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Recovery: You Can Be Sober and Still Be Miserable

By JoAnn Zajicek, Director of Women's Ministries

I started my journey with UGM 10 years ago. Hard to believe.

I vividly remember asking my supervisor at the time, “what type of women” I would be serving. Who were they? Where did they come from?...

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UGM Camp: 97 Hours Investing in Children

By Nathan Thiry, Growth Groups & Outreach Pastor at Faith Bible Church

What does God do during the 97 hours of UGM Camp? Each member of Faith who is...

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Meet Kids Who Experienced Life Change at UGM Camp

Guest post by Christa Inouye, former Youth Outreach staff member

 While transformation in Christ happens throughout a lifetime, UGM Camp provides an...

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The Love and Power of the Gospel

Guest post by UGM Staff Chaplain Sonny Westbrook, originally published March 15, 2016.

The celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ...

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Do You Want to Get Well?

Testimony written and read by Dawn Lange at a 2021 phase promotion event. 

 

As my DOC officer signs the papers to release me to treatment [a non-UGM...

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Meet Alexis: “I am Making Choices That Uplift Me”

Spoken by UGM resident Alexis at a phase celebration event, August 2021

“I spent the better part of ten years living for myself: existing in...

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Voices of Recovery: A Poem of Redemption

Written and performed by 2016 UGM LIFE Recovery alum Amanda Taylor

 

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"I'm Thankful for My Rocky Past": Thoughts on Gratitude from Shelter Guests

"I'm thankful for my rocky past, for it has brought me here today." Miranda, Resident, CdA Center for Women and Children (CWC) 

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"You Broke Down Our Biases": Nursing Students Share Experience at UGM Men's Shelter

Nursing Students Ruth and Madison came to UGM to give. They set up a medical station and provided free care and advice to guests at the Men's...

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Walking Away From Shame

Sermon preached on Sunday, October 4, 2020 by Reverend Claire Strunk at Communitas, Spokane.  

 

When I was 9, my family would swim at the YWCA. One...

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Total Surrender: A Requisite for Recovery

Spoken by Sarah Johnson at a 2020 phase promotion for UGM Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall.Good evening and thank you for coming tonight. I got a...

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UGM Core Value: Stewardship

By Dean Bitz, UGM Director of Finance and Operations

Stewardship is more than how we handle our money. We steward God’s Word, we steward his people,...

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Kellie: helping kids win at life

Kellie Ingram is the UGM Youth Outreach Program Coordinator. In this blog post, we asked her to explain a bit about what she does and why she does it.

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Standing in Unity

In honor of Black History Month, we’re turning the blog over to three men for whom we have tremendous respect.

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Ministry in a Thrift Store

Meet Jaclyn, Manager at the UGM Downtown Thrift Store

By Christy Zapata, UGM Volunteer

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Although she couldn't see it at the time, God had been...

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Meet Jessica, UGM Art Director

By Christy Zapata, UGM volunteer

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Although you may not know her face, you likely know her work. Meet Jessica, UGM Art Director. Jessica is the...

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We Need Each Other: The Cure for Loneliness

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” – Psalm 25:16

For decades, Debra was a self-described “functioning drunk,”...

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Relief vs. Development: Diagnosing Causes

Editor’s Note: Pastor John Repsold, whose downtown Spokane church Mosaic Fellowship includes ministry to people experiencing homelessness, presented...

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We Believe...

You may have seen a television commercial for UGM this fall that starts out, “We believe…” In these somewhat acrimonious times, amid heated debate...

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A Look Inside Men’s Recovery

By Christy Zapata, UGM volunteer 

A key component of the UGM’s approach to fighting homelessness is addiction recovery. The 20-month residential...

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UGM Auxiliary: Prayer, Presence and Projects

“From [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its...

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The Heart of Lifelong Recovery

By Mike Doggett, former Aftercare Manager

A little over 21 years ago, I consumed my last drink of alcohol and went on what has proved to be a very...

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