Celebrating Christmas at the Union Gospel Mission - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Celebrating Christmas at the Union Gospel Mission

Posted: Updated:
Many at the Union Gospel Mission look at Christmas as just another day. Many at the Union Gospel Mission look at Christmas as just another day.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Families across the region woke up this morning to gift giving and family gatherings, but others did not. Many at the Union Gospel Mission woke up looking at Christmas day as just another day. In order to break this routine, every holiday the mission hosts a brunch, it's organized and run by volunteers and mission residents.

"If they've got no place to spend Christmas, a lot of them are living out on the streets," says Douglas Nieffenegger, a mission volunteer. "We try to take care of everybody.

The brunch saw people flooding in and out to get a holiday meal. Steve Johnson says this is the first holiday in a long time he's spent outside of a jail cell. He was released in early December and has been at the mission ever since.

"I'm doing good, and it's a really good place to live," says Johnson.

For Johnson, Christmas isn't about the gifts. There are, however, a few gifts he's happy to have this year.

"Just being free, clean and sober," says Johnson. "Looking at a bright future."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Exposed handlebar grip kills 6-year-old Pullman boy in bicycle crash

    Exposed handlebar grip kills 6-year-old Pullman boy in bicycle crash

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:13 AM EDT2018-08-15 06:13:21 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Six-year-old Denny Curran should be enjoying his last few days of summer before first grade. He should be teasing his brother, splashing in the pool, giving his parents a hard time about vegetables. Instead, Denny is dead, the victim of a horrific, freak bicycle accident that could happen to your child too. "Denny was an extraordinary child," his father Keith Curran told KHQ.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Six-year-old Denny Curran should be enjoying his last few days of summer before first grade. He should be teasing his brother, splashing in the pool, giving his parents a hard time about vegetables. Instead, Denny is dead, the victim of a horrific, freak bicycle accident that could happen to your child too. "Denny was an extraordinary child," his father Keith Curran told KHQ.

    >>
  • Police say possible bad batch of drugs hits Spokane

    Police say possible bad batch of drugs hits Spokane

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:25 AM EDT2018-08-16 06:25:12 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. It's been 24 hours of chaos for Spokane's police and fire departments. They have been running from call to call with reports of people walking in the middle of the street yelling at random people or at objects that don't exist. What Caused it? The Spokane Regional Health District is still struggling to find out "What we are hearing is that these individuals are demonstrating almost what would be what looks like a stimulant psychosis,"  said Doctor Bob...

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. It's been 24 hours of chaos for Spokane's police and fire departments. They have been running from call to call with reports of people walking in the middle of the street yelling at random people or at objects that don't exist. What Caused it? The Spokane Regional Health District is still struggling to find out "What we are hearing is that these individuals are demonstrating almost what would be what looks like a stimulant psychosis,"  said Doctor Bob...

    >>
  • SPD Reserve Officers set up bike sting that yields three arrests on drug and theft charges

    SPD Reserve Officers set up bike sting that yields three arrests on drug and theft charges

    Thursday, August 16 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-08-16 13:18:26 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department set up a bike sting in the Mission and Hamilton area on Wednesday in an effort to reduce property crime numbers and ended up making three arrests. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department set up a bike sting in the Mission and Hamilton area on Wednesday in an effort to reduce property crime numbers and ended up making three arrests.  The area has seen numerous calls for thefts, burglaries, drug calls and assaults recently, according to the Spokane Police Department and the sting operation was put together by SPD Reserve Officers wanting to do their part to curb crime in the community. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

    US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:50:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says officials are targeting wide swaths of land -  including cutting down small trees and underbrush and setting controlled fires - to reduce the frequency and severity of fires now burning across the western United States.  

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says officials are targeting wide swaths of land -  including cutting down small trees and underbrush and setting controlled fires - to reduce the frequency and severity of fires now burning across the western United States.  

    >>
  • Spokane Police arrest man after investigation of infant's death

    Spokane Police arrest man after investigation of infant's death

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:25:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested a man for homicide by abuse after an investigation of an infant’s death. The Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit investigation led to the arrest of 33-year-old Erik Sherman. On August 7th, an infant had been taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Despite medical efforts, the infant passed away. The lead Detective developed probable cause to arrest Sherman for homicide by abuse. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested a man for homicide by abuse after an investigation of an infant’s death. The Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit investigation led to the arrest of 33-year-old Erik Sherman. On August 7th, an infant had been taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Despite medical efforts, the infant passed away. The lead Detective developed probable cause to arrest Sherman for homicide by abuse. 

    >>
  • LimeBike bikeshare pilot program launching in Spokane on Sept. 4

    LimeBike bikeshare pilot program launching in Spokane on Sept. 4

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:16:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Bikeshare programs have become a popular way to get around many cities across the U.S. For a small rental fee, you can check out a bike or a scooter and cruise around town for short trips. Now, the Lilac City is getting in on the action by partnering with LimeBike for a two-month pilot program scheduled to start on September 4.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Bikeshare programs have become a popular way to get around many cities across the U.S. For a small rental fee, you can check out a bike or a scooter and cruise around town for short trips. Now, the Lilac City is getting in on the action by partnering with LimeBike for a two-month pilot program scheduled to start on September 4.

    >>