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Jim and Ken

Vocational Advancement

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Writing for Their Lives

Writing is one of the key subjects we work on in our Vocational Education classes. We want to prepare our residents to communicate well in their...

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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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Learning to Get Back up

By Joel Brown, Vocational Education Manger Recently, I began teaching my 7-year-old daughter how to ride a two-wheel bike.  She was extremely excited...

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Lose the Label: Not Enough

Growing up, Stefani Martin was bombarded with the message, "you are not enough." Not cool enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough. It didn’t take...

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A Lasting Legacy of Vocational Education

On Tuesday, October 20, UGM held an open house and dedication for the new DeRuwe Center, an annex to the Men’s Shelter and administration building....

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Lose the Label: Stupid

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jeff LeBlanc believed he was stupid. “I just couldn’t get stuff and nobody could tell me why other than that I’m...

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Joel.Voced.sm

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A Look into Vocational Advancement

Recovery from addiction takes healing the whole person. Joel Brown works in Vocational Advancement helping men heal both mentally and emotionally. He...

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College and Career Dreams Restored

Roxanne and Doreen Roxanne and Doreen are bright, articulate women whose lives got off track. “In high school,” Roxanne said, “I just wanted to be a...

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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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Write it out

I thought this day would never come. Recently, I interviewed for my business practicum at The Spokesman Review. As I sat in the human resource...

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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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Robert Miller - Columbia Medical

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Back to work

Robert Miller, medical records at Columbia Medical One in Ten: Odds that a person who has been out of work for more than 27 weeks will find a job...

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UGM's Working Ambassadors

It's hard to break the cycle of homelessness if you can't get a job. In UGM's Vocational Advancement department, staff work with residents to create...

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