June 2019

Lifelong Recovery

Jun 11, 2019 1:36:06 PM

Five years.

It takes five years actively pursuing recovery for an addict to have a strong chance (about 85%) of lifelong recovery.

Five years minus the length of our recovery program leaves a gap of at least three years in which our clients are most vulnerable to relapse.

That’s a gap we’re working to bridge. Just like the program, the transition back into society must consider the needs of the whole person – spiritual, social, emotional, mental and physical – to be sustainable.


Imparting Skills and Confidence

Jul 5, 2016 11:35:08 AM

As a volunteer job coach at UGM, Randy recognizes the importance of building confidence and preparing men to re-enter the workforce... Read More >

May 2016

Holistic Recovery

May 12, 2016 1:00:55 PM

Rather than outward conformity to a new set of behaviors, UGM LIFE Recovery is about transformation from the inside out. From building healthy relationships to dealing with unwanted thoughts and feelings to finding meaningful employment, recovery that lasts addresses the whole person.

The four men and women featured here want more than sobriety. They recognize the importance of addressing recovery in every area of their lives and plan to continue doing just that.

Offering True Friendship

May 12, 2016 12:15:42 PM

For nearly two years, the men and women in UGM recovery live in an uplifting community, and then, they must re-enter society... Read More >

Take Action: Become a Mentor

Jan 15, 2016 10:40:37 AM

With your help, UGM creates a strong community where people receive grace and feel accepted and loved... Learn More >

September 2014

I Was Angry

Sep 1, 2014 12:00:19 PM

“I was a negative, angry, violent, depressed individual.”

Dean Lynch, 45, came to the UGM Men’s Shelter on December 27, 2011 after losing his job, his truck, his apartment, his girlfriend…and his mind.

“I was having what I call violent episodes…I would snap, and I really wouldn’t know what I was doing at the time. Eventually, I would come out of it, like a tunnel vision where I would look around and see the devastation I had caused…I was scared I was going to kill somebody.”

Aftercare: Bill and Jan Traynor

Sep 1, 2013 11:53:20 AM

Bill and Jan Traynor were mentors before UGM had a mentor program. Several years ago they and other members from their church were serving Anna Ogden Hall

Volunteer Profile: Autumn Banks

Jul 1, 2012 12:00:49 PM

Volunteer Profile: Autumn Banks

A Graduation Story

Jun 1, 2012 12:00:44 PM

A Graduation Story

Christie at Life Center

Jan 1, 2012 11:00:12 AM

Christie at Life Center