I saw this quote on a reader board near the Mission recently, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work.” Read more >
Poor work history. Felony record. Long periods of unemployment. Addiction issues. Lack of education. No transportation. No appropriate work attire. No teeth.
There’s a good kind of tired. That kind where you’ve put in a full day of hard, physical work. You got dirty. You sweat . . . Read More >
Eight local business leaders recently participated in UGM’s Engage! work seminar on how to keep a job and earn a promotion. They spoke to... Read More >
See notes of thanks and amazement from UGM's Life Recovery program. God moved the mountains. God spoke to the heart of the people. God opened the door...
As part of her recovery, Dionne Varney needed to find a new career. Before coming to Anna Ogden Hall, she spent 14 years in the adult entertainment industry
“I believe what drives people to bad behavior, whether it’s addiction or abusive relationships or being abusers, is brokenness of heart. They harden their heart because it has been so broken and they can’t risk having it broken any more. So they become hard and cold or run to addiction, anything to escape that pain. I believe broken heartedness is behind everything that every woman who comes into Anna Ogden Hall faces.” – Chris Armstrong, Director of UGM Women’s Recovery.
“My exterior has nothing to do with my heart.”
Zachariah’s story is written in ink all over his body. His mom died when he was 12. The tear drop under his eye is for her. He never knew his dad. At 13, the gang became Zachariah’s family. The 1 and the 8 scrawled on top of his head mark him as a member of the 18th Street gang, a distinction he cannot easily escape. He’s been to prison three times for drugs, guns and stealing cars. “Sinful nature” is inscribed in fancy script on the left side of his head, and on his forearm, a little blue devil stands on a bed of skulls.