Food and Shelter

At Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC), hope begins with a meal. Each day, for those who come here hungry, the Mission provides meals—no questions asked.

All Are Welcome

At UGMTC, we are called to feed the hungry and give shelter to those in need. We welcome all who come to our doors in search of food and shelter. By doing so, we fulfill the mission of compassion Jesus shares:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
—Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

Free Meals

A hot meal at the Mission is often the first step toward a new life. Once our guests have full stomachs, they learn about our life-changing programs. Some choose to stay the night—and others join one of our programs looking to get off the streets for good.

Every day we prepare hundreds of meals for men, women and children in our community who are experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Safe Shelter for Men

UGMTC offers a safe night out of the elements all year long in our emergency shelter—the Bethel Hotel. Located at 435 University Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55130, the Bethel Hotel offers:

  • Emergency shelter with intake available 24/7.
  • Showers, clean clothing, access to laundry facilities.
  • Lockers to store belongings and safe phone charging stations.
  • Ability to send and receive mail.
  • Affordable dorms, semi-private and private rooms are also available.

Safe Shelter for Women and Children

Women in crisis who are facing homelessness, abuse or addiction need holistic support. At the Naomi Family Program (NFP), a program of Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC), we know this starts with basic needs. We provide safe shelter and meals—but that’s just the start. We want to see each woman and mother with children move toward healing and stability. That’s why our program surrounds the whole person—body, mind and soul—with the loving and excellent care they need to thrive.

Holistic Care

We serve everyone who comes through our doors. Our holistic, wraparound approach supports guests and residents in their journey toward wellbeing and stability.

We offer all guests and residents:

  • Hot meals
  • Safe shelter and clean bedding
  • Free clothing and laundry
  • Hot showers and hygiene products
  • Chapel and Bible study
  • Education and life-skills training
  • Mental and chemical health services
  • Case management
  • Supportive services
  • Financial skills and opportunities to save
  • Job-skills training and résumé building
  • Access and referrals to partner organizations including on-site medical care
  • "The Mission brought God back into my life with spaghetti and meatballs and a salad."

    — a hungry neighbor
  • "I was starving. And I came down here and it was a feast. A taco fiesta. I’ll never forget it."

    — a hungry neighbor
  • "You never forget that first meal — you know your life is going to change."

    — a hungry neighbor

Ticket of Hope

Have you ever wondered what to do when someone who is hungry or experiencing homelessness asks for money or has a cardboard sign? Instead of giving spare change, offer sustainable change through a Ticket of Hope. Our Ticket of Hope provides a nutritious meal at the Mission and access to support. Print one to keep in your car or purse, and pair it with hand warmers, a bottle of water or a granola bar to give practical help and a pathway to holistic care and life-changing hope.

Print Your Ticket