God's Heart/Your Hands

On May 31, UGM held a special Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Lincoln Center. While the primary purpose was to say thanks, we also wanted the volunteers to see the big picture of what they’re helping to make possible.

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Daughters of the King

Debi Pauletto, Community Relations Director at the UGM Center for Women & Children in Coeur d’Alene, teaches a class on the beauty of being a woman. In this cross between a charm course and an in-depth study of our identity in Christ, Debi goes over etiquette, modesty and table manners and unveils the woman described in Proverbs 31. She wanted to end the class with a special celebration that would give the women an opportunity to practice what they had learned, so she contacted Spokane Country Club Chef Frank Comito. Frank sees food as an expression of God’s grace and was excited to lavish that grace on these women in abundance. He served the ladies a five-course meal, featuring filet mignon for the main course and a palate cleanser of raspberry sorbet with balsamic vinegar and yellow beet syrup.

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Afternoon of Hope Luncheon

Approximately 240 people attended the 1st Annual Afternoon of Hope Luncheon at the UGM Center for Women & Children in Coeur d’Alene to learn more about UGM’s approach to recovery and the breadth of services available. A delightful basket lunch was provided by Connie Spurlock and Crew, and the Honorable John T. Mitchell spoke about the role trauma plays in addiction and criminal behavior: "Unless the underlying trauma is addressed, all we do is treat and re-treat a woman's addiction." More than $20,000 was raised toward providing an all-around health and wellness program for residents.

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Take Action: Clothe Yourselves with Compassion

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Out of the Ashes

By Phil Altmeyer
Executive Director

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Starla: Ashes to Beauty

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