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What I really needed

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“What I really needed…” Former Addicts Discuss the Choice to Change.

We know people need love. People need a safe community, connections to housing, medical care, and jobs. They need to know they’re not alone, they’re...

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What Does It Take to Walk out of Homelessness and Addiction?

Summer is a time of celebration at UGM. At the annual LIFE Recovery Commencement, we honor the most recent participants who have reached the end of...

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Rose: Rising to the Challenge of Recovery

“Drugs all day long. Meth.” Rose fell into addiction in her late twenties, and for the next 32 years, her life was defined by loss, loneliness and...

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Ruschell

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Joy in the Darkness: How God Pursued Ruschell

“I came here looking to get out of the desperation and the shame and the pit that I was in.”

For 46 years, Ruschell battled the abuse, addiction and...

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The Great Pain Escape

Pain: physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

No healthy person enjoys pain. Its whole purpose is to signal that something is...

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The Drug Crisis: What’s it got to do with you and me?

Opioids. Meth. Marijuana. Cocaine. Cartels. Addiction. Synthetics. Big money. Big pharma. Overdoses.

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UGM Crisis Shelter: A Safe Haven for Women

Written by Heather Pollock, UGM Women’s Recovery alumna and Crisis Shelter employee. 

Stories. Everyone has one. My story with Union Gospel Mission...

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Ridiculed Schoolgirl to Heroin Addict: Johanna’s Story

“I was brought up in a family of musicians and my dad was the smartest man I’ve ever known, a philosopher.”

Johanna is well spoken, educated and...

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2020 Vision: Bear One Another’s Burdens

“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2.

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The Gift of Talk Therapy for Homeless Men

Dr. Ed Schultze received his doctorate in psychology from Fuller Seminary and has been working in the field for about 50 years. He has worked...

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In Their Words: Two Men Share Their Stories of Recovery

Tyler and Mike recently spoke at UGM's phase promotion event, where they were honored for completing phase 4. 

"Just a few years ago I was lost and...

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God-Dependent Ministry: One Woman's Example

As much as we might like to have a sense of control, Union Gospel Mission is not in the business of gathering broken people, fixing them up, and...

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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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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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It Won’t Be Different This Time

Editor’s note: Mike Doggett, UGM’s Aftercare Manager, addressed the recovery participants at a recent phase-up celebration in UGM Women’s Recovery....

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Robert loves working at Berg for his business practicum. He hopes his path leads to working there full-time.

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Make His Path Straight

Robert Kollenborn, 56, walked out of Geiger Correctional Facility on September 17, 2017, and walked straight to the Union Gospel Mission Men’s...

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Katie: One Mom's Journey of Restoration

The December Mission News focused on one of the happiest by-products of recovery: children being reunited with their moms, and not merely being...

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One Veteran's Journey to a Homeless Shelter

Military service ran in Ben’s family. Growing up, he planned to follow suit. But first, he wanted to let loose.

“I moved to Arizona and I started...

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The Journey toward Recovery

Recently, five men completed the UGM LIFE Recovery program. Each came to the Mission broken and found healing. These men shared about their journeys...

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Comforting with the Comfort She Received

September 2018: This post was first published in August 2016. Since that time, the Crisis Shelter has moved to a new, much improved facility. (Yay!...

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Following His Lead: Kristen

“Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4b

As assistant manager at the downtown UGM Thrift Store, Kristen Nitschke works...

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The Fatal Attraction of Addiction

Editor’s note: If you’re like me, you can probably think of at least one habit you’ve tried to break that keeps resurfacing , leaving you frustrated....

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What Is Sexual Addiction?

By Dave Edwards, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Fantasy: The word conjures up all kinds of thoughts, feelings and images in one’s mind.

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Addiction Firsthand

The following is a firsthand account of addiction and recovery written by a former resident of Women's Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall. Jessaca finished...

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Lose the Label: Powerless

Always Numbing

JR Mills first started drinking at 14 with her mom who was an alcoholic. In high school, a friend offered her meth.

“I was addicted...

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