Marked by History and Purpose


 

For over 75 years, the Gospel Mission has been working to meet the needs of the homeless in the Siouxland region.

 
1938

Our Founding

Henry and Edith Plumer founded the Mission in 1938. Its history has been lined with the faithful prayers, donations, and service of God’s people, and has resulted in changed lives for many who have walked through our doors. In the 1930’s, Henry Plumer became a new creation in Christ, and as he sought to share his new-found faith, he often found himself on skid row in Sioux City, proclaiming the Good News to those who shared a love for alcohol as he once did.  His love for these people led to the founding of the Gospel Mission in 1938, and for 23 years, he and his wife Edith ministered faithfully to those whose lives were empty and downtrodden.  Their dedication to their Lord and Savior, and the Lord’s grace to turn the down-troddens’ love for alcohol to a love for God, was the perfect start to the ministry originally known as the Sioux City Gospel Mission.
1961

Haaky Follows Henry’s Example

In 1961, Haakon Hoklin, best known as Haaky (pronounced “hockey” as in the ice game), and his wife Esther were called to fill the shoes of their retiring predecessors. Haaky had come to faith at the mission just five years before and had served as the assistant superintendent. The mentoring which had transpired in the previous five years was now sufficient to produce fruit with the Lord’s help. And for another 23 years, the Lord’s grace was abundant. And when called home to be with the Lord, Esther ably stepped in to steer this ark for salvation, ensuring the continued proclamation of the Good News within its doors through to her retirement in 1987.
1987

The Mission Extends Its Reach

With the relocation of the mission from lower 4th Street to West 8th Street, Harry and Darlene Walker answered the call to guide this life-saving ship. The Gospel call now expanded to radio, with the broadcast of the Saturday night service along with a morning show called Breakfast Gems. The outreach expanded in the food pantry and clothing room. Meals were provided to those who came through the doors, not just those who were residents. And the seed of the Gospel continued to find soil upon which fruit would be yielded. Jesus’ blood, shed on the cross, redeemed the lives of many who sought shelter, but found a Savior.
1995

Women & Children’s Shelter Comes to Fruition

When God called Harry and Darlene back to the pulpit ministry in 1995, James and Patsy Scallions came to fill the void. All of his forerunners had a deep love for the Savior and the guests that they served, and this essential trait was integral to the lives of the Scallions. Expansion of the ministry to include a women and children’s shelter finally came to fruition in 1999. And a thrift store opened just a few years later. The Gospel declaration now fell upon the ears of more than just the adult male guests, and opportunity for prayer occurred regularly in all three ministry facilities. But best of all, the Lord continued to change the lives of all who had ears to hear.
2016

Major Milestones

In 2006, with a city edict to move the mission to a new location, Harold Youtzy Jr. was called to continue the ministry of the mission. Having served for over a decade as the board president, he was well acquainted with the ministry and having been mentored by Harry Walker for this very position, he was humbled to accept the call. The move, in 2009, from West 8th Street to Bluff Street, brought a change to its name, taken from the sign affixed to the building while on lower 4th Street, The Gospel Mission. The location now provides a campus environment, with all facilities within a block and a half. We know that change is constant, except for our God who changest not! And the Word of God which was central to this ministry at its founding, remains at its very core, for this is The Gospel Mission.

Meet Our Team



Harold Youtzy Jr.

Pastor / Executive Director

Pastor Tim Hall

Chaplain

Kim Haggerty

Business Manager

David Delzell

Director of Partner Relations

Rev. Dayle Webbs

Director of Men’s Ministries

Steve Martin

Director of Development


Board Members


Larry Axlund

Bill Bouwman

Marge Delzell – Treasurer

Marlys Dose

Thomas Fitch – President

Gregg Gesche

Marla Groeneweg


Duane Vander Plas
Paul Mahaffie

Bob Jensen

Clyde Pritchett – Secretary

Richard Salem – Vice President

Hubert Schuller – Emeritus
Billy Oyadare

Newsletter


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Frequently Asked Questions

We presently have two facilities, one that serves men and another, which serves women and children. The ministry aim is the same for both – to re-instate our clientele back into society through sharing the Gospel and allowing the Lord to change their hearts.
While the public sees our primary ministry as providing three meals and a bed for the night, we attempt to provide life-skills training to assist those who come through our doors. Additionally, we provide food assistance as well as give away clothing and household goods to those in need.
The most recent statistics show that there are more than 700 homeless individuals in Woodbury County alone.
Yes, in 2015 we served nearly 100,000 meals and over 11,000 came to our food pantry for help. Food donations of over $650,000 were a significant factor to provide these services. Additionally, over $900 per week in clothing, home furnishings, and miscellaneous items were given away to those in need from donations we received at our thrift store.
No. The Mission receives all of its support from individuals and other private sources of funding. Additionally, we do not accept funding from casinos or beer and alcohol distributors.
The Gospel Mission is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). We are not a church or denomination. We are not affiliated with Goodwill Industries, the Soup Kitchen or Center for Siouxland.
The Gospel Mission has a 15-member board of directors, which provides oversight of the operations of the Mission. Additionally, a yearly financial audit is performed to verify that all accounting practices are being followed to ensure financial accountability of all gifts received. Our most recent auditor’s report indicates that less than 10% of our financial donations are used for administrative and overhead costs. We strive to be good stewards of all donations and utilize them wisely to provide the services of our mission.
We elicit support from churches to conduct gospel services (we have a service each night of the year), participate in volunteer activities (working in our warehouse, sorting clothes, performing outdoor jobs), and assist in serving meals.

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