How to get a Meal
Weeknights: Chapel at 7:30 pm with dinner at 8:30 pm.

Must attend chapel to have a meal.

Nightly Meals

We offer free meals every night of the year for men, women, and children who are poor or homeless and on the street. Several different local churches participate by doing the chapel service or serving meals once a month.

How to get a Bed (Men Only)

Getting A Bed (Men Only)

Sign-ups are nightly at 5:30 PM and are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
NEWCOMERS are given first priority. (Newcomer: someone who has never stayed
overnight or has not stayed overnight for at least one year).

  • Must have a Photo ID and TB Card.
  • Must claim bed between 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM daily.
  • Beds can be claimed for up to 7 days and must attend the 7:30 PM Chapel Service.

Newcomers and repeaters will be assigned a work duty as needed. Those who miss work detail forfeit their bed.
Wake-up times are: Monday – Friday 6:00 AM
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 7:00 AM
If an earlier wake-up time is required, inform Contact Office upon nightly check-in.
All overnight guests must take showers.
Men without beds can also take showers in the evening.

  • No food or drinks upstairs.
  • No radios, cell phones, or personal items upstairs. (medication only)
  • No recharging of electronic devices within the building. Use charge station in back patio.
  • No loitering at the top of the stairs.
  • No washing laundry in bathroom sinks.
  • No towels upstairs.
  • All baggage must be turned in to our secured storage unit with the assigned #.
  • Beds must be made each morning. If the bed is not made, the bed will be confiscated.
  • Remain upstairs next to your assigned bed until the breakfast bell.
  • Pajamas are to be turned in every morning.



  • The front gate opens at 5:30 PM.
  • Chapel doors open at 6:30 PM.
  • No one is allowed in after the front gate is closed at 7:30 PM.
  • No alcohol, drugs, profanity, smoking, or weapons are allowed on Mission property.
  • No running or pushing on Mission property.
  • No loitering in the lobby of the Chapel.
  • No parking on the Mission property during the day.
  • No camping on Mission property.
  • No food served at the Mission can be taken from the dining hall.
  • Check in your bags to the secured storage unit, where you will be assigned a #.
  • The Mission is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Any items left get recycled.
  • Chapel Services are every night at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 11:00 AM.
  • Once the preaching starts, leaving the room and re-entry is not allowed.
  • Do not interrupt the speaker.
  • No hats, headbands, or beanies are to be worn by men during Chapel Service.
  • No eating or drinking in the Chapel.
  • No use of cell phones or electronic devices during Chapel Services.
  • No texting. If you have one of these devices, please turn it off at this time.
  • No reading of books, magazines, or newspapers during Chapel Services.

Monday – Thursday
9:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 2:45 PM

Friday – Saturday
9:00 – 11:00 AM only

Closed on Sundays, Holidays, and
UGM Special Events

Men's Clothing and Showers

During these hours, men can come in off the streets and get clean clothes and a shower at no cost.

Our men’s clothes closet is stocked with the clothing received from donations. Pants, shirts, undergarments, jackets, hats, beanies, socks, belts, and gloves.

We supply our guests with towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, underarm deodorant, and razors.

We also recycle the clothes that guests turn in. After they have traded them in for new ones, we wash them and put them back in the clothes closet if they are in good condition.

How to get a Food Box
Pickup times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 2:00 pm.

You Must Sign Up by Calling (916) 447-3268 by 11:30 am of the day of pickup!

  • You can receive one food box, every 30 days for families with children or seniors over 62.
  • You must bring your picture ID along with a utility bill (or something like that) with your current address (Proof of Residence).
  • (NOTE) Holiday Food Box Programs will vary from this schedule.​

Food Box Program

Most people know that the Mission feeds men, women, and children who are homeless and on the street. But our Mission goes beyond helping just them. We are active in the community, supplying food boxes to families unable to feed their children and seniors in need adequately. The Mission feeds thousands of meals every month. Click on the “Learn More” button below for details on our Holiday Food Box Program.

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How to Apply for the Men’s New Life Program:

Interviews are Monday – Thursday, 10-11 am and 1-2 pm

Must have a current negative TB test and COVID-19 test within 1-2 days of the interview. If accepted, the applicant must join the program immediately.

