March 2022 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Loved by a Good God
“Why would God spend any time working on somebody like me with all the things I’ve done in my past?
… I lied, cheated, stole, just as bad as all those people I was saying I was not.” See how God pursued Dionne and convinced her of His unconditional love and affection. And see how His love transformed her life. 

The Ultimate Work
“Work is a good thing, and here at UGM, we see it as a significant step on the pathway out of homelessness... in this column, however, I want to make it clear that work is not the ultimate thing. Work is not what saves us…” 

Feeding Hungry Souls
“They are people with names, hearts, stories and souls that God loves.” Meet UGM chapel providers Nick Damascus and Eric Blauer. Through their passion for the gospel, God is reaching into broken lives, restoring dignity and offering His saving grace to homeless men hungry for change. 

March 2022

Loved by a Good God

Mar 15, 2022 3:15:28 PM

We are all so broken.

Sin breaks us, not just our relationship with God, but our relationships with each other and with ourselves. Sin even fights with sin. Greed and lust and pride wage war against each other. We live amidst all this sin and brokenness, and so, life is hard. We should not expect it to be otherwise. Still, God. God is the light in the darkness. The healer who binds what is broken. He doesn’t make life easy, but He is with us in all its terror and beauty. He is the one who heals us from the inside out, and that makes all the difference.

Dionne’s Story

“Why would God spend any time working on somebody like me with all the things I’ve done in my past? The lies and the mask…I want to say ‘mask,’ but it was more than that. It was the whole other person I was trying to be or that I portrayed myself to be because I lied, cheated, stole, just as bad as all those people I was saying I was not… God would never accept all these things out of a person. Why would He want to waste His time on me because there are so many better people in the world than me? Why would He love me?”

The Ultimate Work

Mar 15, 2022 3:10:53 PM

At UGM, we see work as a good thing, but it is not the ultimate thing. Work does not save us, Jesus does.

Feeding Hungry Souls

Mar 15, 2022 3:06:17 PM

Meet Nick Damascus and Pastor Eric Blauer who serve in different ways at the UGM Men's Shelter, but both offer the love and healing of Jesus to wounded souls.

January 2022

21 Ways You Made Real Change Possible in 2021

Jan 14, 2022 11:47:00 AM

1. You opened doors to gospel conversations which resulted in 35 baptisms, including Christina's. 


The Miracle of Selfless Giving

Jan 14, 2022 11:43:36 AM

Thank you for responding to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life to partner with us in ministry. Your selfless giving is producing miracles in the lives of our guests every day.

It’s a Together Thing

Jan 14, 2022 11:41:31 AM

We fell in love with the results of what UGM was accomplishing. It was such a blessing to read the newsletters and the different testimonies of the people as they were being helped. We loved that and we wanted to support it forever.

November 2021

Together for the Holidays

Nov 10, 2021 4:03:41 PM

JUST TWO YEARS AGO THIS CHRISTMAS, Sarah was in a dark place. She had sent her six-year-old daughter, Lylee, to live with her mom in Texas, and CPS had just taken Alize, her 6-month-old. “They literally ripped her from my arms,” Sarah told us. “It was like one of those scenes from the movies. You’re on your knees and you’re screaming, and then she was screaming. It was awful. It broke me.”

Bringing Us Home

Nov 10, 2021 3:43:56 PM

Phil Altmeyer relates God's desire to be in relationship with us to a mother's desire to be reconciled with her children.

Befriending the Stranger

Nov 10, 2021 3:43:08 PM

As a UGM volunteer providing chapel services, Reverend Riley Palmer comes in every eight weeks to share the gospel with his friends--his homeless friends.

September 2021

A Safe, Healing Community

Sep 8, 2021 12:33:25 PM

UGM is more than a shelter.

Deep at the root of everything we do—from creating a warm welcome to helping people heal, thrive and get back to work—lies the belief that every man, woman and child is created in the image of God with inherent dignity, beauty and worth. We believe each person is created with a unique purpose and that our job is to help them rediscover it.

Imago Dei - The Image of God

Sep 8, 2021 12:33:06 PM

Every individual is created in the image of God. What does that mean for how UGM welcomes guests and provides life changing care?