Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities offers a safe and fun place for children and teens of all ages.

Reaching out to kids with hope

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities has a long history of outreach to children and youth. A path to a loving God is clearly laid out in all our programs — from our Child Development Center to our teen outreach programs. Each child in our community needs love, care and the tools to succeed.

The programs, methods and kids may look different than they did 50 years ago, but the goal remains the same: to offer help, hope and a home away from home to all children.


Children attended our Child Care Center last year


Children and youth attended our summer camps last year


Youth involved in our teen outreach programs

Child Development Center

Turning kids at risk into kids with hope

109 9th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101  |  (651) 224-9970

Safe, affordable child care is essential for families recovering from crisis. Union Gospel Mission’s Child Development Center meets the unique needs of the families we serve as well as families in our urban community.

The Center offers licensed child care with a capacity to serve over 77 children from ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age. We have a clean, modern building and experienced staff.

  • Our Christian curriculum helps kids grow spiritually and developmentally.
  • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Our staffing ratios (staff per student) are nearly twice the number required by state licensing regulations.

Download the Child Care Center Brochure for hours, rates and additional details. To make a payment for child care services, click here.


Mentoring and counseling for kids and teens

Where a kid can find safety, hope, and healing

When parents face crisis, the whole family suffers. Children who have witnessed trauma or been victimized need specialized care to help them overcome their negative experiences early on so these memories do not cause problems later in life. Union Gospel Mission is committed to bringing healing on kids along with moms and dads.

Download our UGMTC Youth and Family Programs to learn more about how we can help families stay strong in the Twin Cities.

Discovery Program

77 9th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101  |  (651) 222-7962

Children in the Naomi Family Residence have access to individual pastoral care and a variety of group activities designed to address the needs of the whole child.

Bethel Buddies

77 9th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101  |  (651) 222-7962

A partnership with Bethel University offers students ages 6 to 17 years old the opportunity to excel through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring from university students.


Asian Ministries

Spiritual care and mentoring for Asian-American youth

800 Minnehaha Ave E, Suite 250, St. Paul, MN 55106  | (651) 444-5806

Our Eastside Ministry Center is home to our Asian Ministries. A bright, weloming space invites children in for tutoring, mentoring, Bible studies, and youth groups for elementary through high school students and young adults.

The Youth Educational Support (YES) provides homework help for 1st through 6th graders as well as intentional activities that encourage positive relationships.. Educational and fun field trips provide an alternative for kids in the summer and on non-school days throughout the academic year.

LIGHTHOUSE provides junior high and high school students with homework help, spiritual enrichment, and educational activities to help them learn and grow. LIGHTHOUSE is an acronym for the values students grow in through the program: Love, Inspiration, Guidance, Hope, Truth, Healing, Opportunity, Understanding, Support, and Empowerment.

Ober Community Center

Building inner strength for the inner city

376 Western Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55101


The Ober Community Center reaches out to youth and their families who live in the Frogtown/Rondo/St. Anthony neighborhoods. Two programs run at Ober: a program for elementary students and one for middle through high school students.

The elementary students are treated to a STEAM curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics along with athletics. The FaithMedia program is a premiere audio and visual recording studio that encourages involvement in positive expression and programming.

Youth Connect is the program for junior and senior high students. YouthConnect provides biblical discipleship programming in a safe environment. All programs at Ober use the TreeHouse curriculum to encourage spiritual growth.



  • "The Mission was there to do whatever they needed to do to get us on our feet again. There was something for the whole family. While they were working on the parents, they were working on the children also."

    — Ramona
  • "When I first came to the Union Gospel Mission I was 12 years old. It was a blast – I grew spiritually, I grew confidence, I gained leaderships skills, I found out who I was as a person, in Christ."

    — Kwamee