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January 2017

Kindred Spirits

Jan 17, 2017 1:12:00 PM

Ann | Mentee

After 25 years working in social services, Ann was exhausted. Raising two sons by herself had taken its toll. After they moved out, she quit her job and found she was alone with a person she didn’t like - herself. “I just stopped ... believing that there was anything left for me to do. I was old and I was a burden.” Unhealed wounds from the past cropped up, dragging her self-worth even lower. She withdrew from friends and family, and her isolation fed a spiral into darkness.

“I was ready to die. I was more ready to die than I was to live.”

Caring for Women and Children

Jan 15, 2016 10:30:39 AM

After 33 years of service, Russ retired. He and his wife Reeta came to Spokane and devoted their lives to helping others... Read More >

December 2015

Rachel - Not a Party Girl

Dec 1, 2015 11:00:36 AM

IN HER PURSUIT OF PLEASURE, Rachel lost her joy.

Disillusioned with the church, she ran away from God and became disconnected from family.

“In the back of my mind, I cared about family, but I had such a negative view on what being a Christian was, I didn’t want to hear about how I needed to come to God.

“I backed away from trying to have a relationship because I knew I was doing things [my family] didn’t approve of. I cut myself off from them. I wouldn’t return their phone calls… I didn’t want to answer the questions they had for me, like about drinking or partying or about a relationship with God…I was too ashamed of myself.”

Volunteer: Michaelyn Hodges

Sep 1, 2015 11:30:27 AM

I’d learned a lot about Jesus, and I thought I’d try to be His hands and feet. I ask Jesus to give me His eyes to see the kids to love them... Read More >

April 2015

I Didn't Have a Job

Apr 1, 2015 12:00:06 PM

Poor work history. Felony record. Long periods of unemployment. Addiction issues. Lack of education. No transportation. No appropriate work attire. No teeth.

December 2014

We Were Abused

Dec 1, 2014 11:00:05 AM

And you welcomed us, protected us, helped us heal.


At first glance, Tiffany King appears very young, delicate...fragile even. But her appearance belies a core of inner strength. In reality, Tiffany, 26, has faced the worst life has to offer and been galvanized by it.

On Christmas Day 2012, Tiffany rushed her two-month-old daughter, Ellie, to the emergency room because she was having seizures. Tests, scans and x-rays revealed that Ellie had been shaken – on more than one occasion. The right and back sides of her brain were damaged.

December 2013

I Was Broken

Dec 1, 2013 11:00:40 AM

The assignment: Draw a picture representing the work of the Union Gospel Mission on a napkin. Like an elevator speech. Only quicker and more visual. (Try it yourself: What would you draw?)

From My Perspective

Oct 1, 2013 11:35:27 AM

As a District Judge I appreciate having a variety of options... The Center for Women & Children provides a great option for women offenders... Read More

Business Practicum: Hospitality

Sep 1, 2013 11:55:42 AM

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

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

Movie Night

Aug 1, 2013 12:20:31 PM

What could be more fun on a warm summer night than an outdoor movie? Jeremiah Johnson, one of the owners of The Shop in the Perry District of Spokane...