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Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Learning about Grace and Truth

Nov 23, 2016 2:49:53 PM


Almost exactly two years ago, I came to Union Gospel Mission at a time when I was learning what felt like extremely hard (but extravagantly important) lessons. Lessons about God and about myself.

One Veteran's Journey to a Homeless Shelter

Nov 11, 2016 4:27:42 PM

Military service ran in Ben’s family. Growing up, he planned to follow suit. But first, he wanted to let loose. That's when his alcohol problem began.

Lose the Label: Performer

Nov 3, 2016 4:03:25 PM

He had the jobs, made the money, wore the nice clothes, had the stuff, but Eric Samuels never quite felt good enough.

Rachel: A Year Later

Sep 30, 2016 3:43:12 PM

Rachel graduated from UGM recovery this past June. We recently caught up with her to hear how her life has changed since first being featured on our billboards.

Lose the Label, See the Human.

Sep 9, 2016 4:26:10 PM

When I came to UGM a couple years ago, I didn’t know anything about homelessness. Except that it made me sort of uncomfortable.

Comforting with the Comfort She Received

Aug 24, 2016 5:11:58 PM

Looking at Kat today, you might not guess she was a guest at the Crisis Shelter less than three years ago.

Caring for People through Their Animals

Jul 15, 2016 2:19:51 PM

As a volunteer in UGM's veterinary clinic, Denise has discovered that caring for pets is actually a great way to care for people.

Celebrating Beauty from Pain

Jun 23, 2016 4:27:15 PM

The stories of the 33 men and women who graduated from UGM LIFE Recovery on Tuesday are diverse, but the common thread is pain.

Graduation Spotlight: Kat and Kanesha

Jun 16, 2016 4:57:12 PM

After rooming together at the Crisis Shelter, Kat and Kanesha have traveled the road of recovery side by side.

Graduation Spotlight: Wendy Ross

Jun 2, 2016 3:52:38 PM

Wendy committed to making her life better in UGM LIFE Recovery. She has a job, is setting boundaries in relationships, and graduates on June 21st.