CALL TO                                                                       A MESSAGE FROM KEN PETERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                                                      Close Call!
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                                                                                                                                                                                         be an ob-gyn. But she says she’ll
                                                                                                           the                                     of the                                never forget her time at the Mission.

      Immediate Needs
                                                                                                                                                                                              “Coming to the Mission was the
                                                                                                                                                                                         start of a new life,” she says.

       A slowdown in summer giving means the Mission
                                                                                                                                                                                              Your gift offered Casey and Alani
                                                                                                                                                                                         the chance for a new start at a time                                                                                                                    MESSENGER
       is in desperate need of:                                                                                                                                                          when all seemed lost. Thank you for                                   OUR MISSION IS CHANGING LIVES!                                                                               JULY 2011 | VOL. 10, N0. 5
                                                                                                                                                                                         seeing the potential in people — even
       •  Bottled water                        •    omen’s undergarments, 
                                                  W                                                                                                                                      when they can’t see it themselves. ■                                  IN SIDE                 College-educated, but going nowhere PG2 | Neil lives in hunger’s shadow PG2 | The heart of the matter PG4
       •  Fresh produce
       •    en’s t-shirts, sizes XL-3X
                                                  all sizes
                                               •  Pillows                         The best medicine for difficult times                                                                         “Coming to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DID YOU KNOW
       •    en’s underwear,
          M                                    •  Twinsheet sets
                                                                                        omeone once asked the late             advice to friends of the Mission.                                Mission was the start                                                                                                                                                Now that they’re at the Mission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     — and out of harm’s way —
          sizes 32-36                          •  Diapers and wipes
                                                                                        psychiatrist Karl Menninger what             If you’re losing sleep over world                          of a new life.”                                                                                                                                                      Casey and little Alani can
                                                                                        he would do if he found himself        events you can’t do anything about — the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The truth behind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     finally relax for some quality
                                                                                  medically depressed.                         earthquake in Japan, wars in the Middle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               homelessness myths                                                                                    mother-daughter time.
                                                                                      “Would you prescribe yourself            East, the rising cost of food and gasoline
        As the school year approaches, kids need                                  Prozac,” they inquired, “or check yourself
                                                                                  into your own clinic?”
                                                                                                                               — take Dr. Menninger’s advice and help
                                                                                                                               someone in need this summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MYTH #1
           SCHOOL SUPPLIES                                                            “No,” Menninger replied. “I’d lock
                                                                                  the door of my clinic, walk across the
                                                                                                                                     Provide a meal to someone who is
                                                                                                                               hungry. Offer a bed to someone who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Most homeless people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   are single men.
           With the new school year fast approaching, here’s your chance          tracks, and help somebody less fortunate.    is sleeping in a skyway. Give hope to
       to help kids in need get off to a good start.
           When you donate any of the items listed below, you’ll be
                                                                                  That’s the best medicine there is for        a drug addict desperately trying to get                                                                                                 TRUTH
                                                                                  depression and for recovery.”                clean for his kids.                                                                                                                 Nearly 50% of the
       helping to provide hundreds of fully loaded backpacks to school-age                                                           How, you ask? By giving to Union
       kids whose families can’t always afford the required school supplies.         It’s amazing how                          Gospel Mission this summer!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 homeless are children,
           Here’s a complete list of what these kids need before the first           reaching out to somebody                        You’ll not only help us at a time when              What’s not to smile about? Thanks to                                       youth and young
       day of school:                                                                less fortunate can give                   giving to the Mission typically drops off,                your gifts, 3-year-old Alani is safe now.                                 adults ages 18-21.
                                    ✎ Backpacks          ✎ Covered Pencil            birth to hope.                            but you’ll be reminded how good it feels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Wilder Foundation, 2009
                                                           sharpeners                                                          to provide meals — and hope — to so
                                    ✎ Pocket folders                                                                                                                                  Stay Connected:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CLOSE CALL!
                                                                                      That’s sound advice we follow every      many neighbors who are in desperate need
                                    ✎ Spiral notebooks   ✎ Pens (red and blue)
                                                                                  day here at Union Gospel Mission. We         of help.
                                    ✎ Loose-leaf paper   ✎ Glue sticks            want our residents to talk to others               It feels good!                                                                                                                God is offering new life
                                                                                  coming off the street, sharing the hope            Thank you for sharing God’s love                                                                                               to hundreds of men and
                                    ✎ Rounded scissors   ✎ Pencil box
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    women coming through
