What drives Ron Stice to teach the Bible to women in recovery is his love for Jesus. Ron has been teaching and involved in ministry for 46 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.
Many children in our shelters have experienced trauma in their short lives, and all of them need to know they are loved and cherished. Enter volunteer Ronnie.
Roberta, Kathi, and Ginger - lovingly referred to by the Center staff as the "faithful team" - earned their nickname because of their dedication to volunteering in the kitchen at the Center for Women and Children every Wednesday.
Throughout her life, LeAnna Vargas was repeatedly treated as though she had no value, and eventually, she began to believe she didn’t. Feeling increasingly unlovable, her heart began to harden toward love.
Child abuse, sexual assault, and her own drug addiction made LeAnna skeptical of ever finding acceptance.
“My whole life, I’ve just been running amok, searching for people to love me for myself, and I never knew that I could ever find that in anybody. I didn’t have love.”
Hurt and angry from what seemed a fruitless search, LeAnna put a guard up to protect herself. “I was mean, heartless, cold, deceitful.”
Heritage Health, a faithful partner to the Center’s medical clinic from day one, is now offering the specialized counseling services... Read More >
UGM could not do what it does without volunteers. We are deeply grateful for the rich variety of talents they bring to the ministry... Read More >
When Jack heard about the plans for a new UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, he funded the rescue side of the Center... Read More >
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.”
Poor work history. Felony record. Long periods of unemployment. Addiction issues. Lack of education. No transportation. No appropriate work attire. No teeth.