June 2019

Lifelong Recovery

Jun 11, 2019 1:36:06 PM

Five years.

It takes five years actively pursuing recovery for an addict to have a strong chance (about 85%) of lifelong recovery.

Five years minus the length of our recovery program leaves a gap of at least three years in which our clients are most vulnerable to relapse.

That’s a gap we’re working to bridge. Just like the program, the transition back into society must consider the needs of the whole person – spiritual, social, emotional, mental and physical – to be sustainable.

 

Homelessness: Defining the Problem

Jun 11, 2019 1:35:45 PM

Homelessness is a symptom of much more complicated issues. When we ignore those deeper issues, we are actually making the problem worse.

Everyone Has Something to Offer

Jun 11, 2019 1:35:28 PM

PTA Performance, a center for physical therapy, training and sports skill development, partners with UGM to provide job training for business practicum participants.

March 2019

A Resurrection Story

Mar 14, 2019 10:09:22 AM

More than food, shelter or even the air we breathe, we need Jesus.

That’s why the gospel is the cornerstone of UGM, holding up everything we do and believe. Our need for Him unites UGM staff, residents, volunteers, and partners around the cross – and the empty tomb – of Jesus.

Resurrection (new life) is what makes UGM not just a well-meaning charitable organization but a Spirit-empowered partnership of believers and churches, sharing the good news with people trapped in spiritual poverty and death.

Charity  was one of those people.

 

Adopted into a Church Family

Mar 14, 2019 10:02:41 AM

Church connections are vital for ongoing recovery when residents transition out of UGM. The Body of Christ is a crucial resource when the old challenges resurface.

Stop the Lies

Mar 14, 2019 9:48:06 AM

“You will never amount to anything.” “You’re a failure.” When you’ve grown up hearing lies, you begin to believe them. But the most dangerous lies are not the ones we believe about ourselves; they’re the ones we believe about God

January 2019

Slideshow: Because of you, lives changed in 2018.

Jan 14, 2019 1:02:00 PM

Here are just a few of the partnerships that helped the homeless at UGM in 2018.

The Homeless Crisis in Downtown Spokane

Jan 14, 2019 1:01:59 PM

The past year has also brought concern over homelessness in downtown Spokane. But the solution isn't just to open more shelters, build more low-cost housing, or create more feeding programs.

November 2018

Homeless with Children

Nov 7, 2018 1:01:40 PM

“I can go without. But I will not let my daughter sleep on the streets.”

Kylee shows the desperation and resolve of a homeless mom with a three-year-old.

There are more people like Kylee than you might expect. Homeless families make up 41% of the homeless population nationwide, and UGM shelters about 113 women and 52 children every single night at three locations. Each has a unique story, but there are a few common threads that stand out: domestic violence, addiction, poverty, mental illness, and the tenacity with which any mother can fight for her kids.

Serving the Lord - and Enjoying It

Nov 7, 2018 12:50:23 PM

Jim Illback gives his valuable computer skills and quite a bit of his time to support UGM's ministries. He volunteers because he genuinely enjoys using those skills to serve the Lord.

The Great Light

Nov 7, 2018 12:35:06 PM

When discouragement comes, the only antidote is powerful truth. Not the pale sentiment of a Hallmark card, but the radical truth of Christmas and the coming of the Great Light that is Jesus.