I was trapped.

You helped me find freedom.


Freedom. Stop for a moment and think about that word. What does it mean to you? Do you feel truly and deeply free? Have you ever felt the opposite – trapped? captive?

We asked about 20 men and women living in our shelters how they would describe freedom. Their answers varied widely. One guest at the Crisis Shelter for Women & Children described it like this: “To go and do what you wanna do, when you wanna do it, however you wanna do it, how long you wanna do it.”

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The Freedom to Say "No"

The interviews for this month’s cover story yielded some great insight on the subject of freedom. Particularly intriguing to me was how drastically residents’ definitions changed as they pursued recovery. Again and again, “before” definitions echoed this one from Kevin: “I thought freedom was being able to do what I wanted when I wanted and not being accountable to anybody but myself.” One of the big problems with that definition is that it’s not sustainable.

After doing what they wanted when they wanted for an extended period, residents realized they weren’t really free at all. They were in bondage – to shame, to addiction, to fear. They could not say “no” to drugs, to alcohol, to their own desires. An emptiness deep inside drove them, enslaved them.

Which brings us to the second problem with this common definition: It assumes that captivity always comes from an outside source – laws, rules, government, authority figures. And sometimes it does, but the biggest enemy of freedom often comes from within ourselves.

We are blessed to live in a country that values freedom. The first amendment to the Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom to express our grievances. I certainly don’t want to minimize those freedoms. They come at a high price, and I am extremely grateful.

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TAKE ACTION: become a UGM Intercessor

Prayer is a fantastic way to partner with the Union Gospel Mission in caring for the homeless…for SO MANY reasons:

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Sodexo Donates Camp Food

The old adage that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach has some truth to it. At Union Gospel Mission Camp, food becomes an important link in the effort to reach kids for Jesus.

Every week, the cooks prepare meals for somewhere between 100 and 120 campers and staff, logging over 4,000 meals in the first four weeks of camp alone.

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UGM Women's Auxiliary

Are you looking for a way to connect with UGM, make a difference and have fun fellowshipping with like-minded women? UGM Women’s Auxiliary may be the perfect fit.

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