                                                         ✎ Clear tape             they have found in Christ. It’s amazing      with the Twin Cities!                                                                                                               our Mission programs —
                                    ✎ Post-it notes                               how reaching out to somebody less                                                                                                                                                programs that you make
                                                         ✎ Kleenex
                                    ✎ Eraser tops                                 fortunate can give birth to hope.                                                                             TWIN CITIES MESSENGER
                                                                                                                                                                                            SUMMER 2011 | VOL. 10, NUMBER 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    possible when you give.            Mother, daughter make                            miscarriages. Afraid for her life, Casey
                                                         ✎ Crayons                    This summer, I’m giving that same                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fled in the middle of the night with her
                                    ✎ Colored pencils
                                                         ✎ Calculators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       daring escape in the middle                      young daughter.
                                    ✎ Colored markers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the night.                                         Eventually, Casey and Alani ended up
                                                                                  My Gift  To Help Hungry People This Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at our Naomi Family Residence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              asey and her daughter, Alani, would            “The Mission gave me food, shelter,
         The deadline for dropping off school supplies is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     like you to know something: You           clothing — and stability,” Casey says. “It
         August 10.                                                              YES, KEN! I want to help reverse the drop-off in summer giving. Enclosed is
                                                                                 my gift to provide meals, shelter, and other care to hurting people across the                 One meal:                                                                                                                     helped save their lives! And they are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       deeply grateful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        helped me see what I’m capable of and gave
             Please drop off your items at:                                      Twin Cities at this critical time of year:                                                     just $1.92!                                                                                                                 Here’s how this mom and daughter’s            “The Mission gave me
             Union Gospel Mission
             Central Services                                                      $25 to help provide meals and other critical care.     $100 to help provide meals and other critical care.                                                                            77 Ninth Street East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       near-tragic story unfolded ...                      food, shelter, clothing —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Casey loved her boyfriend and desperately
             UGM Men’s Campus                                                      $50 to help provide meals and other critical care.     $________ to provide as much critical care as possible.                                                                    St. Paul, Minnesota 55101                                                             and stability.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           651-228-1800                wanted their relationship to work out. But the
             435 University Ave. E.
             St. Paul, MN 55130                                                                                                                                                              THANK YOU! Please make your tax-deductible check                               Ken Peterson               longer they were together, the more violent he   me the strength to accomplish what I’ve always
                                                                                                                                                                                             payable to Union Gospel Mission. Mail it with this form in the               Executive Director
                                                                                 NAME ____________________________________________________________                                           enclosed envelope to P.O. Box 64389, St. Paul, MN 55164-0389.                                             became. He would choke her. Punch her in         wanted to be.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             Questions? Call us at 651-228-1800. Give online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information,              the face. Drag her around the house.                  If all goes as planned, Casey will soon be
                         For more information, contact                           ADDRESS _________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On two separate occasions, he beat Casey    moving into her own apartment and attending
                                                                                                                                                                              o Yes! I would like to be kept up-to-date on important programs and efforts by          visit us online at:
                        Linda Fereira at 651-789-7562.                           ___________________________________________________________________                            joining the e-mail list.                                                                        so badly during pregnancies that she suffered    St. Paul Technical College to begin studying to
                                                                                                                                                                              HERE IS MY E-MAIL ADDRESS:
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 Giving slows … but the ministry doesn’t                                                                                                   180degrees                                                                                                                                      VITAL
 College-educated,                                                                                                                       Ed was critical of our Mission                                                                                                          Life-change often begins
 but going nowhere                                                                                                                       ... until it changed his life                                                                                                           when you hit rock bottom
  M                                                                                                                                      B                                                                                                                                                          “
            ike has a technical degree            Mike’s mom, who teaches literature,                                                           ack in 1991, Ed desperately
            in drafting.                      says she has noticed a big difference.                                                            needed help for a serious                                                                                                                                   I used to try my best so God
                But it’s not doing him much       “She says my writing has gotten a lot                                                         drinking problem. But the last                                                                                                                              would love me. Now, I’ve learned
  good now that a tough job market is         better,” Mike laughs.                                                                      place he wanted to go was Union
  forcing millions of college-educated,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I don’t have to perform a certain
                                                                                                                                         Gospel Mission.
  middle-class men and women to deal             “I’m living one day                                                                         “That’s where everyone is a loser!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            way for God to love me. There are
  with issues they probably never faced          at a time now.                                                                          he told his counselor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            some things that Jesus and I can

