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The Olympia Union Gospel Mission: For Just $1.75 a Meal, You Can Change a Life

Billy & FamilyYears before Billy came into the recovery program at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission (OUGM), he had a relationship with Christy. She had his child (and a child from a previous marriage) and they married; but Billy’s old nature kicked in and he would leave Christy for periods of time going back to drug use. Christy was desperate to keep Billy at home, so she took up using drugs and drinking until they were both arrested for meth use and their children were taken away.

This was a defining moment for Christy and she completely turned her life around getting the children back, but Billy hit rock bottom. He ended up on the streets, homeless and penniless. He started going to the Mission for breakfast and Bible studies. Soon Billy got into the recovery program, while Christy started going to church. Both began to focus on God.

Billy graduated from the recovery program this last spring. He renewed his marriage vows with Christy and their family has been restored. Ironically, Billy now works in the Mission kitchen. He greets and serves meals to everyone that comes through the Mission doors, knowing that a meal might change a life just like it had done for him.

OUGMThe Olympia Union Gospel Mission began its work with the homeless and needy in 1995 through a street ministry outreach. Sandwiches and hot drinks were offered in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Our goal was, and still is, to share God’s love in practical ways. Today, the Mission has numerous programs. Hundreds of men and women are served each day as we work to help them break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

The Mission provides daily hot meals, laundry and shower services, haircuts, crisis counseling, and Bible studies. There is a 30-day short-term shelter for single men, another for women, and residential long-term addiction recovery programs for single men and women and women with children. The No-Fee Health Resource Center provides services for dental and vision care for low income, uninsured individuals living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level who qualify.

Donate $21 for 12 meals or $42 for 24 meals or provide a banquet for 100’s! And don’t forget, you are invited to take a tour of the Mission by calling 360.709-9725 or visit our website at www.ougm.org for additional information. CFD Charity Code# 0316533

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