Brad and Stephanie Hunter own Caramel Kitchen. As business partners with UGM, they're helping single moms get back to work to support their families.
From homeless to housed. From abused to safe. From unemployed to working. From addicted to free. UGM believes anyone can have real change.
Just like recovery, transition back into society must consider the needs of the whole person: spiritual, social, emotional, mental and physical.
PTA Performance, a center for physical therapy, training and sports skill development, partners with UGM to provide job training for business practicum participants.
UGM is not just a well-meaning charitable organization but a Spirit-empowered partnership of believers and churches, sharing the good news with people trapped in spiritual poverty and death. Charity Mchaffie was one of those people.
Church connections are vital for ongoing recovery when residents transition out of UGM. The Body of Christ is a crucial resource when the old challenges resurface.
UGM shelters about 113 homeless women and 52 homeless children every single night. Each has a unique story, but there are a few common threads that stand out: domestic violence, addiction, poverty, mental illness, and the tenacity with which any mother can fight for her kids.
Jim Illback gives his valuable computer skills and quite a bit of his time to support UGM's ministries. He volunteers because he genuinely enjoys using those skills to serve the Lord.
When "country boy" Mike found himself homeless, living in his car in North Idaho, the thought of coming to the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane scared him, but the support and fellowship he found surprised and changed him.
The medical clinic serving homeless women and children at the new Crisis Shelter facility is a place of safety and healing in every sense.
Most of the people finishing the UGM LIFE Recovery Program this month experienced trauma as young children: Abuse. Neglect. Abandonment. Homelessness. These stories are hard to hear, but only by listening to the stories can we begin to understand how those wounds can be healed.