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The Mission Message “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come . . .” 1 Cor. 5:17 Volume 15

May 2010

Issue #2

Pictured here are Jeff Smith, Michael Di Marzo, and Kim Mitman. All three will be honored on Saturday, May 22nd, for their completion of OUGM’s Life Transformation Program. Their signs are part of the recognition ceremony and represent how God, through the program, has changed their lives. The Mission is truly proud of their accomplishments and wishes them all the best as they move forward.

Inside This Issue:

A Word from Skip, Clinic Updates, Successful Food Drive, Volunteer Spotlight

A Word From Skip . . . Loren “Skip” Steffen

One Saturday evening in April, I sat around a table at the Men’s Transformation House along with Mission Chaplain Tim Langan and his wife, Peggy, who directs the Men’s program. We were eating dinner with about 15 other people. It was a celebration meal of Mexican dishes prepared by a couple of the men with Hispanic roots. A couple of the guys had their children visiting. The TV was on, and no surprise, the Mariners were losing. We were celebrating the pending graduation of two of the men at the May 22nd Anniversary Gala, and all the blessings that God had brought into the lives of the men. A casual passerby looking through the window would have (incorrectly) concluded that it was just a normal family gathering; because for these men, such gatherings in the past were far from how we define normal. Several had been in gangs, all used drugs and alcohol, some sold drugs for a living, and violence frequently marked such events. Yet, because of God’s grace, here we were just hanging out enjoying the fellowship. The thought crossed my mind-it just doesn’t get any more rewarding than this. I wasn’t present when he said it, but about a week later one of the guys was asked by a group of high school students if he missed and longed for the drugs. His response was NO: he had God in his life now. Such wisdom from a 20 year old. I am so incredibly proud of these men, as I am of the women, who will be presented at the celebration on May 22nd. I just want to encourage you to attend and see what a wonderful ministry God has allowed all of us to be in-

Contact Us 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, ext. 105 Violet Hofman-Volunteers/Vision Clinic Manager (360) 709-9725, ext. 104 Jeff Marchell-Evening Supervisor (360) 709-9725, ext. 105

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Mariassa Rojas-Medical Clinic Manager (360) 357-6505, ext. 119

Loren Steffen,

Dental Line (360) 943-6400, ext. 100 Medical Line (360) 357-6505, ext. 119

Executive Director

Upcoming Mission Events

Mission Hours Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot Meals, M-F, 6 a.m., Noon, 5:30 p.m. Saturday Brunch, 10 a.m. to Noon Sunday, 8 a.m. and Noon Church, 9 a.m. Hot Showers, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Daily Mission Phone (360) 709-9725 Mission Fax (360) 570-8848 Dental Line (360) 943-6400 Medical Line (360) 357-6505

15 Year Anniversary Gala Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m. St. Martins University Worthington Center Tours available by appointment

Annual Volunteer Picnic Saturday, August 28 Kenney Dell Park, Pioneer Shelter 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2010 Dental Clinic Benefit Concert

And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:5

Current Mission Needs The Kitchen is in need of MEAT, especially beef, #10 cans of vegetables, dairy products in large sizes, COFFEE, creamer and sugar, Foil, Saran Wrap, and plastic food service gloves. We are also in need of replacement flatware, including knives, forks, and spoons, (metal, NOT plastic). Dental is in need of SOFT toothbrushes and flouride toothpaste.

Kudos and thanks go out to youth from Church of Living Water for the recent face lift to our Life Transformation Center. Over 40 youth signed up for the church’s annual spring break Mission’s Encounter, which normally would have taken the kids to San Diego or Mexico. This time around, Youth Leaders decided to help the kids learn about Mission opportunities in their own community, so for three days in March, 40 youth split their time between the Mission, Thurston County Food Bank, and Salvation Army. Here, they took on the painting of our day center. “I was ready to give back to my community, show God’s love to our county and just serve,” said student Devany Lemar. “It’s been fun. We’ve met a lot of people. I didn’t know that places like this (Mission) existed. You can pretty much get whatever you need here,” said Lemar, adding that for her, the stereotype of the kind of people that need the Mission was completely wrong. “If you want to see, come on down. Everyone has been so grateful and happy we’re here. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but if you come here, you’ll see people who are just like you”, she said. If you have a group interested in coordinating a special project for the Mission, contact Tim Langan at (360) 709-9725.

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

Please Pray for Our Smoking Cessation Students! One offshoot ministry of the Mission’s no-fee dental clinic is a smoking cessation class for men and women. Some of those seeking help to stop smoking come from our Life Transformation programs, while others are dental patients receiving ongoing oral hygiene care. The reasons people start smoking is as varied as the colors in a rainbow, but the end result is usually an addiction that compromises their health and the health of those around them. The addictive power of nicotine is so strong, it can feel impossible to break, but with proper education and physical support, God can do amazing things in the lives of those we serve. Printed below are some reasons to quit smoking which are examples of the kind of information class participants receive.

