About Us

What YUGM Is All About

Yakima Union Gospel Mission (YUGM) is dedicated to serving men, women and children experiencing homelessness with the compassion of Christ. We provide emergency and long-term services to our guests to help them escape the struggle of life on the streets.


YUGM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1936. 

Our Mission Statement

To follow Christ in helping people move from homelessness to wholeness.

Our Vision

That every homeless person in Yakima County has the opportunity for permanent life transformation in Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

The quest of the Mission is to build on the legacy of love and innovation by adding ever-increasing amount of professional skills. In fact, that’s ou­r core values formula:

​ Love + Professionalism = Outcomes​

What We Believe

Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Yakima Union Gospel Mission’s (YUGM) faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our YUGM Board of Directors is the YUGM’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

To view our full Statement of Faith, click the button below.

To Accomplish Our Vision We...

  • Offer residential Christian discipleship programs for men and women designed to address life-dominating addictions and abuse.  We do this by providing spiritual and physical tools to overcome destructive life patterns and live healthy productive lives.


  • Provide tangible resources to those who are homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless with food, clothing and emergency/transitional shelter.  We help provide the homeless with access to permanent supportive long-term housing providers.


  • Provide on-site healthcare services that benefit the poor.


  • Encourage literacy, education and training for employment as a means of equipping residents for self-support and stabilization. 


  • Promote healthy lifestyles that include wholesome recreation, healthy relationships and personal accountability.


  • Create opportunities for donors and volunteers to use their gifts and talents to make a personal difference in the lives of those who seek help from the UGM ministries.


  • Develop a healthy environment in which staff, program participants, program alumni, donors and volunteers can freely interact and encourage one another.


  • Educate the community regarding the needs of the poor and the most effective methods of meeting those needs.