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ABOUT UNION GOSPEL MISSION IN PORTLAND, OR
Located in Portland, Ore., Union Gospel Mission is a nonprofit organization that provides recovery services to people struggling with addiction. The center also gives meals to homeless people, and operates a thrift store.
According to the center’s website, Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.”
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Union Gospel Mission’s website states the organization’s LifeChange is a Christ-centered recovery program for people struggling with addiction. It is designed to “transform lives” and help people break free from addiction. Residents in the program live in transitional housing at two different locations.
Treatment in the LifeChange for Men program includes bible studies, church services, self-evaluations, work therapy, educational classes, and counseling.
The LifeChange for Women and Their Children program has three phases. The first level consists of basic services -- safe transitional housing, counseling, and meals. This phase can last up to three months.
In the next phase, women choose what yearlong program they want to enroll in. The programs are recovery, domestic violence, and discipleship.
In the last step, women can take part in Women of Wisdom (WoW) or the Team Education and Employment Management (TEEM).
Union Gospel Mission’s website indicates the center provides a safe, healing environment for women and their children. It’s designed for women who are struggling with abuse, addiction, and/or homelessness.
Men and women in recovery work at the Union Gospel Mission thrift store as part of their treatment. The revenue the store creates supports the LifeChange recovery program.
The organization also provides meals to homeless people, and operates an emergency cold weather shelter.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to Union Gospel Mission’s website, residents in the LifeChange program live in gender specific transitional recovery houses. Children live in the women’s house.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 60 people who left reviews on the center’s Facebook page, which they are able to manage, 50 people gave the center a perfect five out of five stars.
At the time of this writing, the center had 4.7 stars on Facebook.
Many alumni, community members, and volunteers left reviews on the Facebook page. Most of the alumni who left reviews had positive experiences at the center.
For example, alum Amber wrote: “10 years ago I was coming off of methamphetamines as I walked through the doors of UNION GOSPEL MISSION... So many blessings in my life that might not be if I had not chosen to turn my life around. Thank you UGM for giving me the opportunity to live again.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staff member who was questioned by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a positive review. They gave the center five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Union Gospel Mission.
They also gave the center top marks for affordability and cleanliness. The staff member rated the center’s holistic offerings the worst with two stars.
They wrote: “Great non-profit organization for people who have few options.” However, they did mention the center’s old building was a weakness.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs.
Published February 2017
Published on March 2017
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