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The Mission Message

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come . . . “ II Cor. 5:17

Olympia Union Gospel Mission

Volume 15

February 2010, 15 Year Anniversary Edition

1995 to 2010: Celebrating 15 Years of God’s Provision

1995: The First Winter

1998: A Buildng is Purchased

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When a small group of dedicated volunteers began serving sandwiches and hot drinks from the back of a pick up truck in 1995, who could have imagined what God had in store for the future. But obedience has its rewards and the greatest commandments ever given are to love God, love your neighbor, and to care for the widows, orphans and poor among you. One simple act of obedience has created a ministry that not only feeds the hungry, but also provides long term residential addiction recovery, vision, dental, limted medical care, a hygiene center, crisis counseling, and so much more. All at no cost to homeless and impoverished individuals in the greater Olympia area. Most amazing of all is that the bulk of financing for these programs comes directly from the local community. Donations from churches, individuals, business owners and service providers are combined with in-kind donations and foundation grants to form the funding base, while the scriptural principle of multiplication is at work daily. “It seems like every time there was a need to grow, God was ahead of us providing the finances and an open door,” said Executive Director, Loren “Skip” Steffen. And the Mission isn’t finished growing. A Vision for the future includes development of a consolidated residential facilty for recovery programs to replace rented facilities. What this facility will look like is still to be determined; however, the Board is moving forward with plans.

Health Resource Center OUGM Today

Inside This Issue:

A Word from Skip, Clinic Updates, Recovery Update, Holiday Highlights

Contact Us A Word From Skip . . .

Loren “Skip” Steffen

You know, it’s hard to believe that I have been involved with this Mission for 15 years! Wow! Goes to prove that time does go by fast when you are having fun doing what you believe God has called you to. I can remember when we had one (poorly) paid staff member and a 100 square foot office. Today there are a total of 16 full and part time staff members, and if you added all the facilities together about 15,000 square feet of space. In the early days about 10 individuals volunteered time, and today there are 200 volunteers serving in so many capacities I could not list them all. God has used your generosity and your time to truly bless the poor and homeless in Olympia and beyond. And, wonder of wonders He’s not done with us yet. The Board, Staff and volunteers in the recovery programs are convinced that the Mission is being called to do more in transforming lives through expanding the recovery programs and associated facilities. I do so hope many of you can come to the May, 2010 fifteen year Anniversary Gala where we will talk more about the Mission’s future. As the Mission grows, I find myself learning more about maintaining the programs and services over the long term. It would be wisdom to create an endowment fund so that the return on investment would create an additional revenue source to maintain programs. It will potentially take many years to build up enough money to make a significant impact, but we need to start sometime. Endowments are often funded from bequests, so if you are doing estate planning and want to include the Mission, that would be one option. Our prayers and best wishes go out to you all for a better 2010. May God bless and enrich your lives for the compassion you have shown to others. Sincerely,

Loren “Skip” Steffen-Executive Director (360) 709-9725, ext. 101 Lori Vandervate-Office/Data Base Manager (360) 709-9725, ext. 102 Tim Langan-Director of Facilities /Discipleship (360) 709-9725, ext. 103 Peggy Langan-Director of Men’s Recovery (360) 709-9725, ext. 103 Marla Root-Director of Women’s Recovery (360) 754-9351 Virginia Schnabel-Director of Development (360) 709-9725, ext. 116 Krina Allison-Development Officer (360) 709-9725, ext. 118 Linda Barrett-Dental Clinic Manager (360) 943-6400, ext. 100 Judy Cunningham-TCDAN Coordinator (360) 709-9725, ext. 117 Jerome Jaeger-Day Room Supervisor (360) 709-9725 Violet Hofman-Volunteers/Vision Clinic Manager (360) 709-9725, ext. 104 Jeff Marchell-Evening Supervisor (360) 709-9725 Mariassa Rojas-Medical Clinic Manager (360) 357-6505 Dental Line (360) 943-6400 Medical Line (360) 357-6505

Mission Hours Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot Meals, noon,5:30 5:30p.m. p.m. Hot Meals, M-F, M-F,66a.m., a.m.,12Noon,

Upcoming Mission Events

Saturday to Noon Noon SaturdayBrunch, Brunch, 10 10 a.m. a.m. to Sunday, 8 a.m. and Noon Sunday, 8 a.m. and Noon Church, 9 a.m. Hot Hot Showers, 11:30 3 p.m. Daily Showers, 1 toto 6 p.m. daily Mission Phone (360) 709-9725 Mission Phone (360) 709-9725

