History of Union Gospel Mission of Salem

By qburke
  • The Beginning . . .

    The Beginning . . .
    UGM Salem is founded by a group of Christian business men and begins serving its first meals to the homeless and needy. George Simonka serves as the first Executive Director.
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    History of UGM Salem

  • New Building

    A building is acquired, which over the years will be expanded and remodeled and is the present day location for the men’s ministry.
  • Building for Women

    A facility is acquired to serve women and children – the first of its kind on the west coast.
  • Tom Zobel

    Upon George’s retirement, Tom Zobel becomes the second Executive Director.
  • New Store Location

    The Mission Store expands with a new location.
  • Women Services Expanded

    Services to women and children are expanded with a new facility in nearby Keizer, Oregon (the current Simonka Place).
  • Michael Rideout

    Michael Rideout becomes the third President/CEO. Michael brings extensive experience in addiction recovery, after-care and transitional services.
  • Dental Clinic Opens

    The Dental Clinic opens and begins providing free dental care to Mission clients.
  • Men's Transitional Housing Opens

    Grear Street Transitional Housing is established to provide safe, affordable housing for men as they leave the Men’s Mission and transition back into society.