The cost of a pack of cigarettes increases almost yearly. In 2002 you were able to get a pack of smokes for a mere $4.50, now with increasing taxes you will be paying almost double that amount at about $8.00 per pack. Most smokers smoke about a pack a day. If you do the math, the costs will add up rather quickly.

Facts About Smoking -There are more than 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette. More than sixty of these are known to cause cancer. -Tobacco makes your teeth yellow and gives you bad breath. -Tobacco can cause cancer in the throat and larynx.

$8 x 7 days = $56.00 weekly $56 x 4 = $224.00 monthly $224 x 12 = $2688 yearly

-Tar builds up in your lungs and causes cancer.

As you can tell, the costs of buying those packs of cigarettes are not cheap at all. If you continue to do the math, you will see the cost will increase to almost $134,000 over the typical life span of an average smoker (55 years). By John Durham

-Smoking increases risk of cancer of the bladder, kidney, pancreas, stomach and reproductive organs.

(former smoker)

From “I Want to Quit Smoking, So Help Me God”, by Judy Murphy Simpson If you live for a cigarette, could it be that God is jealous? The Bible says that He wants to be the only God to whom His people turn for comfort, strength, inspiraton and joy. Does your cigarette drown out God, who says, “Turn to me when you are afraid and lonely? . . . Consider that when you say yes to cigarettes, you may be saying no to God.”

-Smoking is a major cause of bronchitis and emphsema.

-Nicotine makes your heart beat faster, then slower, making you depressed. -Smoking can cause vision problems and hearing loss. -Smoking reduces oxygen to the blood and brain causing muscle weakness, and early wrinkles. -Smoking can lead to heart attacks and strokes. -Cigarette smoke can stain fingernails and damage clothing, furniture, interior walls, and other permeable objects. -Secondhand cigarette smoke can cause breathing and other health problems for children and animals. -Smoking during pregnancy can cause harm to your unborn child.

Vision Clinic Update Vision Clinic Manager, Violet Hofman, would like to thank the Olympia Host Lions Club for their support of our clinic. “In March of 2010, I became a member of the Olympia Host Lion’s Club. I thoroughly enjoy my Tuesday lunches with the other members, and I have learned so much from the special speakers that come to share at the meetings. Thank you Lion’s for accepting me as a member.” Violet Hofman, Vision Clinic Mgr.

Hello! My name is Marci Barton. I need glasses to see and can’t function without them. I don’t have health insurance, and when my glasses broke, I tried taping them. A supporter of OUGM told me about the Vision Clinic and Violet made it easy for me to make and keep my appointment. My new glasses help me see, and I love how they look. Thank You Everyone!

How To Handle Pan Handlers Have you ever been in the situation where you were stopped at an intersection, or walking down a public sidewalk, only to be approached by someone begging for money? The issue is not whether or not they truly need the money; the issue is the manner in which they are seeking to meet their financial needs. Giving money to those begging on the streets or sidewalks encourages them to continue this behavior and does nothing to minister to their need to build work skills, or receive mental health counseling. In addition, there are a growing number of “begging rings”. These are groups that are formed to “work” certain intersections or neighborhoods by changing locations with each other at regular intervals. They share resources and can make a good living by pan handling. Another trend happening in the “begging industry” is the use of mentally handicapped or other vulnerable adults, and also runaway teens, who are being “pimped” out by controllers who use fear and intimidation to keep them begging, and then take most of the money they earn for themselves. While not the usual reason you see someone begging in Thurston County, it is becoming a world wide problem, along with human trafficking. (Continued on back page)

Community Christian Academy Students Hold Successful Food Drive

Students from Sandra Dennis’ third grade glass at Community Christian Academy provided the leadership for a school wide food drive in March that brought in hundreds of pounds of food to the Mission. “It’s awesome to see these school kids get so involved in helping to care for the homeless. I wish all schools could do what this one does,” said Cody Howard, OUGM’s Kitchen Manager. While at the Mission, students received a complete tour, then sang a song and recited a Bible verse to dayroom visitors. A special THANK YOU! to Batdorf & Bronson from Cody and the Mission for their continued donations of coffe to our Life Transformation Center. The Mission serves three hot meals M-F, a Saturday brunch, and two meals on Sunday. Meal volunteers are always needed, so if you have a group that would like to get involved, contact Cody at 709-9725. Thank you also to listener supported Christian Radio Station, KACS, for their support of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, through their spring friend raiser. This month, KACS will host its annual spring fund drive and will share proceeds with the Mission. We are grateful for their Christ centered music and teaching ministry, and for airing supportive messages and press releases on behalf of the Mission. You can become a KACS supporter at

