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Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane

A pathway out of homelessness

aka Union Gospel Mission   |   Spokane, WA   |  https://www.uniongospelmission.org/
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Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane

EIN: 91-0613587


Mission

Partnering with the Inland Northwest to reach the poor with the love and power of the gospel so they may become God-dependent, contributing members of society.

Ruling year info

1953

Executive Director

Mr. Phil Altmeyer

Main address

PO Box 4066

Spokane, WA 99220 USA

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EIN

91-0613587

Subject area info

Addiction services

Human services

Food aid

Homeless shelters

Homeless services

Population served info

Children and youth

Adolescents

Women and girls

Men and boys

Homeless people

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NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The 2018 Spokane Regional Point-in-Time Count recorded 1,245 homeless persons on a single day in January. (This total was up from 1,090 persons counted in 2017.) 25% were unsheltered and sleeping in places not designed for habitation; 16% were under 18; 38% were female. 307 adults counted were experiencing serious mental illness; 184 had a substance abuse condition; 121 were survivors of domestic violence. Having spent so much time and energy on mere survival - determining where they're going to sleep and what they're going to eat - many of the people coming to us have not been able to focus on the changes needed to exit homelessness. Finding a job is difficult when they don't have access to a shower or clean clothes. Many of them struggle to believe they deserve anything better. UGM is working to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction by addressing its underlying causes on a case-by-case basis.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Homeless Services

Offering food, clean-and-sober shelter and medical care to homeless men, women and children, as well as holistic recovery services, within a faith-based environment

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Substance abusers

Men’s Recovery encompasses counseling, addiction therapy, education, job training and Bible study all within the context of a safe environment centered on grace, acceptance and accountability. The program consists of five phases and lasts an average of 18 months.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Substance abusers

UGM's residential recovery program for women and their children in Spokane, WA provides a safe and healing environment for them to break free from cycles of abuse, addiction and homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Substance abusers

UGM's residential recovery program for women and their children in Kootenai County, ID provides a safe and healing environment for them to break free from cycles of abuse, addiction and homelessness. The program lasts an average of 18 months and includes case management, counseling, basic medical care, life skills classes, Bible study and job training.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Substance abusers

The UGM Crisis Shelter offers safe, short-term shelter and guidance for women and their children experiencing homelessness. Services include: clean and sober shelter, three meals a day, clothing, toiletries and other necessities, case management, basic medical care, computer access and referrals for recovery and other resources.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Homeless people

The Men’s Shelter in Spokane offers emergency and short-term shelter and meals, as well as a residential addiction recovery program, job training and other resources to exit homelessness. All services are offered free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Homeless people

UGM Camp is a 125-acre camp along the Spokane River. Every summer, about 500 kids from low-income neighborhoods in Spokane come to spend a free week at camp under the direction of a team of volunteers from a church in their neighborhood. During the school year, outreach programs continue - including mentoring, clothing closets, meal programs and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Homeless people

Related Program

Homeless Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

UGM provides shelter to approximately 300 people each night at our four shelters.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Homeless Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In addition to serving 3 meals a day at each of our four shelters, the UGM Men's Shelter is open to the public for lunch and dinner 365 days a year.

Number of program participants who obtain a job within 3 months of program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Homeless Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Homeless Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The total number of people served exceeds this number, but this is the number of people who spent at least 1 night in our shelters.

Number of clinic visits provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Homeless Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Union Gospel Mission is part of the Continuum of Care, providing food, shelter, clothing, showers and medical care in a clean-and-sober environment. Through case management, the hurdles facing each individual are recorded and addressed, goals are set, and together the participant and the case manager create an action plan. That action plan may include connecting with other agencies - Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Frontier Behavioral Health (for mental illnesses), Fulcrum Institute (for those with felony records), Career Path Services, Goodwill and the Veterans Administration (for homeless veterans), and more. An individual may be directed toward one of UGM's long-term recovery programs to address addiction or toward the Employment Ready Program for the tools necessary to overcome barriers to finding and keeping a job. The end goal is for each individual who comes through our doors to return to society as a God-dependent, contributing member.

1) Clean-and-sober facilities.
2) Case management. Each guest is assigned a case manager within two weeks of arrival. Their current situation is assessed and an action plan is created.
3) Holistic recovery. Many of the people coming through our doors have experienced numerous Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma that cannot be addressed in 30, 60 or 90 days. UGM's program averages 18 months and includes counseling, group therapy, life skills classes, Bible study, job training and an educational component.
4) Ongoing recovery assistance. We seek to walk alongside our residents even after they leave our shelters, connecting them to mentors, support groups and churches who will support their ongoing recovery.
5) Job training and experience. UGM provides work experience within the ministry at our automotive enterprise, thrift stores, food services and maintenance departments.

Founded in 1951, UGM has been meeting the needs of the poor and homeless in the Inland Northwest for more than 70 years. What began as a soup kitchen has grown into four shelters, three long-term recovery programs, a camp for underprivileged youth, two thrift stores and an automotive enterprise. UGM has a staff of 160 employees and more than 500 volunteers who serve on a regular basis. Trained chemical dependency counselors work in each recovery program to address the issues surrounding substance abuse. Each shelter has a free medical clinic where volunteer medical professionals work to address physical health issues. A learning center at each shelter helps residents to address educational deficiencies and improve their computer skills. An Employment Ready program provides job training, and job coaches help residents to prepare resumes and do job searches. Additional job experience is provided through short-term employment at UGM Thrift Stores, UGM Motors, food services and maintenance.

The following statistics are based on an evaluation of residents from the past four years.
UGM long-term recovery programs have a 32% completion rate.
Of the people who finished our LIFE Recovery program in the past four years (93 total), UGM has been able to maintain contact with 75% of them.
Of the 75% with whom we have maintained contact, 70% have maintained their sobriety.
The next step is an additional emphasis on providing ongoing recovery for individuals after they leave our shelters. Statistics show that individuals who maintain their recovery for five years have an 85% chance of continuing in recovery for the rest of their lives. Our next goal is to help as many of our residents as possible reach the 5-year mark. The plan is to help them establish a strong support network outside of UGM shelters: job, mentor, church, 12-step meetings, etc. We have established an Aftercare program with transition teams, and our goal going forward is to bolster that support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $17,601,425
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $16,396
Other Revenue $6,501,009
Total Revenue $24,118,830
Expenses
Program Services $17,280,726
Administration $3,163,206
Fundraising $1,405,691
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $20,443,932

Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $27,459,798
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $1,303,203
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $17,901,661

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Phil Altmeyer

Phil Altmeyer | Executive Director Phil Altmeyer oversees Spokane's most comprehensive effort to serve the homeless population of the region. During his 31 years of leadership, the Union Gospel Mission has grown from a single shelter with six employees to a multi-outreach ministry with four shelters, three long-term recovery programs, two thrift stores, an automotive program, and a student center and summer camp ministry for underprivileged youth. During his tenure, the ministry has undertaken several major expansion projects, and Phil has served in leadership positions both locally and nationally. Clearly, serving the homeless Is not merely a job to Phil Altmeyer: “Every day I get to participate in work that is dear to the heart of God. Every day I witness the miracle of heart change."

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane

Board of directors
as of 06/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Mike Drew

Mary Edmonds

Jim Dunn

Bob Cook

Gary Darr

Charlie Jackson

Steve Lowry

Judy McGruder

Jeff Mitchell

Vern Scoggin

Charlie Wells

Brad Crockett

Rick Fiedler

Richard Penn

Dave Deters

Keith Green

Eric Green

Dan Green

Bill House

Kristi Kinsinger

Gary Myhro

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data