Ministering to the homeless
men, women, and children from the streets of Sacramento
is a commitment that comes from the heart. At
UGM, we feed, clothe, and shelter people because
we truly care about their hunger and discomfort.
We do not judge them or treat them with indifference,
but rather as welcomed guests in our
this, we follow the teaching of Christ, who in Matthew 25:41-45
spoke to his disciples saying “For I was
hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty,
and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited
me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was in prison,
and you came to me.” They were puzzled by these
words until Jesus explained, “Truly I say to
you, to the extent that you did it to one of these
brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did
it to me.”
Every person who knocks at our door has a story.
We take the time to listen, comfort, and give advice
and counsel. Some of these wanderers have lost their
way, and are truly looking for a second chance. We
believe this is the house of new beginnings, where
the least, the last, and the lost find refuge.
To work in a rescue mission like the Union Gospel Mission
is to become a servant to the poor, indigent, and needy.
There is no hype or glorification here, only vital jobs
that need to be done.
There are 84 beds to strip every day, as well as washing
and drying all the bedding. We have around
9,000 meals to prepare every month. And we must
collect, sort and distribute
clothing 365 days a year.
We take great pride that one third of the Union Gospel
staff helping with these unending tasks
are men who are graduates of our
rehabilitation program. These men have
chosen to work at the mission as a way of
giving back. No one is better equipped to
work with homeless men and women with addictions
than those who have walked the same streets
they do. These dedicated workers are living
examples of what can be accomplished, and
proof that recidivism can be conquered.
For them, our other professionals and our many volunteers,
this is a ministry of passion and a place that changes
When you choose to help Union Gospel Mission by volunteering
your time or your financial support, you can be sure you
are helping to affect positive change in our community.
Please visit the donation
section of our site to learn more about our
To volunteer for Chapel and Food Servers: Email or call (916) 447-3268 Ext# 25.
To volunteer for Holiday and Special Events: Email or call (916) 447-3268 Ext# 37.