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Honoring Jerry Reese: An Authentic Man

May 13, 2020 10:42:40 AM

Jerry Reese, Men’s Recovery Director at UGM, has a large stick mounted on his office wall. Underneath, there’s a plaque in Latin: “Lignum unum deum” – God’s poking stick.

These gifts from Men’s Recovery alumni represent Jerry’s knack for getting to the heart of issues: One of the men once called Jerry “the stick God uses to poke us,” and it stuck. It’s actually an honor, because as the men and Jerry both know, dealing with the unhealed wounds of the heart is where real recovery is found.

Jessie: Hatred Fueled by Trauma & Neglect

Apr 1, 2020 6:14:42 PM

Jessie's violent anger stemmed from a deep sense of neglect and could only be quelled by the profound gospel truth that he is loved by a good God.

Is Housing the Answer to Homelessness?

Jul 10, 2019 12:45:15 PM

Homelessness doesn't begin with a lack of housing. Most of the time, it begins with a lack of healthy relationships.

Long-Term Recovery: The Right Kind of Hungry

Jul 11, 2018 1:48:25 PM

In order to have lifelong recovery, you need to stay hungry for the things that sustain it. The moment you think you've arrived is the moment you're most vulnerable.

Three Portraits of Recovery

Aug 29, 2017 4:37:31 PM

Each person who comes into UGM recovery comes in broken. The program extends the love of Christ and brings his truth to bear on their brokenness.

Recovery: a story of brokenness and healing

Dec 19, 2014 3:34:50 PM

If we wrote our own stories, we'd probably leave out all the pain and suffering, but often, that's where the growth comes in. There is beauty in brokenness and recovery.