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I am no one's Savior.

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 5, 2018 5:17:05 PM

UGM Aftercare Manager Mike Doggett walks with residents as they transition out of our programs and back into society. He knows that if they can maintain their sobriety for 5 years, their chances of continuing in lifelong recovery are close to 85 percent. Sometimes, however, he has the discouraging job of facing repeated incidents of relapse.


"I keep fighting voices in my head that say I'm not enough" -Lauren Daigle.

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The Thrill of Hope to a Weary World

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Dec 6, 2017 4:20:21 PM

Pastor Danny Schulz of Sun City Church gave this talk to the staff at UGM for our Christmas party this morning. We were encouraged by it and wanted to share it with our donors and volunteers, as well, because you are our partners in this work. We truly could not do it without you, so Pastor Danny’s words apply to you. We pray you will be blessed by them.

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Thank You, God, for this Blood Clot

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Nov 30, 2017 1:34:16 PM

 Editor’s note: Our final post in our November mini-series on gratitude comes from Men’s Recovery Counselor Mike Sholtz, who is thankful for a medical issue that probably saved his life.

Attitude of Gratitude

By Mike Sholtz

 “As a gift of God, recovery is a miracle of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing that is to be received with an attitude of gratitude for God’s grace. Grace means unmerited favor. Every day you can measure whether you’re in recovery or not by your gratefulness.”  - Michael Dye, Genesis Process

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In Everything, Give Thanks

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Nov 14, 2017 4:18:55 PM

Thanks to Sonny, our wise and beloved staff pastor, for kicking off a mini-series about gratitude on the Impact Blog during this season of Thanksgiving! 

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Lessons from 10 Years Working With Homeless Men

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Nov 2, 2017 2:41:02 PM

The inimitable Dean Whisler just marked 10 years working at the UGM Men’s Shelter, where he’s now the Social Services Manager. We asked him a few questions about what his world is like.

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What You Should Know About Helping the Homeless

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 13, 2017 12:01:32 PM

Perhaps you saw one of our volunteers holding a sign that said #EndHomelessness or Homeless Human on World Homeless Day. And you’re wondering just how to go about ending homelessness or what it means to see someone on the street as human, not homeless.

First off, just reading this blog is a step in the right direction. You want to make a difference. That's step one.

Step two is less of a step really and more of a mindset. Be prepared to be discouraged, to see countless obstacles, and even to be overwhelmed by the need. Hold onto the power of one: One person performing one small act can make a difference. You're not called to solve homelessness, but you may very well be called to do one thing to help.

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Loving Women in Crisis: Karen Herford

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 6, 2017 4:25:57 PM

Karen Herford brings high energy and broad experience to her new role as volunteer coordinator at the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children. We asked her a few questions about her background and what it’s like to work with people in crisis.

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UGM Camp: The Gospel Sinks In

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 2, 2017 8:52:00 AM

In our last blog post from UGM Camp 2017, we’re reminded of one of the key ingredients for many of the life transformations we see at UGM: time. Healing deep emotional wounds, changing entrenched patterns of thinking, victory of truth over constantly repeated lies: In almost every case, these transformative processes take time.  Zarine’s changed heart is no less of a miracle because God is changing it slowly.  He is faithful to finish what he starts!

“God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” – Philippians 1:6, NCV


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Student Impact: Like Family

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Aug 23, 2017 10:11:40 AM

By Shatara Flowers, Student Impact Center resident intern


A year ago I would have never imagined I’d be in such a place, experiencing life in such unexpected and extraordinary ways with a team of people all running after the same thing. These same people today feel more like a family.

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UGM Camp: Love and Loyalty

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Aug 17, 2017 9:21:40 AM

By Danielle DePace, Youth Outreach Administrative Assistant


10-year-old Leo could be seen wandering by himself away from the rest of the campers, off in his own world. He seemed to be more interested in discovering new things around camp or investigating the bees on the lavender flowers outside of the chapel than he was interacting with his fellow campers or playing games. But instead of gaining a gaggle of new friends, Leo gained a big brother. 

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