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT Meet Teresa Anderson, Volunteer Receptionist and Office Aid For Mission Office Staff, Teresa Anderson is a God send. Brimming with passion for rescue work and an unquenchable sense of humor, Teresa is always just a phone call away whenever the Mission needs her. And it doesn’t hurt that she lives directly across the street. She began her volunteer career here in the OUGM kitchen, coming early in the mornings to help make breakfast for Mission clients. Over time, she transitioned into a pinch hitting receptionist and office aid, and during newsletter mailings, an energetic stuffer. “Our newsletter mailings wouldn’t be the same without her. She keeps us laughing so we don’t run out of steam,” said Director of Development, Virginia Schnabel. A four year veteran volunteer at OUGM, Teresa also has a long term history of working with homeless and at risk youth and children, and says her own life history includes enough personal suffering to be used as a script for a soap opera, even though she’s been a Christian all of her life. “I got a kooky sense of humor because my kids and I decided to laugh at life instead of cry,” she said, adding that her favorite song is ‘Through It All’. “Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God”: Teresa quotes the lyrics with the conviction of someone who truly believes in their message, and who has a hidden strength that only she and her savior can fully understand. As a Mission receptionist, Teresa often has the opportunity to offer support and help to others and says that’s her favorite part about volunteering. “One time an elderly woman wanted to bring a donation to the Mission but was afraid. I told her not to be afraid and that I was an older woman and felt perfectly safe here. I like reassuring people,” said Teresa, who has worked in all kinds of environments, including a ghetto and a remote Alaskan fishing village. About volunteering at the Mission Teresa says she keeps coming because it’s so much fun. “It isn’t about what I give, but what I get out of my time here,” she said, adding “try it, you’ll like it.” We thank Teresa and so many others who volunteer their time and talents to help those in need. OUGM couldn’t operate without you-each one of you is a BLESSING!

Marla Root, Director of our Women’s Life Transformation Program, would like to acknowlege and thank the following for their recent support of our women: Izzy’s Pizza for providing a complimentary lunch to women in the Life Transformation Alumni Support Group. Men’s Breakfast team from Westwood Baptist Church for cleaning gutters and roofs at Genesis Acres on March 13th. Amee Rexford and her “crew” for planting flowers at Genesis Acres, and for helping our women plant hanging flower baskets for their car ports.

Howdy Pardner! You are our PARTNERS in Ministry and we want you at our 2010 Volunteer Roundup! So save the Date for OUGM’s Annual Volunteer Picnic Saturday, August 28 11 to 4 p.m. Black Lake Kenny Dell Park Pioneer Shelter Join us for: FOOD, FUN, FELLOWSHIP & PRIZES Old Fashioned Western Barb-be-que Barrell Roping (no horses involved) Water Rodeo (for the kids,or kids at heart) Baseball Rodeo (team challenge)


The Mission is looking a bit greener now thanks to the efforts of Evan Lankford and his scouting buddies. Evan is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout, which is the highest honor he can achieve as a Boy Scout. Part of the process is selecting a community service project to direct and complete. Evan chose to provide the Mission with some new landscaping.

Thank you Evan!

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Pan Handlers Cont. So What Are Some Solutions? *Never offer someone on the streets whom you do not know money. If they cannot make money by begging on the streets, they will stop. Instead, seek to build a relationship with them by chatting with them, or buying them a meal and sitting with them while they eat it. Those who truly need your help won’t reject the offer.

Congratulations! You are the recipient of:

A FREE MEAL W/COFFEE! Courtesy of:

413 Franklin St. N E Olympia, W A 98501 No Expiration Date

*Report any suspicious begging activities to authorities to help prevent abuse of our most vulnerable populations. *Carry information about available Thurston County Resources with you, such as the meal cards pictured here. There is no reason for anyone in Thurston County to go hungry at this time. Call Lori at 709-9725 to get cards. *Support local organizations such as the Mission, Community Youth Services, Salvation Army, Safe Place and the Thurston County Food Bank who can provide those in need with food, shelter, spiritual, emotional, physical and educational support. Thurston County has the largest number of social service non-profits in the state, so help is usually just a phone call away. Be informed about local service providers and what they offer to those in need so you can direct those in need to the proper agencies.ies. *Pray for those who give of their time, talent and finances to care for the needy in our county. They benefit from the strength and emotional support your prayers can provide. *Find a local organization to volunteer time with. Most Thurston County non-profits and social service agencies rely on volunteers to keep programs operating. Even a few hours a week of volunteer time can make a huge impact on our community.

May 2010 Newsletter  

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

May 2010 Newsletter  

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