Feature article in a 1972 Parade magazine, highlighting the Mission’s foster care program.

In the mid-1960s, the Mission opens its first foster homes to minister to troubled and neglected youth. Ramsey County Judge Archie Gingold, an unwavering advocate for children and their families, approaches the Mission for help: “What the court needs is for the Christian community to provide some foster care...wholesome family units so [troubled youth] can have the experience of a family relationship and a Christian example.” The need is great, and outreach eventually expands to 18 foster and group homes. The Mission ultimately withdraws from foster care after Ramsey County requires that the Christian component of the ministry be removed.

Articles courtesy of the Union Gospel Mission.