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Jim and Ken

Men's Shelter (2)

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Americorps Adventure

Next week,* Luke Hauflin, 21, will be headed off to Sacramento, California to join Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). For now, he...

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The New Paul

Paul folded his lanky frame into one of the red chairs in my small office. I sat in the other, our knees less than a foot apart. He was wearing a...

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Dear Beer: A good-bye letter

Editor’s Note: We found this letter in our parking lot. As you can see, it was an assignment – write a good-bye letter to your drug of choice. Dear...

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Time to grow up

Meet Johnny Montes – young, handsome, a high school drop-out, and the father of a 2-year-old little girl. Johnny, 20, came to the UGM Men’s Shelter...

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Back on track

Chase Montgomery with his mom, sister, brother and grandparents Chase Montgomery’s mom dropped him off at the UGM Men’s Shelter the day before his 19...

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Into the water

Paul Stankiewicz, who was featured on the cover of the August 2013 Mission News, was recently baptized in the Spokane River at Harry Altmeyer Park,...

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Real-world work

Robert Lewis turned to drugs and alcohol partly in response to frustrations in the work place. “My addiction came from always trying to be a...

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Hello, my name is . . .

One of the graduates began their speech last Tuesday night with these words from Matthew West's song: " Hello, my name is Child of the One True King...

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Off to Job Corps

UGM helps people with a wide variety of needs—everything from stretching the food budget through an occasional meal  to our long-term residential...

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Recovery: "Press into the work"

Do Not Fall Victim to Your Fears By Brent Watts, UGM Recovery Graduate Brent Watts, above, recently completed the first 4 phases of UGM's Recovery...

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Lost and Found: the Steve Viers Story

Steve Viers went through UGM Recovery and was hired as the chef at the UGM Men's Shelter. His story was told through the following video at the UGM...

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Mourning and Comfort

One of the men in UGM's Recovery program wrote the following about what he mourns: “I mourn for the fact that my children have not had the father...

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Blessed are those who mourn.

Editor’s Note: UGM’s theme for 2013 is taken from the prophecy regarding Christ’s work in Isaiah 61:1-3. We’ve been looking at how God accomplishes...

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Recovery: Freedom for the Captives

“He has sent me . . . to proclaim freedom for the captives,” Isaiah 61:1. At 11, Rowdy had his first run-in with the law. He stole a dirt bike....

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From stone to flesh

“My heart was hard, but now I have a new heart.”

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Victory in 2013

We are just coming off of a GREAT New Year’s Eve party that was “off the hook” with fun, food, gifts, games and a challenging message.  The food was...

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From Gang Banger to Responsible Father

Zachariah’s story is written in ink all over his body. His mom died when he was 12. The tear drop under his eye is for her. He never knew his dad. At...

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