in the Twin Cities. It's where so many hurting people find meals, shelter, recovery, education, and job training programs.
After so many dead-ends, Jenni found a way through to hope. Without generous donors like you making valuable resources accessible to families like Jenni's, their dead-ends would be absolute.
You can bring hope and the life-changing power of the Gospel with a gift today.