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Barbara Comito, Marketing Director

Authenticity in Recovery

Apr 10, 2019 11:11:08 AM

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” – I John 1:8

We don’t talk much about sin on the UGM blog - mostly because we would never want to imply that people experiencing homelessness are any bigger sinners than the rest of us.

Still, sin plays a part in homelessness:

  • People experiencing homelessness have been sinned against through domestic violence, childhood abuse and neglect, bullying, etc.
  • Society as a whole has been marred by sin so that injustice exists and affects people’s lives on a daily basis.
  • Like every human being other than Jesus, people experiencing homelessness have sinned. Sometimes this sin manifests itself in addiction, turning to something or someone other than God to find ultimate comfort and significance. Sometimes it manifests itself in more common ways: pride, selfishness, lust, envy and self-righteousness.

Sin destroys the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the same ways it destroys all our lives: by separating us from God and his goodness, by damaging our relationships with other people and by damaging our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.

Make His Path Straight

Mar 27, 2019 4:52:20 PM

Robert is a new man. Hearing the gospel at UGM, his relationship with God has changed. His view of himself has changed, and his attitude toward other people has changed.

Renewing Her Mind

Mar 13, 2019 9:29:42 AM

Nikki didn’t change overnight. It has been 18 months of hard work, but she has seen continual, steady growth as she surrenders, waits on God, and invites the Holy Spirit to renew her mind through reading his Word.

Hospitality to Strangers

Feb 27, 2019 9:54:00 AM

As a result of their own suffering, Kris and Patti have highly sensitive radar to people in need. They are all about encouragement.

Overcoming Obstacles to Fight Homelessness

Feb 13, 2019 1:54:15 PM

What in the world do the Union Gospel Mission and an extreme Spartan race have in common? Jonathan Bonetti. He's motivated in his fitness goals by the chance to truly help the homeless people he sees downtown every day.

Recovery Changes People.

Jan 24, 2019 2:33:07 PM

Meet Community Engagement Coordinator Linda Cook and learn about her ambitious goal to enrich the lives of everyone who partners with UGM.

2019 Resolutions

Jan 8, 2019 2:27:47 PM

We asked UGM staff and residents to share words or verses they had chosen to guide their paths in the year ahead. Here's what they said.

Death and Christmas

Dec 28, 2018 2:56:53 PM

The author reflects on her dad's death at Christmastime and how the proximity of the two events informed and shaped her thoughts on both.

Gratitude by the Moment

Oct 25, 2018 4:59:36 PM

Of course I'm grateful for my many blessings. But do I live grateful days? Does gratitude characterize my thoughts, my words, my understanding of my everyday life?

Real people. Real change.

Sep 21, 2018 5:35:11 PM

The UGM 2018 fall campaign features real people who wanted to change their lives and found the way forward because people like you gave to make it possible.