Men's Rehabilitation Program

The Men’s Rehabilitation Program is now accepting new candidates with the following requirements:

    • COVID-19 Clearance within two days of an interview at UGM.
    • TB Clearance
    • Interviews are Monday — Thursday, 10 — 11 am or 1 — 2 pm.
    • If the applicant is accepted, he must join the program immediately.
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Women’s Clothes Closet & Showers Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am – Gate closes at 9:30 am.

Shower signups 9:00-9:30 am.

Women's Clothes Closet & Showers

Clothing Closet Hours:

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Gate is opened for intake
9:00 – 9:30 AM
(No late arrivals accepted)

Shower sign-ups start at 9:00 and end at 9:30.

Starts with 1/2 hour Bible Study
9:30 – 10:00 AM
Refreshments will be served after Bible Study

Closes at 12:00 PM

Women may shop and attend bible study as often as they’d like.


Our remodeled building has dozens of neatly displayed racks of fashionable clothing, shoes, purses, socks, undergarments, accessories, and toiletries. Children’s clothing and shoes are also provided for women with children ranging from infant to school age. Dressing rooms allow women to try on clothes, ensuring they fit and see themselves before taking things home. We are now offering showers to women every Tuesday and Thursday! Our goal is to give each woman that comes in a shopping experience and restore dignity in a loving, Christ-centered atmosphere.

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Monday through Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 – 2:45 pm
Friday 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Mailroom is closed Weekends and Holidays

Mailroom Services

Homeless men and women can receive their mail (no packages) at the Mission.


To use the mailroom services, you must have a photo ID and fill out a request form, to prevent fraud. If you are not on file, all mail received will be returned to the sender. Mail is usually delayed one day for processing. Mail is not delivered until late on Friday, and there is no Saturday delivery, so Monday’s mail delivery will cover three mail days and be handed out Tuesday morning.


  • NO PACKAGES ACCEPTED!!!! We have no room to store these. First Class and Large envelope only. (VA medication will be accepted)
  • YOU CAN NOT USE THE 400 BANNON STREET ADDRESS AS A (DBA) Doing Business As! (Under any Name) This will terminate your mail privileges immediately and all mail will be returned to the sender.
  • You must check your mail within 14 days, or it will be “Returned to Sender.” Failure to check mail for 30 days will result in the loss of mail service.
  • You may not receive any sexually explicit mail at this address. Doing so will result in the loss of mailroom services. This includes certain magazines as well.
  • You must come in person to check your mail with a photo ID.
  • To minimize theft or fraud, you must have a photo ID to pick up your mail.
  • No CURSING, THREATS, or GESTURES will be made to the mailroom staff. This will result in the loss of your mailroom services. No exceptions!
  • You must first sign up to use our mail services, or mail will be returned to sender.

To Rent a Locker

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Access Hours:

Monday – Thursday
9:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 2:45 PM

Friday – Saturday
9:00 – 11:00 AM only

Closed Sundays and Holidays 

Locker Rentals

We have lockers to rent. These are on a first come first serve basis. Those that are interested talk to the mailroom person.

Rental Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Fees: $16.00 a month

Days and hours are subject to change without notice.

Men’s Barber Hours:
(Limited to the first 8 men to sign up)
Every Other Monday – 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Days and hours are subject to change without notice.

Women’s Hair Services Hours:
(Limited to the first 3 to sign up)
Every Thursday, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sign up between 9:00-9:30 AM

Haircuts for the Homeless

Meet our generous volunteers, Keith and Gretchen, who come to the Union Gospel Mission to donate their time to help. We thank them for their dedication and love for Christ to help those in need!

Keith and Gretchen transform a small space in Clothes Closet into a haven of grooming and self-care. Their mission is simple yet impactful: to offer a moment of respite and a touch of humanity to those experiencing homelessness while sharing the love of Christ. Beyond the physical transformation, they provide a listening ear, a friendly smile, and Godly encouragement as they engage in meaningful conversation with guests.

Winter Warming Center is Open!

Open to Men, Women, and Children

The Winter Warming Center is open from November to March.  Men, women, and children are welcome.  Security guard opens the gate every quarter-hour to let people in and out. Located in our Dining Room at the Union Gospel Mission.  Stay out of the cold, get a warm blanket, and have light snacks and hot drinks.

All are welcome to join us for Chapel Service at 7:30 pm and a hot, nourishing dinner at 8:30 pm.  Sunday’s church is at 11 am, and lunch is at 12 pm.

There is NO SMOKING, DRINKING, or CUSSING on the Mission grounds. All rules must be observed for the safety of all.