Climbing out of homelessness: Five men conquer drugs and Mount Rainier

Climbing out of homelessness: Five men conquer drugs and Mount Rainier
July 1, 2015 Gina Haines

A team of five homeless men from Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) climbed Mount Rainier this month, achieving a goal they had hardly imagined for themselves.

A few days after their Aug. 13 ascent to the peak, the triumphant group gathered around a table in the empty mission dining room with Mike Johnson, the UGM special projects director who led the men’s training and roped up with them for the climb. “Mike Johnson, he had a vision, and I became a part of it,” said Marcus Jackson, who got involved early. But Jackson had misgivings. “I’m 58 years old. Could I do it?”

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