Addiction Recovery

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities provides hope to men and women facing addiction through Christ-centered recovery. Here, individuals and families are restored.


From alcohol to prescription painkillers, drugs affect thousands of people in our community each year. For those facing addiction, it can be difficult to maintain a job or healthy relationships. Many people struggling with addiction eventually become homeless and need a helping hand.

The Mission has supported people facing alcohol or other addictions since its inception in 1902. We believe there is hope in Christ with support from Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, and other resources.

As men and women heal from their addiction and work on making amends for the issues of their pasts, families come back together. Dads reunite with their kids. Men reconnect with their loved ones. And whole communities are restored.

Support for Women

A high percentage of the women at the Mission’s Naomi Family Program for women and children have been affected by addiction to drugs or alcohol. Each woman is placed on a personalized track to help facilitate hope and healing.

A full-time licensed chemical dependency counselor supports each student in their personal situation. Students in the program are also encouraged to have a sponsor and attend Celebrate Recovery. Regular coursework and daily devotions also help our students to think differently about themselves, their worth, their choices, and their circumstances.

Support for Men

For men seeking help with late-stage addiction, the Christ Recovery Center offers hope. The CRC boasts a high 5-year recovery rate and has a strong reputation. The program helps men get off the streets, restore their relationships with God and others, and improve their lives.

  • “The Mission has changed me completely. Three years ago my only thoughts were where I would sleep, where I would get drugs, would I be in jail or out of jail. Now I’m sober and going to college. I have a lot more hopes and dreams now.”

    — Brad
  • “The Mission has given me hope again. In my addiction I was just surviving; I really wasn’t living life. Now I’m living life.”

    — Mike
  • “The Mission saved my life. My doctor told me I didn’t have overdosing in me anymore; I’d been doing it too long and needed to figure out what’s going on in my life. His words sunk into me. The CRC has everything; I’m not worried about or wanting for anything.

    — Greg
  • “I feel hope here because the only stress I have is the stress of finding myself, which now I have time to do. I don’t have to worry about where I sleep, where I eat, if I’m going to wake and be safe. I can actually figure out what I want to be when I grow up.”

    — Bob

Benefits of the Program

  • A family of brothers. Men at the CRC join a brotherhood of other men seeking recovery and a sober network. Men grow spiritually, brush up on their educations or earn a GED, prepare for the job search, and participate in work therapy.
  • Holistic care. In addition to recovery, residents learn to grow in integrity and honesty; establish an honorable work ethic; and even get back in shape so they become the person God wants them to be.
  • No time limit. The program is 4-6 months long. But the program staff like to say, “Just stay until the miracle happens”—the miracle of recovery. For many students, that miracle takes 15-18 months.
  • Affordability. There are minimal fees. Because most residents are eligible for cash assistance, most pay little to nothing out of their own pocket to participate.
  • Christ-centered recovery. The program focuses primarily on recovery through a relationship with Christ and the principles of evangelical Christianity as students begin self-understanding about their chemical use. Each student’s Higher Power—Jesus Christ—can be found at the CRC.



men offered the tools to be set free from addiction last year


success rate for those who complete the program


Christ Recovery Center opened

Next Steps


The recovery offerings at the Naomi Family Program women’s shelter occur through the program itself. Contact NFR for next steps for enrollment in the full-time residential program.

Contact us

Naomi Family Program
St. Paul, MN
Phone: 651-444-5880


Men interested in coming to the Christ Recovery Center will need to complete an application (pdf) and schedule an interview. Tours are also available.

Contact us 

Christ Recovery Center
435 University Ave. E. St. Paul, MN 55130
24-hour phone line: (651) 292-1721
Fax: (651) 789-3087

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Interested in providing care for men and women suffering in late-stage addiction? Your gifts provide recovery, meals, shelter, mental health support, and more. Donate your most generous gift today!