What does Union Gospel Mission stand for? Are you part of a bigger organization? The key word in our name is Gospel. The city of Dallas defines us as emergency shelter. We define ourselves as people providing emergency services as directed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though many people think there is or should be a connection between the many Union Gospel Missions around the country, in fact there isn’t. We are all independent organizations. We are a member, however, of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, an organization that “exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions.”
What does it mean to be faith-based? For UGM, being faith-based means we care for the homeless in Dallas County, because we feel this is what Jesus has called us to do. “When you do it unto one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.” We also, at an appropriate time, share the message that though you may be one of the last, least, lost and lonely, there is a God who loves you and a Savior who died for you.
Do you take victims of domestic violence? Though UGM does not take domestic violence victims while they are breaking away from their abusers, we will refer people/families to facilities that are designed to meet those specific needs. Once a woman/family has completed the program with a domestic violence shelter and are no longer in danger, we may receive them into our shelter.
How old can boys be and live at Center of Hope? Boys can stay at COH until their 15th birthday.
What are the intake hours? At the Calvert Place men’s shelter, intake is done at The Bridge, 1818 Corsicana Street in downtown Dallas, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Women and children go through the intake process at the Center of Hope, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays we do intake from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Does the Union Gospel Mission supply transportation to the Mission/bus tickets? UGM does not provide transportation to any shelter. Bus passes are only available on a limited basis to clients and disciples staying at the Mission, who need medical services beyond our ability to provide. City of Dallas buses have stops within blocks of all facilities.
Does UGM have handicap-accessible facilities? Yes
Where will my children go to school? If your child is elementary age, they will attend Medrano Elementary. If your child is middle school age, they will go to T.J. Rusk Middle School, and if they are teenagers they go to North Dallas High School.
How is your donation used? Using the latest numbers from 2012, out of our expenditures of $5,373,847.81, the Union Gospel Mission spent 23% on fund raising costs and administrative costs. This left 77% of all donations going directly to providing emergency shelter (food, beds, clothing) for the 4,100 unduplicated men, women and children who came to our shelters needing services last year. 373,349 meals were served, an 8% increase over 2011. All donations are used in this manner unless the donor requests his or her gift to be used in specific ways, a request the Mission always honors.