Women's Auxiliary Goes to Camp

The ladies of Women’s Auxiliary have been huge supporters of Tshimakain Creek Camp. Over the years, they’ve provided a ski boat, awnings, paddle boats, barbecue grills, walkie-talkies, trailers, life jackets, sleeping bags, high-quality tubes for floating the river and much more. In July, they took a day trip to see the impact of their generosity. The women received an insider’s tour of the facilities – “It’s a beautiful, beautiful camp,” said Sandy Bridges of Berean Bible Church – but they also experienced something much deeper. “My heart was a little bit broken, and yet I was so blessed,” Sandy said.

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Dedication of the UGM Center for Women & Children in CDA

Over 300 people came to celebrate the dedication of the new Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene. Area mayors, county commissioners, pastors, law enforcement officials and civic leaders showed their support for UGM’s outreach to women and children in crisis. US Bank and Coeur d’Alene Mines presented checks for $145,000 and $50,000 respectively. Rebecca Bender, a resident of Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall in Spokane, shared how her life has been transformed by the program. She went from wanting to die, she said, to being excited about her future.

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A Little Goes a Long Way

We had a sod party last month to prepare for the opening of the new Center for Women and Children in Idaho. Lots of people showed up, and as they say, many hands made . . . well, lighter work. What would have been an overwhelming job for one or two people – laying 9,000 square feet of sod – went faster and was a whole lot more fun with a crowd.

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Making Old Things New

“My exterior has nothing to do with my heart.” 
Zachariah’s story is written in ink all over his body. His mom died when he was 12. The tear drop under his eye is for her. He never knew his dad. At 13, the gang became Zachariah’s family. The 1 and the 8 scrawled on top of his head mark him as a member of the 18th Street gang, a distinction he cannot easily escape. He’s been to prison three times for drugs, guns and stealing cars. “Sinful nature” is inscribed in fancy script on the left side of his head, and on his forearm, a little blue devil stands on a bed of skulls.

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