Seventy-five years ago, a man named Bob Stacey opened Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver. He was just 21 years old but, like you and I, Bob’s passion was sincere. Confident in Christ and devoted to building hope for those in need, Bob shared his vision. Word spread quickly and, not unlike today, people came alongside UGM with overwhelming support.
From the very beginning, Union Gospel Mission has been a team, a community of hope and provision. And you, our generous supporters, are the backbone of this team. Your compassion and conviction—our shared belief that everyone deserves love, that a hand-up truly does feed hope, and that people can transform their lives—is so inspiring.
Because of you, UGM has grown in scope and impact over the past 75 years. Today, your support helps serve over 800 much-needed meals every day—that’s 740 more daily meals than when UGM first started! Together, we continue to transform communities affected by poverty—one life at a time.
I am so thankful for the lives of UGM’s guests and am increasingly inspired by the hard work they put in to transform their circumstances. Today, we are delighted to share Melissa’s story of hope and transformation with you. As you read this issue of Gratitude, join me in reflecting on UGM’s rich history of lives changed.
William B. Mollard