Mission Fax

(360) 570-8848

Mission Fax (360) Dental Line (360)570-8848 943-6400

Medical (360)943-6400 357-6505 DentalLine Line (360) Mission e-mail

Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m. St. Martins University Worthington Center 15 Year Anniversary Gala Call 709-9725 for Information. Tours of the Mission are offered by appointment. Call 709-9725

Current Mission Needs The Kitchen is in need of MEAT, especially beef, #10 cans of vegetables, dairy products in large sizes, COFFEE, cream and sugar, Foil, Saran Wrap, and plastic food service gloves. Dental is in need of SOFT toothbrushes and flouride toothpaste.

OUGM’s Directors’ Hall of Fame

From Left to Right: Ralph Vergenhill, 1996-1998 George Wehnes, 1998-2004 Loren “Skip” Steffen, 2004-Present

Constructing the Mission’s Kitchen, 2002

Olympia Union Gospel Mission Health Resource Center News “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, be open handed toward your brothers, and toward the poor in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11

In 2003, the Mission opened the No-Fee Dental Clinic. The clinic remained stable with two operatories for emergency procedures until 2007, when walls between what was Labor Ready and the Mission came down and a third operatory was added. Now clinic patients can receive ongoing dental hygiene care & education. 2009 not only brought an influx of new patients to the clinic, but some new dental volunteers as well. One of these volunteers is Dr. Mike Morton, who recently retired from private dental practice. Dr. Morton graduated from the University of Washington, both as an undergraduate and dental student. He earned his BA in Biology and knew he wanted to work in the medical field, but wasn’t interested in becoming a medical doctor. Dentistry seemed a natural choice, so he applied and was accepted to UW’s School of Dentistry, which led to a forty year career in his chosen field. Dr. Morton learned about the Mission’s dental program through an article in the Washington State Dental Association’s newsletter and decided he wanted to help. “I got a little bored with my retirement. I enjoy helping people, but I don’t play golf, and I’m a lousy fisherman,” so he chose to support the clinic. So far, Dr. Morton is enjoying his new found hobby. “I’ve yet to meet a jerk here. All of the patients have been nice people, and so appreciative of what I do for them.” One of Dr. Morton’s philosophies is that if you treat others with respect, you get treated with respect back; and he puts that philosophy into practice at the clinic where he performs oral surgeries to relieve patients of pain and infection. Dr. Morton’s other charity work includes three Mercy Ship outreaches in 1989 to the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Guatemala. “It’s a great way to do Mission dentistry because they have a great infrastructure. They also do cleft palate repair and cataract surgery, which are life changing surgeries. It’s fun to be a part of that.” His most memorable case at the Mission so far was a man with an untreated broken jaw. “Seeing someone with so much untreated infection and in so much pain makes you wonder what you have to complain about,” he said, and his advice to other dentists: “Don’t be afraid to put on the gloves and get to work.”

Clinic Stats

Dental Stats, 10-09 to 12-09 Visits 531 Acute 480 Preventative 25

Medical Stats, 10-09 to 12-09 Visits 84

Vision Stats, 10-09 to 12-09 Visits 101 Glasses 93 pair

Vision Clinic Update Vision Clinic Patient Phillip Curtis reads text on a cell phone with his new glasses. He had this to say about his prescription: “When the doctor performed my exam, he did a great job. I can now read the smallest line on the eye chart, which I haven’t been able to do since the 4th grade. I have never been so happy about getting glasses. I am 47 years old and I can say that I can see and really mean it.” Clinic founder and volunteer Dr. Brian Koning announced to Mission staff in January that the Vision Clinic has received a donation of 500 pair of eye glass frames for men, women and children from A&A Optical, a small frame manufacturing company in Texas. “They heard about the exciting and needed care being offered at the No-fee Vision Clinic and were generous enough to give us this large number of frames. This should nearly cover our frame needs for all of 2010,” said Koning. A great big THANK YOU! goes out to A&A from the Mission and Dr. Koning.

