Read what’s happening in the UGM community - residents, staff, volunteers.

We are bound together by our stories.

What Does It Take to Walk out of Homelessness and Addiction?

Jul 13, 2022 12:40:05 PM

Summer is a time of celebration at UGM. At the annual LIFE Recovery Commencement, we honor the most recent participants who have reached the end of the 16-month residential program and moved into housing of their own, employed and free of addiction. The miracle of life change is never more apparent than in this season of reflection. How do men and women end the harmful cycles that have kept them stuck, embrace healing and step into a new way of life?

Rose: Rising to the Challenge of Recovery

Jul 6, 2022 10:35:54 AM

Rose fell into addiction in her late twenties, and for the next 32 years, her life was defined by loss, loneliness and self-hatred. She had no idea how to set herself free.

Joy in the Darkness: How God Pursued Ruschell

Mar 16, 2022 9:42:36 AM

God was always at work in Ruschell's life - long before she acknowledged Him. At UGM, she received the gift of the Holy Spirit and let the Lord change her from the inside out.

The Great Pain Escape

Mar 3, 2022 1:08:47 PM

Is pain always bad? Must it be escaped at all costs? And is there a connection between the fear of feeling pain and the opioid crisis we now face? UGM's Barb Comito breaks down the topic.

The Drug Crisis: What’s it got to do with you and me?

Dec 3, 2021 7:57:56 AM

Marketing Director Barb Comito discusses the very human problem behind the drug crisis—what it has to do with homelessness and what it has to do with you and me.

UGM Crisis Shelter: A Safe Haven for Women

Oct 14, 2021 11:17:50 AM

UGM Resident Assistant Heather Pollock knows first-hand what it's like to check into a crisis shelter... and she knows what it's like to walk out, into a whole new life.

Ridiculed Schoolgirl to Heroin Addict: Johanna’s Story

Sep 8, 2021 1:56:22 PM

Johanna was bullied and ostracized as a child. As an adult, she discovered that people seemed to like her when she was drunk. One addiction led to another until she found herself living on the streets...

2020 Vision: Bear One Another’s Burdens

Oct 8, 2020 8:25:07 AM

UGM Marketing Director Barb Comito answers why UGM shelters maintain a high barrier.

The Gift of Talk Therapy for Homeless Men

Sep 30, 2020 3:44:39 PM

As a volunteer psychologist at UGM's Men's Shelter, Dr. Ed Schultze offers mental health counseling to a uniquely vulnerable population.

In Their Words: Two Men Share Their Stories of Recovery

Sep 2, 2020 3:28:56 PM

UGM Men's Shelter residents, Tyler and Mike, shared their stories of recovery at the recent LIFE Recovery phase promotion event.