Staying the Course

Clifford Ellenwood said not much has changed since he appeared in the January 2009 issue of this newsletter, but that, in and of itself, is huge. Clifford, who graduated from the Mission’s recovery program in 2008, has been clean and sober for 6.5 years – four times as long as any other stretch in his adult life. He has worked for the same employer, Mario & Sons, Inc., as a stone cutter for 5 years, taught the 2nd through 6th graders on Wednesday nights at Zion Christian Center and volunteered at the YMCA Teen Center for 5 years. He’s met weekly with the same small group of guys at the Mission for, you guessed it, five years. Finally, Clifford has been a dad to Jordan Marie, 8, and Gabriella, 10, for five years. (Clifford first learned he had a daughter shortly before graduating in 2008. He has been actively involved in her and her sister’s life since that time.)

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UGM Volunteers Rock!

We wanted to give all our volunteers one giant collective hug, but we settled for a party. Here are just two of the amazing people who give so generously of their time and energy to this ministry and were honored back in June.

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Giving Back

I was in a jam. I needed some last-minute changes to a PowerPoint presentation, and it was after hours so all the tech-savvy staff had gone home. Kevin Frank, who graduated in June from the Men’s Recovery Program, came to my rescue. Together we made quite a few changes in the presentation, and I was able to tell the Mission’s story in style. A few days later when I saw Kevin, he thanked me . . . for having faith in him, for trusting him to do the work.

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Volunteer Profile: Leslie Barta

Leslie Barta is an example of volunteering at its best: She’s doing meaningful ministry (which uses her skill set and about which she is passionate) to provide a valuable service to people in need while preserving the Mission’s resources. Everybody wins, especially the women with whom she works.

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Contributing Members of Society

Since the implementation of the new grace-based recovery model at the Union Gospel Mission, 74% of graduates remain actively engaged in ongoing recovery. Below is a glimpse into the lives of just a few of these God-dependent, contributing members of society.

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