Dallas, TX – December 5, 2019   Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Dallas was a flurry of activity over the Thanksgiving weekend as volunteers came out in large numbers to remind the homeless of Dallas that they are important, that others care about their well being and that there is hope for a better tomorrow. The residents at UGM Dallas Calvert Place Men’s Shelter received special encouragement as XFL Dallas and former NFL players had the opportunity to speak to the group encouraging them to “stay driven and reload” while keeping their faith in God strong. Players who spoke to the group included Akin Ayodele, #51 for the Dallas Cowboys, La Terrence Dunbar, whose daughter came to hear her dad, and Romby Bryant, former Canadian and NFL player. Click to View Photos

Former NFL Player and Super Bowl Champion, Isaiah Stanback, and former NFL scout, Bob Morris, led the players as they served lunch and shared stories with the men of their highs and lows during their football careers. There were smiles all around as the volunteers and shelter residents truly shared in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. Click to Watch Video

“The support we received from XFL Dallas and all our volunteers was a great way to kick off the holiday season,” stated Bruce Butler, CEO of UGM Dallas. ” Between battling the weather and the loneliness, the holidays are a hard time physically and emotionally for the homeless community. If your family, your business associates or your church would like to share in the season of giving, we can always use volunteers and donations.”

For more information on UGM Dallas, please visit www.ugmdallas.org 

About UGM Dallas

Established in 1949, Union Gospel Mission Dallas (the Mission) has been restoring lives through the word of Jesus Christ.  This faith-based nonprofit organization supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness with shelter, food and clothing, as well as a Discipleship and recovery program, vocational job training and development, state-licensed child care services, medical care, transportation, substance abuse prevention, and transitional and permanent housing.

In 2018, the Mission assisted individuals in Dallas County by providing more than 188,026 nights of shelter and serving 582,433 meals.  UGM Dallas also houses 181 veterans in our men’s shelter each month who were previously homeless.  Forty-five percent of the clients who received services from UGM Dallas were first-time clients.  These men, women and children represent the living, breathing embodiment of the grace of change, and the Mission is committed to doing everything possible to transform lives to end homelessness one person at a time.