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Lynn Yount, UGM Volunteer

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What Mary Knew

Christmas turns our thoughts to family, whether it’s kids getting into the “magic of the season” or the contemplation of a special baby laid in a manger.

Specifically, this is a time for moms to shine – or crumble. I’m not a mom, but I see heavy...

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Family of Origin and the Family of God

I wanted this article to tell a story about somebody else. That’s what I like to do.

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A Safe Place to Build a Brotherhood

Dirty. Drug addicted. Soup kitchen.

Those were descriptors Scott McCall had in mind about homeless shelters before his uncle helped persuade him to...

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First Steps to Real Change

A journey of 1,000 miles may begin with a single step, but it isn’t always easy to determine which direction that step should go. Michaelyn Hodges...

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Behind the Scenes: Meet UGM’s Longest Serving Board Member

As UGM turns 70 this year, we’re bringing out “both new things and old things,” as Jesus said in Matthew 13:52. Looking back on our history, we are...

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High-Impact Kids: Not Too Young to Make a Difference

Reaching children is key to breaking the cycle of homelessness. But even the best-intentioned adults don’t always succeed in connecting with kids...

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Meet UGM Ambassador Kristi Kinsinger

Getting involved at the Union Gospel Mission is easy - the hardest part is figuring out which of dozens of opportunities is the best fit for your...

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Working For Eternal Rewards

Feeding the hungry, sheltering the vulnerable and restoring people into the community through the gospel sounds like very admirable, spiritual work....

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Women's Recovery: Reflecting the God Who Sees

As UGM's  Women's Lead LIFE Recovery Counselor, Jana Ross helps dozens of women and children every week who are suffering from the effects of trauma,...

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Honoring Jerry Reese: An Authentic Man

Jerry Reese, Men’s Recovery Director at UGM, has a large stick mounted on his office wall. Underneath, there’s a plaque in Latin: “Lignum unum deum”...

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Behind the Scenes with Mary Beth Salisbury

 

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” – Proverbs 16:9, NLT

Mary Beth Salisbury’s upbringing could seem like it has a...

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Recovery: The Hardest Work

We use a lot of terms to describe the addiction recovery program at UGM: Christ-centered, holistic, long-term, deep-down healing, etc.

One word...

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The Greatest Stories Ever Towed

You may have noticed a recurring theme on the Impact Blog: Everybody who works at UGM is in ministry. Whether in maintenance, payroll, the kitchen or

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Recovery in the Kitchen

“As good stewards of the manifold grace of God, each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve one another.” – I Peter 4:10

Dale Fruin...

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The Real Poverty of Relationships

“I was King of the Park.”

From one point of view, Nicholas Walker had everything you might want: Prestige, respect, and power in his community. Not...

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3 Ways Student Impact Gives Kids a Family

“This is literally our home. And three times a week, we invite 12 to 20 high-schoolers in.”

That’s a succinct way to describe Impact Nights at the...

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Silenced by Anxiety, Freed in Recovery

Patty’s a self-described alcoholic. But sobriety isn’t what her recovery is all about.

It’s about finding a new way after long-held habits and ways...

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Learning Who God Really Is

“As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

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The Gospel and the Gathering

What does the Gospel have to do with the Gathering?

It’s a little harder to answer that question this year than in previous years, when UGM’s annual...

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Rooted in Love

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high...

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Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

 

“It’s not like I’m doing anything special, because I love it so much.”

Ask Jenny Gasperino why she volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission, and...

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A Firm Resolution to Be Softened

I’ve never been big on making new year’s resolutions.

It’s partly because of a general fear of failure with which I’ve struggled most of my life – I...

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The Five C's of Children's Recovery

 “Stay consistent in their lives, even when they’re the hardest to love.”

That, in a nutshell, is the key to caring for the children living with...

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Homeless and Nowhere to Be

 Kari had been walking for four days. Literally.

She wasn’t going anywhere. She didn’t need the exercise.

She was walking because her life had come...

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Five Tips from a Used Car Salesman

Caleb Unruh is not your typical used car salesman, for several reasons.

His background, for one: When it became clear that his initial dream of being...

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