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 home.
In 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.