Our beliefs about God and His purposes shape how we serve the poor. UGM is here so people created in His image can experience real change in a safe, healing environment.
We believe no one was created for mere survival on the streets.
One of UGM’s priorities is creating an environment conducive to real change.
The Strandys wanted to really help the homeless, to offer hope for real change. So they took the time to get up close and personal.
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 is a symptom of much more complicated issues. When we ignore those deeper issues, we are actually making the problem worse.
PTA Performance, a center for physical therapy, training and sports skill development, partners with UGM to provide job training for business practicum participants.
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.
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.
“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
Here are just a few of the partnerships that helped the homeless at UGM in 2018.