Medical Clinic Update OUGM’s No-fee Medical Clinic continues to grow at a steady pace and now has 60 regular patients. In addition, four registered dieticians recently came on board and will hold nutrition classes and one on one sessions with patients. As part of patient case management, the Mission goes beyond offering medication by helping patients with social service needs. A recent example of this is the help the Mission provided for Shawn, a diabetes patient. Shawn needed help obtaining insulin, but after speaking with a clinic social worker, it was learned that he also needed help in obtaining insurance, and help with reinstating his driver’s license so that he could find a new job. With four children to provide for and a faltering marriage, Shawn was a prime candidate for the clinic’s comprehensive case management services. Medical Manager Marissa Rojas helped Shawn obtain a new driver’s license and he is now receiving counseling to help restore his marriage. “The entire process took about two months”, said Rojas, adding that Shawn will also participate in nutrition classes to help regulate his condition. A highlight of 2009 for the clinic was the coordination of two successful H1N1 clinics. Volunteer nurses from Providence St. Peter Hospital administered about 180 doses of flu vaccine. The Mission is grateful to all of its volunteers and financial partners for their support in making the first four months of the clinic’s operation a great success.

In 2007, the Health Rescource Center’s waiting room was still under construction.

Today, the waiting room is a light filled, airy space that welcomes dozens of patients each month for dental, vision, and medical appointments.

Holiday Time at the Mission

Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgivng 2009 Volunteers

Christmas “Elves” Wrap Donations

09’ Bucoda Christmas Party

OUGM began serving Thanksgiving Dinners at the Mission in 2003, following the completion of our kitchen. Holiday meals still include decorations and a traditional turkey dinner. In 2007, the Mission began hosting the week of Thanksiving and the week of Christmas. During these weeks, our Kitchen Manager prepares special holiday menus each day. A favorite of dayroom guests is Prime Rib Day. Thank you to all Mission investors for making these holiday meals possible. Christmas week also included visits from St. Nicholas and Mrs. Clause, as well as local musicians who offered Christmas music and a caroling session. Thanks also to all who donated gifts to hand out during the Christmas season, to Hawks Prarie Starbucks for sponsoring a donation drive, and to Betty Stuefen, who for the past six years has hand crocheted hats and sweaters for the homeless. Betty is too ill to continue this ministry so our prayers and heartfelt gratitude go out to Betty and her family. A special thanks as well to Bucoda Assembly of God for once again hosting a Christmas party for Mission guests.

THANK YOU for your support!















On Christmas day, a bedraggled family of four made their way to the Mission seeking some holiday cheer. It turns out that the father recently lost his job, and as a result, the family lost their home. They are now living in a family shelter, trying to recover their lives. Because of dedicated staff members, a group of loving volunteers,and faithful financial partners like you, the Mission was open to receive them. During their visit to the Mission, St. Nicholas appeared with gifts, while the family enjoyed a Christmas dinner complete with ham and twice baked potatoes. Live music was provided by vocalist Nika Hansen. This story is a poignant illustration of why the Mission is such a vital community asset.

Need for Services Continues to Grow DENTAL APPOINTMENTS

More Christmas Highlights!


2007 Appointments




The above chart shows the growth in dental appointments and hot meals served from 2006 to 2009 at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission. Over time, the chart shows a 47% growth in dental and a 40% growth in food services. With a new year about to start, the Mission sees no signs of a downturn in the need for services, and in fact, December was a record month for dental with over 200 patients seeking relief from pain and infection.

Cody Howard: Mission Kitchen Manager by day, St. Nicholas on Christmas

Evolution of Mission Programs In 1998, the Mission opened a furniture bank known as the Serving Hands Ministry. In 2009, the Mission’s Board voted to discontinue this ministry. This decision was based on a diminishing community need due to new furniture banks opening in Thurston County. Droppping Serving Hands has made it possible to focus resources on other Mission programs, including our Health Resource Center.


Norman & Romee Salmon Eric Wright Jody Lobe The Bushnell’s The Bushnell’s Gail Tallman Leigh McKinsey


Anonymous Olympia Neurology Staff


Brian & Melissa Koning Brian & Melissa Koning Brian & Melissa Koning

Dental Continued

Dr. Steven Alexander In Honor of: Memorials Laurel Deforest, Ben Turner Andris Grobins, Zenta Grobins L. Eileen Albert, Louse Herl Alysa Johnson, Don Fisher John & Lois Space, Robert Space Dana Riley, Pam Riley

In Honor Of

Thomas Salmon Pastor Ken Nielson Nancy Ekstrom Rick Albright & Jeanette Bushnell Rick Bushnell & Carol Layton John Crawford Family Deanna Carroll

Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr.

