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History

Our History of Impact

Else Johnson and Esther Sawyer began the Lighthouse Mission on Heron and “F” Street in Aberdeen, in the early 1930’s. It was not long before the needs grew, and local area churches stepped in to help. The work was then named the Union Gospel Mission. Their intent was to feed and shelter the less fortunate and also share a better way of life.

The Union Gospel Mission then officially opened on January 24, 1938, at 500 East Heron in Aberdeen (now Zelasko Park). The Mission then moved to 405 East Heron in April, 1942, where the Mission remains today.

On opening day, two meals were served, and one man stayed overnight. Each day, local churches led Gospel services, coffee and stationery were given away, and ironing could be done. The first donation was five dollars.

During the last 77 years, we have seen many changes in the population we serve. Many years ago, the average client was a 50+ year old male. Now in the year 2015, we are seeing a younger male population (in their 30’s), as well as many more homeless women and children, homeless families, the mentally ill, and teens living on their own.  Each story is different as to how their homelessness happened, but we are thankful that we live in communities that help us continue to meet these needs.

From the Mission’s beginning as a soup kitchen, we have now transitioned into numerous services to meet the growing needs of the homeless and hurting.  A men’s mission, women and children’s shelter, clothing banks, furniture giveaway, showers – it all helps give each person a chance to get going again.

 

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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6654 Main Street
Wonderland, AK 45202
(513) 555-7856