Gratitude on the Recovery Journey

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Nov 21, 2017 4:16:34 PM

By Kirste Richards, UGM Counselor

Gratitude plays an important role in my ministry as a counselor at the UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene.  It is an important part of my personal life as I strive for excellence in meeting the needs of each individual woman God sends to the Center. And it is also an important part of what I have to offer to women who are seeking relief from suffering, freedom from bondage, and life transformation.  

Women come here to find a new way of life.  They are hoping to end the cycle of addiction, homelessness, and abuse for themselves and for their children. They are reaching out in hope of lasting change.

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Uncommon Care: Part One

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Apr 27, 2016 4:07:43 PM

When you hear that Susan Pray is the “administrative assistant” at Coeur d’Alene’s Center for Women and Children, you may get the wrong idea. Sure, she writes emails, answers phones, keeps paperwork organized – but her work is 100% ministry. She came to UGM to volunteer, but God took her heart for behind-the-scenes service and placed her at the hub of everything that goes on at the Center.

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From Anger to Depression to Attempted Suicide

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 20, 2015 10:28:43 AM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“My whole life, I was super angry, and I used to always think everybody would be better off without me.”

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Volunteer Profile: Biker Bob

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Feb 10, 2014 4:25:45 PM


“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner

Bob Peterson loves bikes. He rides them, fixes them, hunts for them at bargain prices, and gets excited about other people riding them, too.

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Meet Lenore

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Oct 14, 2013 11:59:00 AM

Lenore puts together the welcome baskets for new guests at the Center.

From my perspective, Lenore McDonald is a volunteer extraordinaire. She says it was only by an act of God that she came to serve at the Union Gospel Mission Center Women and Children in Coeur d'Alene.

After losing her job in July 2012, Lenore spent the following six months searching for a job, while juggling a strained marriage and a life in turmoil.

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Chantell: the Choice to Change

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 26, 2013 1:00:00 AM

“I was in the bottom of a tin can, and I couldn’t claw my way up. It was dark. It was dirty, and I didn’t feel any value. I felt unreachable.” - Chantell

Chantell grew up in chaos. Her parents were drug dealers and addicts. While they came and went from jail, she hopped between relatives.

“I felt very alone. I never felt loved. I never felt safe.” She ran away from home at 16, had her first child at 18 and immediately fell in love with the pain relievers prescribed after her delivery.

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Show me your ways

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 14, 2013 1:35:00 AM

On September 6, 2012, the UGM Center for Women & Children welcomed its first guests. One year later, the Center is home to 52 women and children and has residents engaged in all four phases of the LIFE Recovery program.

Last Friday, the Center held a phase promotion celebration to honor and encourage the women as they complete one phase and move on to the next.

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Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 13, 2013 2:13:00 PM

My teenage daughters told me the other day that they grew up thinking “hypocrite” was a bad word, akin to calling someone a curse word. Funny how our inner thoughts are conveyed without us realizing it. I don’t remember making a big deal of not calling someone a hypocrite, but truly, it’s probably the worst insult in my book and certainly the last name I would want to be called.

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The ripple effect

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jul 26, 2013 5:40:00 PM

When a woman makes the decision to commit to UGM's long-term Recovery, the impact of her decision is far reaching. That decision impacts her children, the school, and the whole community! As the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at the UGM Center for Women & Children in CDA, the daily testimonials surrounding my department are the smiles, laughter, and child-initiated singing!

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Ashes to Beauty

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jul 19, 2013 12:58:00 PM

A poem by Dani, pictured above, one of the residents at the UGM Center for Women & Children in Coeur d'Alene

       (Listen to Dani read "Ashes to Beauty." Dani - Full Poem)

I’m the man on the street corner asking you for dimes.

I’m the teen going to prison for doing all those crimes.

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