The atmosphere at Simonka Place, Carrie says, is more like a college dorm than a homeless shelter. “With the sisterly affections that we have and schooling with math, reading and writing, it’s a lot of fun.” Carrie’s two oldest sons recently told her they felt bad that she ended up in a shelter. “I told them that I’ve never felt so rich in my life. I have everything I need, plus I have God in my life. I’m really, really rich. It’s a wonderful place.”
Carrie looks forward to reuniting with her youngest daughter, now four years old, and raising her to know the Lord – something she wishes she had done with her older children. “I feel like I did my children a disservice by not having them immersed in God as they were growing up.” In fact, Carries is eager to share her faith and recovery with everyone she meets. “I want to find a way to spread the good news. I truly believe that if I can do it, anyone can do it!”
UGM Welcomes Mark Hunter to Staff
Union Gospel Mission Salem is pleased to welcome Mark Hunter as our Director of Development.
Hunter is a native of Arizona and a graduate of Arizona State University with an emphasis in nonprofit management. He and his wife, Renee, serve as members of Silver Creek Fellowship in Silverton, Oregon. Hunter has also served on a number of nonprofit boards and loves spending time with his family. At the center of Hunter’s desire to serve others is Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Hunter says, “It’s where I start my day each morning, seeking God’s will, learning of His good purpose and my role in it.”
Stories of Hope
by Jeanine Knight, Director of Programs