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Crisis Shelter for Women and Children

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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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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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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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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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Trauma, Time, Trust: Helping Homeless Women

By Diane Hutton, Director, Crisis Shelter for Women and Children

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Women often come into the shelter for the first time very fearful, broken and...

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From Homeless to Hope Fountain

Kimmi (Halbrook) Lane arrived at the UGM Crisis Shelter nine and a half years ago as a guest. Little did she know it was the beginning of a journey...

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Homeless, Hopeless, Loved

Being homeless can make you physically dirty. Its harsh realities can dull your senses and thicken your skin. It can drive you to do things you swore...

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A Brief History of UGM, Part 2: 1987 to Present

Part 1 of the history of UGM covered our founding in 1951 through the retirement of Executive Director Harry Altmeyer in 1987. We pick up as his son...

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Dyann has escaped domestic violence and now loves to serve others.

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Dyann escaped domestic violence but had nowhere to go

Dyann was married to a man who abused her for five years. He hit her. He pushed her down stairs. At one point, she ended up in the emergency room...

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Christmas: The Power of God with Us

Christmas celebrates the arrival of Jesus, the Son of God clothed in humanity, on the earth. One of the most beautiful descriptions of that...

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Loving Women in Crisis: Karen Herford

Karen Herford brings high energy and broad experience to her new role as volunteer coordinator at the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. We asked...

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A Vessel for Jesus at the Crisis Shelter

Elizabeth Perricone is House Manager at the Union Gospel Mission Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. We asked her a few questions to hear about...

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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...

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The Crisis Shelter: Many Stories, One Home

Thousands of women and children have found solace at the Crisis Shelter since it opened in January 2007. They come from all walks of life. Some have...

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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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What Can Prayer Do in the Face of So Much Pain?

By Ron Hauenstein, Crisis Shelter volunteer

"What have we begun, when we pray like this? What have we done?

Can we ever know – what seeds we sow,...

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A Better Home for Women and Children in Crisis

The Face of Homelessness 

Let's play a word association game. I say "homeless." Quick. What picture comes to mind?

Did you picture a man? A panhandler

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Graduation Spotlight: Kat and Kanesha

Upcoming graduates Kat and Kanesha met at the Crisis Shelter.

Before coming to UGM, Kat looked to material things – money, houses, cars – for her...

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A Heart for the Homeless

Rich Schaus has completed 13 years of ministry at the Union Gospel Mission. He served approximately 5 years at Anna Ogden Hall before being appointed...

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Two Hearts Full of Gratitude

The following two letters are from women staying at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children.

This first letter expresses gratitude toward all...

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Recovery and Regaining Confidence

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Sewing gave Glenda Gray confidence.

One year ago, Glenda was forming her own business sewing and selling tote bags....

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Having Someone to Love

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of...

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Business Bound: from crisis mode to self-sufficiency

Glenda's Journey

“My son had to literally peel my hands off the gate as I entered the Crisis Shelter,” says Glenda Bogart. “I was afraid and couldn’t...

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Homeless women: Who will believe in them?

Editor's Note: This is the first in a regular series, "The Crisis: a Troubling Reality." We will begin to examine and discuss the causes, conditions...

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