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Is Housing the Answer to Homelessness?

Has America misdiagnosed the problem of homelessness? In her article “Does Poverty Cause Homelessness?” Marchauna Rodgers argues that we have. She...

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Young Fatherhood, Pain and Recovery: Eric’s Story

Eric Blackman was trying to live the party life. Alcohol, drugs and carefree days shaped his mid-twenties through early-thirties.

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Is Housing the Answer to Homelessness?

In her article “Does Poverty Cause Homelessness?” Marchauna Rodgers argued that the United States has misdiagnosed the problem of homelessness,...

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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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Family Breakdown: Restoring a Damaged Masterpiece

By Sonny Westbrook, Director of Ministries

All of God’s ways are perfect.  One of His ways for life on planet Earth was to create the family unit. 

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Elizabeth: Conformity vs. Transformation

If you hang around UGM for any time at all, you’ll hear talk of the difference between “checking the boxes” and pursuing real life change. Even when...

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It Started at UGM Camp

As a young kid, Zola lived with her mom, homeless in Compton, surrounded by an environment of drugs and prostitution.

“I remember one time, because...

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Keeping good company

By Lynn Swanbom Yount, UGM Volunteer

“It was hard for me to stay here because I didn't really like staying indoors … What made me really stay here...

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What I Know

Editor's note: This month, Phil Altmeyer is celebrating 30 years at the helm of the Union Gospel Mission. During his tenure, the organization has...

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Reunited: Mother and Daughter Recover Together

“I felt like she chose the alcohol over me.”

Nicki Willis spent much of her life watching her mom, Darlene, sink into alcoholism.

“I didn’t talk to...

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Encouragement Empowers

By Phil Altmeyer, Executive Director

“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with...

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Christmas Shopping that Helps the Homeless

By Merrily Brast, former Staff Writer

“Try it on! Try it on!” As each of 20 cousins, aunts, and uncles from Tiffany Riddle’s family opened their...

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UGM Core Values: A Balanced Life

Bootcamp, Veggies and a Balanced Life

By Jessica Morgan, UGM Lead Graphic Designer

As a mother of three small children who works outside the home 40...

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