Author Archives: Maurice

UGM Opens New Crisis Shelter For Women And Children

The lack of adequate shelter beds in Spokane for women in crisis has been an on-going embarrassment for some time. Great article in The Spokesman-Review about the new women’s shelter opening up. Kudos to Union Gospel Mission for stepping up and making a significant investment toward resolving this problem. Unfortunately, as Phil Altmeyer (Executive Director at UGM) recently told me, even this won’t be enough. Read about it here.

Human Trafficking

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “My Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast of our weekly radio program is your opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes

Studio_ShotWelcome to another weekly “Radio Roundtable.” Our Roundtables air on Saturday mornings at 10:00AM on the 5 stations of the American Christian Network.  Find our full program schedule here!   All of our programs are also available as a FREE podcast subscription through  iTunes.

It’s a distasteful topic that most of us would probably prefer to avoid. But it’s our silence on the subject that gives this problem it’s power.  The theme of today’s program is Human Trafficking, and here to help us explore this uncomfortable topic are three people who are having an impact on this issue in our community. The first is Mabel Elsom, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator with Lutheran Community Services in Spokane, Mark Kadel, Director of World Relief Spokane, and Rich Schaus, Director of the Union Gospel Mission Women’s Crisis Shelter

Additional Resources:

The Long Night  a feature film by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm, gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.

The Polaris Project

The Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking in the Inland Northwest 

Creative Outreach

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “My Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast of our weekly radio program is your opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes

Studio_ShotWelcome to another weekly “Radio Roundtable.” Our Roundtables air on Saturday mornings at 10:00AM on the 5 stations of the American Christian Network.  Find our full program schedule here!   All of our programs are also available as a FREE podcast subscription through  iTunes.

How creative are you when it comes to reaching out beyond your own four walls and connecting with those in need in our community? The theme of today’s program is Creative Outreach, and here to help us think creatively are three creative people who are very active in outreach throughout our community. The first is Amanda Hepper, Director of Community Engagement at Life Center Foursquare Church on Government Way in Spokane. Next is Tiffany Riddle, Director of Vocational Advancement & Aftercare for Union Gospel Mission, and Rob Bryeson, Pastor at The Gathering House in the Garland District of Spokane.

Aditional Creative Outreach Resource: The Spokane Homeless Coalition

Next  Week’s Roundtable

Next week’s Roundtable is entitled Human Trafficking.  Join us then!