  before, like hunger and homelessness.          That’s all I can do.”                                                                       Twenty years later, Ed not only is one                                                                                                                         do together ...
       “I’m living one day at a time now,”
  he says. “That’s all I can do.”                  Homelessness is no laughing matter.                                                   of the Mission’s most vocal supporters,                                                                                                                               —Jeff, describing how our Discipleship
                                                                                                                                         but he’s also become assistant director                                                                                                                                Program has changed his perspective on
       Though he’s been out of work for       But thanks to the Mission and generous                                                                                                                                                                                                                            God and life.
  two years, Mike has not given up hope.      friends like you, people who are homeless                                                  at the Christ Recovery Center.
  Union Gospel Mission’s “Out and Up”         are getting the help they need — even when
  program is giving Mike a bed, a chance
  to brush up on his math and writing
  skills, and even some help updating his
                                              giving to the Mission slips.
                                                   Thank you for doing all you can to
                                              offer hope to men and women during these
                                                                                           Mike’s been out of work for two years but
                                                                                           hasn’t lost hope, thanks to your prayers
                                                                                                                                            “I watched people
                                                                                                                                             come off the street
                                                                                                                                             and receive love and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “   I hadn’t talked to my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     mom in ten and a half
  resume until he gets back on his feet.      critical summer months. ■                    and generous gifts to the Mission.                                                                                                                                                        months. When I called,
                                                                                                                                             acceptance with no                                                                                                                      she told me she couldn’t
                                                                                                                                             strings attached.”

 Neil lives in hunger’s shadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     keep taking me in,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     mending me, and then
                                                                                                                                             That’s the same program he                                                                                                              sending me back out. I

                                                                                                                                         once shunned!                                                                                                                               blamed her because she
        eil has been homeless off and on           “You don’t eat; you get skinny pretty   three meals a day — and a warm bed at
                                                                                                                                             “I watched people come off the
        for the last three years.             quick,” he says.                             night — to help him through this                                                                                                                                                          wouldn’t bail me out. That’s when I knew it was the end.
             So he knows what it’s like to         Thanks to friends like you who          difficult period.                             street and receive love and acceptance
                                                                                                                                         with no strings attached,” he explains.                                                                                                     I had lied and cheated and done so many people wrong.
  be hungry, sometimes going a day or         support Union Gospel Mission, Neil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I didn’t have any more friends, or my self-respect. I hit
                                                                                              “You don’t eat; you get                    “It meant that there was a purpose for

  more without food.                          isn’t going hungry anymore. He’s getting                                                                                                Ed used to be one of the Mission’s most outspoken critics — until God, through the
                                                                                               skinny pretty quick.”                     me — that God’s plan wasn’t for me           Mission, changed his life. Now Ed’s one of Union Gospel Mission’s most vocal supporters.       bottom. That’s why I called the Mission.
                                                                                                                                         to waste my life but to forgive, let go,                                                                                                            —Brian, describing how he had felt hopeless before he was
                                                                                               The secret to surviving on the street,    and take responsibility for the things       ingredient in God’s plan,” he says.              Life-change: It happens every day at                   ready to let the Mission help him.
                                                                                           he says, is to keep moving. “You’ve got       I had done.”                                 “Have faith and trust, and the gifts God    Union Gospel Mission, thanks to generous

                                                                                           to put your faith in God and let Him              Today, Ed says he relishes the           promises us will come to pass.”             friends like you.
                                                                                           sort it out.”                                 chance he has to “give back what was             “They’re not always what we want,            Because of God’s grace and your                                      Five years from now, I don’t want to
                                                                                               For now, he’s also putting his faith in   given” to him.                               but they’re always what we need,”           continued support, nobody is beyond hope.                                 forget what it felt like to be a hopeless
                                                                                           Union Gospel Mission. He admits, “I’m             “I tell others they are a key            he adds.                                    Thank you for caring! ■                                                   drunk whose daughter wanted
                                                                                           coming here to start over.”
                                                                                               You offer men and women a second                                                                                                                                                                             nothing to do with him. Since coming

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                           chance when you give to Union Gospel                                                                                                                                                                             to the Mission, I feel like I have a
                                                                                           Mission. Please give again, so people like                     Giving to our Mission slips every summer. BUT FRIENDS LIKE YOU                                                                                    good chance of making something
                                                                                           Neil can get off the street — for good! ■                                                                                                                                                                        out of this life, being the kind of father
                                                                                                                                                          CAN HELP MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE by sending a gift now,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I always knew I should be.
                                                                                           Homelessness has taught Neil two                               so we can continue to offer lifesaving help to everyone who walks                                                                                    —Mike, who is working hard to stay sober for
                                                                                           things: Keep moving when you’re on
                                                                                           the streets, and come to the Mission                            through these doors. Please send yours TODAY! THANK YOU!                                                                                             the sake of his daughter.
                                                                                           if you want help.

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