One Veteran's Journey to a Homeless Shelter

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer 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.

“I moved to Arizona and I started playing with some guys in a band. I was looking for crazy and I got it. It was partying every night, then dragging to work after three hours of sleep. It was fun in the beginning, but it just kinda got old.”

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Terminal Uniqueness

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 13, 2016 12:13:06 PM

By Mike Doggett, UGM Aftercare Manager

In 1994, I white knuckled it!

I was told that I had a drinking problem, and rather than accept this prognosis, I decided to show those around me that I was different than other alcoholics and addicts, that I could handle this myself. This attitude followed me to the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that I attended where I always compared myself to the others, looking for our differences rather than finding the similarities.

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Lose the Label: "Drunken Indian"

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 7, 2016 1:18:58 PM

By Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing & Communications

“All this time, I thought being an alcoholic was being Native American.

“We were always called ‘drunken Indians,’ always labeled alcoholics.

“I was told I was going to be an alcoholic because I was Native American, because it was a generational curse or just in my blood, a cultural thing… I thought it was inevitable.”

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Homeless, Hopeless, and Alone

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jun 17, 2015 4:52:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“I thought it was me, all by myself. I’ve got to do everything, period. No help. And then, I walked through the east door.”

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The Alcohol Escape

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jun 12, 2015 4:32:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Always Running

“Running away…I did it in second grade, I did it in high school. Running away is just my coping mechanism.”

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Recovering from a Broken Heart

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jun 10, 2015 5:04:00 PM


When Jill was 36, her 10-year-old son died of leukemia.

Four years later, her mom died of cancer.

The grief threatened to swallow Jill whole.

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