Before coming to the UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, Nikki Downs was in jail. Her infant son had been taken by Child Protective Services, and her teenage daughter was living with her sister.
Today, Nikki is nearing completion of the LIFE Recovery Program, has both her children living with her and is doing her business practicum at the Kroc Center. She has been sober from alcohol for six years and clean from meth for 18 months.
Nikki speaks clearly about the reason for the change in her: “My personal relationship with the Lord and the fellowship with other people, but mainly, getting into the Word, reading what it says and applying it to my life. I find joy in that, and that’s very new.”
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.
You can’t spend any amount of time around UGM without being changed by it. As a Volunteer, donor, or employee, partnering with UGM changes us as well as the people we serve. Our lives are being transformed.