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trauma

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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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The Great Pain Escape

Pain: physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

No healthy person enjoys pain. Its whole purpose is to signal that something is...

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The Gift of Talk Therapy for Homeless Men

Dr. Ed Schultze received his doctorate in psychology from Fuller Seminary and has been working in the field for about 50 years. He has worked...

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In Their Words: Two Men Share Their Stories of Recovery

Tyler and Mike recently spoke at UGM's phase promotion event, where they were honored for completing phase 4. 

"Just a few years ago I was lost and...

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God-Dependent Ministry: One Woman's Example

As much as we might like to have a sense of control, Union Gospel Mission is not in the business of gathering broken people, fixing them up, and...

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Jessie: Hatred Fueled by Trauma & Neglect

Jessie hated homeless people.

“I despised anyone who was living off the system. I blamed them for my life being hard. In a drunken rage, I threw...

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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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WHD Diane Crisis Shelter featured

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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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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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The Car Alarm in the Brain

We invited Dr. Mark Baird, a Whitworth University assistant professor and clinical psychologist who specializes in treating trauma, to speak about...

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Lupe Guadalupe (1)

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If “You’ll Never Amount to Anything,” Why Try?

My name is Guadalupe Granados. At 35 years of age, I feel like my life is just beginning. I’ve wasted so many years as a passive bystander,...

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Trauma and the Gospel

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The Gospel: The Heart of Trauma Recovery

We talked about trauma recovery and why it’s important for people like Jocelyne in July’s Mission News.

On one hand, it’s complicated: family...

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Kevin: “My life revolved around avoiding pain.”

“I ended up on the streets, homeless and literally sleeping outside, and UGM offered a place to stay. It’s better than not having a roof over your...

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Charity that works

The recent tension between the City of Spokane and Blessings Under the Bridge actually points to a positive bottom line: Spokane is an extremely...

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Trevor in Vocational Education

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Recovery and Vocational Education Go Hand in Hand

When trauma and schoolwork intersect

By Joel Brown, UGM Director of Ministries

It is 9:25 in the morning and Billy (named changed to protect privacy)...

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Trauma Recovery

This month on the Impact Blog, we’re looking at issues of the mind: sadness, depression, anxiety, mental illness, darkness vs. light. There’s a wide...

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How my dad’s recovery changed my life

Editor’s Note: Ashley and her dad, Chris Kent, were featured on the cover of the February 2014 Mission News. Chris was absent from Ashley’s life for...

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