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Union Gospel Mission Portland Reports Covid-19 Cases - 11/27/20

For Immediate Release                                                                    Contact: Courtney Dodds  

November 27, 2020                                                                         971-275-2334 (cell)                      

Union Gospel Mission Portland Reports Covid-19 Cases

 

Portland, Ore., - On Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) UGM learned that a few of their staff and residents in the men’s LifeChange recovery program in old town tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms. LifeChange is a long-term residential community for homeless, addicted and vulnerable men. They also serve over 250,000 meals a year to the homeless and hungry at this old town center. 

“Our greatest concern is preventing further spread and keeping our residents, staff, volunteers, and those we serve safe and healthy. We have practiced strict COVID-19 protocols and will continue to do so. We are working with the Multnomah County Health Department and are following their recommendations. All staff and residents who have been exposed will be quarantined and tested,” said Bill Russell UGM’s Executive Director  

Out of extreme caution, they are temporarily altering meal services out of the downtown location and closing the Thrift Store in Tigard to help prevent any further spread and to care for residents and staff.

UGM serves the homeless and hungry throughout the community and will safely continue services to the LifeChange residents and to the hungry and homeless in camps throughout the city and their overnight shelter in SE Portland.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.” Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx. 

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Media Advisory: Union Gospel Mission to Provide Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless  - 11/25/20

For Immediate Release                                                                               Contact: Courtney Dodds 

November 25, 2020                                                                                               971-275-2334 (cell)

Media Advisory: Union Gospel Mission to Provide Thanksgiving Meals for the Homeless 

Portland, Ore., -?Union Gospel Mission will provide a to-go Thanksgiving meal for those experiencing homelessness and in need?on Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Union Gospel Mission at 15 NW Third Avenue.

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Search + Rescue Thanksgiving
Search + Rescue Thanksgiving
Updated with more Photos: Union Gospel Mission to Provide More Than 1,000 Thanksgiving Meals All Over Portland (Photo) - 11/25/20

For Immediate Release                                                                               Contact: Courtney Dodds

November 23, 2020                                                                                               Cell: 971-275-2334

                                       Union Gospel Mission to Provide More Than 1,000 Thanksgiving Meals All Over Portland

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission will provide more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need downtown, living in camps all over Portland and on the East Side at their overnight shelter during Thanksgiving week. This is nearly a 20% increase in the number of Thanksgiving meals normally provided.

"For decades, we have put on a giant feast on Thanksgiving where we closed the street and served well over 800 meals. This year we can't gather even a couple dozen people, so we have innovated new ways to "feed the hungry" and celebrate the season,” says Bill Russell Executive Director.

The meals include traditional favorites like turkey, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and of course pumpkin pie. 

Guests at the downtown location will also receive a gift bag with a hat, gloves, socks, hand warmers, hygiene items and a snack sack.

If you would like to help the Mission provide meals to those in need visit www.ugmportland.org/donate, call 503-274-4483 or mail a check to 3 NW Third Avenue Portland, OR 97209.

There are opportunities for photos, video, and interviews, please contact Courtney Dodds at 971-275-2334.

Video B roll footage of S+R Thanksgiving 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zkw96ymvs2nick4/AABrVkftTrYL03KsonpVrkO1a?dl=0

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.” Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483, ugmportland.org or on social media @ugmpdx

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Union Gospel Mission Providing 600 Thanksgiving Food Basket to Help Local Families - 11/20/20

For Immediate Release                                                                    Contact: Courtney Dodds  

November 20, 2020                                                                         971-275-2334 (cell)                      

 

Union Gospel Mission Providing 600 Thanksgiving Food Basket to Help Local Families 

Portland, Ore., - Union Gospel Mission will be providing 600 Thanksgiving food baskets for families and individuals in need in partnership with local churches and other non-profits. Each basket includes a certificate for a turkey that can be redeemed at a local grocer plus all the ingredients for a complete Thanksgiving meal, including dessert.  

Packing and distribution of the Thanksgiving baskets will take place Saturday, November 21st starting at 10 am at 15 NW Third Avenue in Portland. Baskets will be distributed the same day through local non-profits, churches, those in need in the neighborhood.  

“I would like to say thanks to all our donors who have provided donations to help us increase the number of baskets by 200 this year. That seems amazing considering the current circumstances,” says Lori Quinney, Food Service Director at Union Gospel Mission.  

If you would like to help provide Thanksgiving baskets to local families donations can be made at www.ugmportland.org/donate or mailed to 3 NW Third Avenue Portland, OR 97209 

There will be opportunities for interviews, photos and video.  

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.” Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx. 

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Union Gospel Mission Collecting Winter Clothing for the Homeless at Washington Square Mall - 11/13/20

For Immediate Release                                                Contact: Courtney Dodds

November 13, 2020                                                            971-275-2334

                                                                                   

Union Gospel Mission Collecting Winter Clothing for the Homeless at Washington Square Mall

Portland, Ore., - On Saturday, November 14th between 12-2 pm Union Gospel Mission in partnership with 105.1 The Buzz will be at Washington Square Mall collecting winter clothing to help our low-income neighbors and those experiencing homelessness.

Bring your donations to Washington Square Mall 9585 SW Washington Square Rd. Portland, OR 97223, across from Red Robin off of Washington Square Road.

With temperatures dropping and the weather getting more severe, warm dry clothing can make the difference between life and death for someone living on the streets. Items needed: men’s and women’s new underwear, gloves, travel-size hygiene items and new or gently used winter clothing. Financial donations are also needed.

If you would like to learn more about Union Gospel Mission visit www.ugmportland.org.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.” Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for those experiencing homelessness and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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