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UGM Thrift Stores

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Generosity at UGM Thrift Stores

Laurie Johnson, “L.J.,” as she’s called at the UGM Thrift Store, is as dedicated a volunteer as they come. Over the years, she has volunteered with a...

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Ministry in a Thrift Store

Meet Jaclyn, Manager at the UGM Downtown Thrift Store

By Christy Zapata, UGM Volunteer

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Although she couldn't see it at the time, God had been...

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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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7 Reasons to Donate-Shop-Save at UGM Thrift Stores

 Who doesn’t love a good deal? And when you can get a good deal and impact lives at the same time…well, so much the better, right? At the Union...

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Lacey and Tiffany put out clothing for sale at the UGM Thrift Store

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Cleaning Out Your Closet, Changing Someone's Life

Of course, thrift stores are cool. Napoleon Dynamite and Macklemore told (and rapped) us that.

Thrift is also a smart and environmentally friendly...

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Following His Lead: Kristen

“Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4b

As assistant manager at the downtown UGM Thrift Store, Kristen Nitschke works...

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Shop for Everyone on Your List at UGM Thrift Stores

Meet Senior Elf Jackie, pictured here with one of her junior associates. Jackie loves to give gifts and knows how to do it on a budget. She's a...

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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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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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Lee Brown

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Lee Brown: Servant and all-around cool guy

By Merrily Brast, former Staff Writer

Looking at Lee Brown, you may not be shocked to discover he once played football professionally (although,...

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Robert Lindstrom in front of Thrift Store

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No Job, No Home

 

Talented, Hard-Working and Homeless

Editor's Note: While this blog post was written in 2014, we're happy to report that Robert is still employed at...

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UGM Motors: Brittany and Brooklyn get new wheels

Reliable transportation critical for single moms

Brittany Branch had a car when she started Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall – a 1988 Dodge...

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Good-bye, dear friend

Grace Peterson created a beautiful tapestry with her life, and the people of UGM – staff, residents and volunteers – are oh-so-grateful to have been...

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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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