Climbing Out of Homelessness With Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission

Climbing Out of Homelessness With Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
August 1, 2015 Gina Haines

If you appreciate metaphors, they’re everywhere in the Union Gospel Mission’s annual Mount Rainier climb. Now in its fourth year, the program takes 16 homeless men enrolled in UGM’s addiction-recovery program to Rainier’s summit. And from August 7 to 10, former Army Ranger Mike Johnson, who as UGM’s director of special projects spearheaded the program, will aim to get four more to the top—along with, for the first time in the program’s brief history, two climbers from UGM’s addiction-recovery program for women.

“We have to start pretty gently. We have a lot of guys who haven’t been good to themselves.”
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