Erin Kershisnik, MD Jon C. Kooiker, MD James McDowell, MD Leo Kesting, MD Zhongzeng, MD

Dr. Dale & Jamie Tosland Family Dr. Joanna & Dan Haws Dr. Mary Kutch

Dental Dr.’s Psaltis, In Honor of:

Honorariums Rowley & Ruder Dr. Steven Ash Dr. Richard Sowning Dr. Bruce Coooper Dr. Rohn Falter Dr. Jerry Giddings Dr. Levi Green Dr.’s Travis & Kyle Hackney Dr. Jim Hutchinson Dr. Stephen Kern Dr. Ingrid Janssen Dr. Jeff Lemon Dr. Michael & Brady McDonald Dr. Kerry O’Connor Dr. John Pham Dr. Mary Ann Vetter Dr. Kristin Vernon Dr. Attila Talaber Dr. John Walker Dr. James Wilder

& Staff Sea Mar Dental Clinic Olympia Dental Dr. James Allinder Dr. Rose Bailey Dr. Suneet Bath Dr. Greg Blanchard Dr. Richard Busto Dr. Bruce Cooper Dr. William Elton Dr. Anita Fok Dr. Levi Green Dr. Bart Tirell Dr. Rod Anderson

Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr.

Brant Banner David Blackett Steven Bowers James Cockrell Dan Davidson Matthew Fisher Jim Jones Garrett Barker Jerry Giddings Robert Harris Ingrid Janssen Mikael Kautsky Stephen Kern

Dr. Thinh Ho Dr. Carey Lasley Dr. Yathindran Lingam-Nattamai Dr. Kai Maulding Dr. Jerry Moody Dr. Kevin Moss Dr. Matthew Wall Dr. James Myers Dr. Andrew Kapust Dr. Michael Kelson Dr. Stephen Kelson Dr. Stephen Kirkpatrick Dr. Rodger Lawton

Dr. Attila Talaber Dr. James Telloian Dr. Thomas Tilson Dr. Mary Ann Vetter Dr. Kristin Vernon Dr. JoLyn Su Dr. James Wilder Dr. Joseph De Jesus

Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr.

Greg Psaltis Scott Rowley Ben Ruder Donald Simpson Robert Stover Mark Teigen Herbert Todd John Walker

Dr. Sherilyn Malloy Dr. Ron Mikkelson Dr. Joseph Mulrean Dr. Charles Weber Dr. Truyen O’Leary Dr. Venn Petersen Dr. Stephen Russell Dr. Austin Smith

Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr.

Drew Heiderdott Gordon Yamaguchi Garrett Yamaguchi Gerald Dolgash Brian Jackson

Mission Statistics for Dental Appointments: 2,165 Hot Meals: 59,535 Days of Men’s Residential Recovery: 3,285 Church Services: 1,200 Days of Women’s Residential Recovry: 2,920 Recommitments to Christ: 73 Annual Projection for Medical Appointments: 336 Faith Commitments: 14 Bible Studies: 4,397 Recovery Meetings: 1,722 Counseling Sessions: 898 Chapel Services: 34,462


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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven . . .” Matt:5-3

Year in Review for Street Ministry . . . God has certainly blessed the Street Ministries here at OUGM this past year. As we all remember, it started with an abundance of snow and all the confusion that brings. We handled it all with the five men in the recovery program, staff, and the recovery house manager. I was still on a steep learning curve regarding basic Mission operations. Staff kept telling me there was a light at the end of the tunnel called “summer” because “there would hardly be anyone at the Mission”. I got through the winter running endless errands in my Jeep, supporting meals, discipling recovery men, keeping the grounds up, and holding church service on Sundays. Spring approached and a subtle change began to take place. The number of women frequenting the Mission doubled. At the beginning of the year, there would be four to six women in attendance between meals, and about fifteen at meals. This doubling in the female population has lasted through summer and into the remainder of the year. And the environment within the Mission has changed also; call it “a woman’s touch”. Mind you, it hasn’t all been good. There is always personality “drama” in the Mission. Now that drama includes male – female interactions. And we have babies. Currently, we have three who are around six months old. As Summer turned to fall, and no, there wasn’t much of a break in business between summer and winter, we increased our focus on developing relationships with the people who come in everyday. A direct consequence from this was an increase in client volunteers for day-to-day operations. This has proven to be a blessing both for the Mission and the clients in that the environment has changed to a more family oriented one. And lately, the women have also started to volunteer. In the New Year, our goal is to continue developing relationships with those who come to the Mission, but also to improve our relationships with the many volunteers who donate their time, as well as continue developing relationships with other ministries that work with us in servicing the needs of those in crisis. God Bless,

Tim Langan Chaplain

OUGM Newsletter February 2010  

The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Newsletter provides updates about the most current activities happening in the OUGM Mission community.

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