About Union Gospel Mission
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ABOUT UNION GOSPEL MISSION
Union Gospel Mission in Portland, Ore., is a non-profit organization, which make up 55.3 percent of all Oregon treatment facilities. The facility offers gender-specific, residential treatment for women and men struggling with addiction. In addition, the organization prepares meals daily for the homeless and operates both a thrift store and an emergency cold weather shelter. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Union Gospel Mission’s LifeChange is a Christ-centered recovery program for individuals seeking treatment for addiction. It is among the 17.3 percent of facilities in the state to provide residential treatment. While enrolled, program participants reside in transitional housing at two different locations.
The LifeChange for Men program includes Bible studies, mandatory church services, self-evaluations, work therapy, educational classes, and counseling. Only 44.7 percent of treatment facilities in Oregon offer employment training and assistance.
The LifeChange for Women and Their Children program occurs in three phases. The first phase offers basic services like safe transitional housing, counseling, and meals. This phase can last up to three months. In the next phase, women choose one of three year-long programs available to enroll in: recovery, domestic violence, and discipleship.
In the third and final phase, women can take part in Women of Wisdom (WoW), another discipleship and ministry training program, or the Team Education and Employment Management (TEEM). The facility is one of the 3.5 percent or Oregon’s treatment facilities that offer residential spaces for the children of clients.
Union Gospel Mission's LifeChange employs a case manager, a counseling supervisor, and a cook, though specific details regarding treatment staff are not available on the facility's website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents of LifeChange stay in gender-specific transitional recovery houses. Mothers may live with their children.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
In the two anonymous Rehabs.com survey responses provided by program alumni to date, one simply referred to their experience at the Union Gospel Mission as “good,” while the other wrote: “They treat the whole person & all the issues.”
Union Gospel Mission also fared very well across secondary sites. On the facility's Facebook page, which it may manage, 811 individuals gave the center an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars. Individuals gave positive feedback for the center and its dedicated staff for helping men and women begin their path toward recovery. Union Gospel Mission also has an above-average rating of 3.8 out of five stars from 10 Google reviewers, and feedback was mostly favorable.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com as of this writing awarded the program five out of five stars in indicating how strongly they’d recommend Union Gospel Mission to others. The anonymous employee also left five out of five stars for program affordability and cleanliness. Holistic offerings, however, were given only two stars. They found the old building a facility weakness but called it a “Great non-profit organization for people who have few options."
The program is supported by its thrift stores and donations. Program participants work at the organization's thrift store as part of the recovery process. Revenue generated supports some of the costs of the LifeChange recovery program.
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AnonymousThey treat the whole person & all the issues.
AnonymousIt was good.
Anonymousholistic approach which also addresses areas outside of addictions. old building. Great non-profit organization for people who have few options.
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