Living Loved

Are you familiar with the game Jenga? It’s a tall tower of blocks where each player attempts to remove one single block without toppling the tower. Of course, eventually the weakened structure crashes. When one of Robin’s teachers used a Jenga tower as an illustration of what had happened in her life, it made sense. Rather than building solidly block upon block, holes had been created through abuse and neglect until the structure of her life simply could not hold. Everything came crashing down. The teacher then asked Robin to draw a picture of what a whole, restored life would look like for them. Robin drew a slightly lopsided heart. She colored outside the lines because she wanted to remind herself that it wasn’t about being perfect. A strong vine, representing the presence of Christ in her life, wrapped securely around the heart, and flowers were beginning to bloom. Because, Robin said, life can be beautiful again.

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Binding up the Brokenhearted

“I believe what drives people to bad behavior, whether it’s addiction or abusive relationships or being abusers, is brokenness of heart. They harden their heart because it has been so broken and they can’t risk having it broken any more. So they become hard and cold or run to addiction, anything to escape that pain. I believe broken heartedness is behind everything that every woman who comes into Anna Ogden Hall faces.” – Chris Armstrong, Director of UGM Women’s Recovery.

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Take Action - Calling all Kids!

We’re hoping you’ll help to make someone’s day. Pull out the construction paper, scissors and glitter and create a Valentine for a man, woman or child in one of our shelters. Maybe include a favorite Bible verse about God’s love, a prayer or a short note of encouragement. You could even throw in a chocolate bar. Ask your mom or dad to deliver your creation to 1224 E Trent Avenue and we’ll make sure to pass it along to one of our guests. It’s sure to bring a smile and brighten someone’s day.

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It's My Niche

“They say when you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, you’re energized by it, not depleted. I love working at Anna Ogden Hall. It’s my niche,” said Jenny Edminster, a nurse practitioner who volunteers one afternoon a week in the Helping Hands Clinic.
“One of the things I love is that I see people who have hit bottom and are on the way up. They have encountered the love of God and left behind destructive patterns. They share their struggles in a very transparent way and know their need for God. And, they have hope, something so encouraging and life-giving in that.”
The UGM clinics are seeking additional medical professionals to volunteer a few hours each month. For more information, please contact Greg Barclay at 509-535-8510.

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Seeing Clearly

Pearle Vision Center bestowed a tremendous gift on residents of UGM and other homeless shelters this past holiday season. Owner Larry Breazeal, O.D., examined 69 patients (all in one day!) who were given free glasses as part of this annual event. Manager Jana Erickson coordinated ten volunteers and six staff members, all of whom treated patients with respect and kindness. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks were served. Devron Troutt, who has been without glasses for two years, said, “I’m super thankful to be able to see again.”

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Storytelling God-Style

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world” – the wizard Gandalf in master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale, The Hobbit.

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