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Jim and Ken

homeless women and children

6 min read

Breaking the Generational Cycle TOGETHER

Stories of family dysfunction, neglect and abuse come to our doors every day. Many people are caught in generational cycles of sin and suffering,...

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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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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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The Five C's of Children's Recovery

 “Stay consistent in their lives, even when they’re the hardest to love.”

That, in a nutshell, is the key to caring for the children living with...

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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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A Long, Uphill Path for Moms in Recovery

By Kamee Bissell, former Counselor in Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall

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Many of the women who apply for our LIFE Recovery Program at Anna Ogden...

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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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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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11 min read

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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10 min read

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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4 min read

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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Youth and the Future of Ministry

By Ryan Brown, UGM Youth Outreach Director

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Three and a half years ago, I was called back to a place where God transformed my life: Spokane’s Union...

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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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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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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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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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Engaging the Community to Help Women and Children

This week, we are celebrating Debi Pauletto, the community relations coordinator at the Center for Women and Children. Debi has worked at UGM for 16...

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Relapse as Part of Recovery

Falling Down and Getting Back Up

By Darlene Willis, recovery resident at the UGM Center for Women & Children

“Life is not about how many times you...

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4 min read

Addicted to Men

Amanda’s struggle to overcome relationship addiction

Editor’s Note: We interviewed Amanda, 23, one year ago when she lived at the UGM Crisis Shelter...

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6 min read

Rescue: Meeting people in the messiest of messes

Editor's note, March 2017: Since this was posted in 2014, the Crisis Shelter has moved to a beautiful, larger facility at 1515 E Illinois. Anne is...

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3 min read

Sin's contribution to homelessness

It's impossible to talk about homelessness without mentioning sin.

By Rich Schaus, Director of the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women & Children

While it...

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6 min read

Ending generational dysfunction and giving recovery tools to children

MEET LORI BRADLEY

Children's Program Coordinator at Anna Ogden Hall

Who is “Lori Bradley” outside of her job?

Much the same as Lori Bradley in her...

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LIFE Recovery from a Child's Perspective

Editor's Note: Roxanne Jenkins graduated from the UGM LIFE Recovery program on June 17, 2014. In this short graduation speech, she turns the focus...

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