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MY NORTHWEST: Difficult living conditions for Jungle residents

An averted rape. A 6-year-old child living under I-5 in the Jungle. A man whose face was attacked by rats while he overdosed on heroin. These stories are severe but were among those told during a three-week effort by Seattle officials and the Union Gospel Mission to tour the infamous Jungle homeless encampment that spans a greenbelt along I-5 through south Seattle.

KING 5 NEWS: Lawyers helping Seattle's homeless

Supporters of a 24/7 homeless shelter for women and children are about to kick off design and fundraising plans for a new facility in Kent.

KENT REPORTER: Kent homeless shelter for women, children

Supporters of a 24/7 homeless shelter for women and children are about to kick off design and fundraising plans for a new facility in Kent.

A life reimagined helps the homeless

A life reimagined helps the homeless
When former music teacher Pat Gray decided to retire, she began a mission to end homelessness in her community of Kent. With the help of Union Gospel Mission, neighborhood churches, and a team of volunteers, Gray opened KentHOPE, a day center for homeless women and their children.

Mission Response to State of Emergency

Mission Response to State of Emergency
The City of Seattle's declaration of a state of emergency on homelessness brings a spotlight on the complex issues around the escalating numbers of people experiencing homelessness in King County. The Mission affirms the Mayor's decision to center the city's focus on the immediate needs of those on its streets with additional outreach, services, and shelter.

Seattle needs to 'swing for the fences' to end homelessness

Seattle needs to 'swing for the fences' to end homelessness
Seattle needs to "swing for the fences" in order to end homelessness, Union Gospel Mission President Jeff Lilley told KIRO Radio's Ron Upshaw and Don O'Neill. "People have to be willing to help," Lilley said. "Though people in Seattle tend to give money to homeless people directly, it might often be better to support a local organization that, in turn, will provide services and immediate needs."

Union Gospel Mission taking meal program on road

Union Gospel Mission taking meal program on road
Seattle's Union Gospel mission serves thousands of meals every day at shelters, but a new program is taking those meals on the road. The goal is to get food to school children who might go without during the summer months. The plan is for a van to bring about 400 lunches to two locations in Tukwila. One of the locations is the Hampton Heights Apartments, where residents like Maria Phillips are grateful for the help.

Tukwila kids go hungry and homeless in Seattle's shadow

Tukwila kids go hungry and homeless in Seattle's shadow
Goodman, along with a handful of volunteers from the community, are spending a Thursday morning packing backpacks full of non perishables so students will have food to eat over the weekend. The culturally sensitive meals are necessary in a school where half the students are English Language Learners.

Taking a bite out of food waste

Taking a bite out of food waste
Norm Hummel, food services manager for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, emphasized how useful the donated food from the Food Recovery Network (FRN) is to the shelter to feed the needy. "It's an awesome thing they're doing," Hummel said. "Since most of our food is donated, we make use out of everything that comes in. We're very creative with the meals because we have to be, and the guests love it." Hummel went on to say that donation efforts like FRN's are indispensable because Union Gospel Mission is open 365 days a year and serves three meals each day. Since most of the food they serve comes from donations, every bit is useful.

It's time to change our thinking about those with mental illness

It's time to change our thinking about those with mental illness
We need a "Clubhouse" for those with mental illness to find purpose and dignity through work and community, writes guest columnist and local Mission expert, Larry Clum. "Lack of psychiatric beds and short mental health hospital stays lead to inhumane 'ER warehousing' and premature hospital discharges of vulnerable folks who then end up on the streets."