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Barbara Comito, former marketing director

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10 Things You Should Know About the UGM Crisis Shelter

The UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children is approaching its 13th anniversary in January. While the surroundings have changed dramatically in the last few years, the heart is still the same: The UGM Crisis Shelter exists to welcome the hurting...

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UGM Core Value: Total Accountability

As we shared in an earlier blog post, UGM stresses the importance of individual accountability for staff and residents. In this post, we want to...

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The Blog Post You Don’t Want to Read

By Barbara Comito, UGM Marketing Director Who would ever read a blog post on Total Accountability? My staff said they wouldn’t. (So I changed the...

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Who Are the Poor?

This is the third part of a series by UGM Marketing Director Barbara Comito. So far in this series, we’ve pretty well established that God does...

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A Broken Hallelujah: What has Christmas to do with Suffering?

Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah. -Leonard Cohen By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing A young friend asked...

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What Does it Mean to Love the Poor?

In her last post, Barbara revisited what the Bible says about God's instruction for us to "love the poor." Here, she digs deeper into what that...

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Does God Call You to Love the Poor?

Editor's note: This is Part 1 in a three-part series about loving the poor. Part 2 explores the meaning of the word "love"in this context, and Part 3...

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Helen: From Homeless to Grateful

(Editor's note: The following article appeared in the Coeur d'Alene Press on November 26, 2016) Three years ago, Helen Webster, 60, was living on the...

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Stories within a Story

My title is Director of Marketing & Communications, but my job is telling stories. For almost nine years, in one way or another, I’ve been...

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I Resolve to Remember

By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing and Communications 2015 was a rough year for me and my family. My husband lost his job of 16 years due to a...

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Lose the Label: Chronically Homeless

Troy is a likable guy with a quick smile. He learned and remembered my name the first time I met him, and ever since then, if I pass him – even if...

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Lose the Label: Felon

By Barbara Comito, UGM Director of Marketing & Communications For most of his 49 years, Keith Kautzman had a pattern of behavior: Whenever difficulty...

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Homelessness: It's About People

Editor's Note: This blog post is part of a series on homelessness. Part 1 explained the magnitude and complexity of the problem. Part 2 was a story...

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Helping the Homeless: bad news first

Editor's Note: This blog post was first pubished on December 12, 2013 and has been thoroughly updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. It's part...

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More than Soup: feeding the hungry

The Union Gospel Mission serves more than 900 meals a day at its four shelters, and if you’ve ever visited during meal time, you know we’re not...

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Lose the Label

By Barbara Comito, UGM Director of Marketing & Communications In early summer, the UGM Marketing & Communications team (two graphic designers, a...

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How to Prevent Relapse

Alcohol has dominated Jill Connor's life for the better part of 15 years. She has been through five separate treatment centers, but her sobriety...

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Relapse. Relapse. Relapse.

Editor's Note: Jill lost her battle with alcoholism on August 28, 2018. Relapse on Repeat By Barbara Comito, UGM Director of Marketing &...

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Recovering from a Broken Heart

When Jill was 36, her 10-year-old son died of leukemia. Four years later, her mom died of cancer. The grief threatened to swallow Jill whole.

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I Didn't Have a Job

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

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I was invited to a homeless party.

You are too. By Barbara Comito, UGM Director of Marketing I am SOOO not a party girl. My idea of a great time is a hot bath with a detective mystery....

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I Resolve to Wrestle

My One Word: Wrestle By Barbara Comito, UGM Director of Marketing For the past several years, rather than make a list of New Years' resolultions,...

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When you donate to UGM, where does your money go?

Frequently Asked Questions: How will my donation be used? By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing & Communications When we asked the volunteers who...

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The Hells Angels and the UGM Crisis Shelter are neighbors.

The Softer Side of the Hells Angels By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing & Communications The Hells Angels may have an image problem. Personally,...

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