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Jim and Ken

Center for Women and Children

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Healing from Addiction: Shanena's written testimony

Shanena (pronounced Shane-na) completed UGM Women's LIFE Recovery at the Center for Women and Children in Spring 2022 and recently reached out to...

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Valuable and Worthy: Debra’s Journey Toward Holistic Recovery

“For a couple years, I was running the streets. Had lost my job, my kids, my house, everything.”Although 2017 and 2018 were two of the hardest years...

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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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Connect and Be Changed

Guest post by Lynn Yount, former UGM writer.

 

Melissa Ashline has a lot of irons in the fire. She’s a nanny and a businesswoman and a mother of...

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Pepper

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The Heart of Stewardship: A UGM Partner Feature

Don "Pepper" and Midge Smock of Coeur d’Alene are humble leaders in the community, encouraging generosity out of their desire to see the gospel go...

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Clinton

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Empathy and Accountability: A Probation Officer’s Unique Partnership with UGM

Picture a man with a badge and a gun chaperoning women at a recovery center Valentine’s Day gala. Now, picture him in tears as he presents handmade...

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Meet Talia: Satisfied in Christ

Written and read by Talia, UGM Resident, at a phase promotion event, August 2021.

When I was a little girl, I would look out my window at night and...

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An Offering of Oil: When God Asks Imperfect People to Serve Imperfect People

Written by Lauren McCrea, Volunteer Mentor, UGM Center for Women & Children 

I just thought I was going in to buy a new pair of running shoes, but...

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Voices of Recovery: Beverly’s Testimony

Beverly Clark is enrolled in LIFE Recovery at the UGM Center for Women and Children. This is her testimony.

“Without a question, I was a loved child....

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Failure Is Not the End of Recovery

“I never fully surrendered.” Vickie Proctor finished UGM Women’s LIFE Recovery in 2019. She got a job, she moved out, she was honored at Commencement.

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Ending Self-Destruction: Sarah’s Story

Caution to the reader: This story contains references to abortion, prostitution and human trafficking. 

“Sarah, I really want to help you.”

Sometimes...

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Running on the Road to Recovery

What in the world do running and homelessness have to do with each other? You might be surprised.

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Renewing Her Mind

Before coming to the UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, Nikki Downs was in jail. Her infant son had been taken by Child Protective...

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The Bible gives us the truth that is able to transform from the inside out.

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Beyond Sobriety to Life Transformation

By Kirste Richards,  LIFE Recovery Intake Counselor, UGM Center for Women and Children

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One of the first things a woman hears when she comes to a...

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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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Restoring Children to a Healthy Home

By JoAnn Zajicek, Director, Center for Women and Children

Not yet two years old, the girl consistently wakes up with night terrors. She’s been in...

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House Mom to the Homeless and Broken

Teria Kelley is Resident Services Coordinator at the UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d'Alene. But in her own words, her job title is,...

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Stephanie and a few friends from the Center for Women and Children competed in Hoopfest together in 2017.

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Recovery from Abandonment

Stephanie sums up her childhood in just a few phrases: “A lot of broken promises, fighting, a lot of neglect, never being told I love you. No...

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Gratitude on the Recovery Journey

By Kirste Richards, UGM Counselor

Gratitude plays an important role in my ministry as a counselor at the UGM Center for Women and Children in...

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Jessie: A Fully Present Parent

Jessie’s 23-year drug and alcohol addiction had already cost her a son and a daughter, taken from her as babies. But she had managed to hang on to...

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UGM Core Value: God-dependence

By JoAnn Zajicek, Director at the Center for Women and Children

During monthly staff meetings at UGM's Center for Women and Children, team members...

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Uncommon Care: Part Two

The second part of an interview with Susan Pray, Administrative Assistant at the Center for Women and Children. You can read the first part of her...

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Uncommon Care: Part One

When you hear that Susan Pray is the “administrative assistant” at Coeur d’Alene’s Center for Women and Children, you may get the wrong idea. Sure,...

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Passing on Encouragement

Prior to entering into recovery at UGM, men and women undergo “pre-phase,” an evaluation time and trial period to discover whether LIFE Recovery is a...

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