Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities prepares children and youth to succeed in life through Christ-centered programming

Helping kids achieve success through Christ

Since its beginnings in 1902, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities has reached out to children and youth, showing them the love of Jesus and providing spiritual, educational, and emotional support that helps them to succeed.

We stay committed to the goal of creating disciples of Christ who value themselves and others and have the tools to succeed in school and in life. From babies to high school graduates, the Mission loves to bless the youngest members of our Mission community and their families.


Children attended our Child Development Center last year


Children and youth participated in programming at Ober Community Center throughout the school year and summer


Children and youth participated in programming at Eastside Ministry Center throughout the school year and summer

Child Development Center

Transforming kids at risk into kids with hope

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

Our Child Development Center is a safe place for young children to grow holistically through active learning centers and group activities.

Children learn to respect themselves and others and prepare to succeed in school. The program also supports parents by providing relevant resources to assist them in parenting and engaging them with “grandparent” volunteers who give them love and attention.

The program is offered to children who live at the Mission’s Naomi Family Residence or the community and is open to children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten.

See the CDC-Brochure (pdf) for hours, rates and additional information.

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Mentoring and counseling for kids and teens

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities provides personalized care so that kids facing trauma can receive the therapeutic, educational, and spiritual care they need to succeed. The Discovery Program and Bethel Buddies programs help provide just that.

Discovery Program

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

Many of the children who come to Naomi Family Residence have experienced trauma. receive therapeutic and spiritual through a variety of group activities and individual sessions 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, the program offers students ages 6 to 17  the opportunity to excel through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring from university students.

Ober Community Center

Building inner strength for the inner city

376 Western Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Reaching out to kids facing homelessness, poverty, addiction, or traumaThe 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. Summer programming provides opportunities for kids to develop new skills and be mentored by caring adults in a safe environment. Both programs at Ober use the TreeHouse curriculum to grow kids’ faith in Christ.

Ober Program

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. Students at Ober grow in Christ through the TreeHouse curriculum.

Youth Connect

Youth Connect is the program for junior and senior high students. YouthConnect provides biblical discipleship programming in a safe environment.



  • "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