How UGM has changed me

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Feb 6, 2019 5:00:15 PM

"Change"  is one of UGM's distinctives. It defines our piece of the pie. We are here for people currently living in addiction or homelessness who are ready to change their lives, and we believe that life transformation is possible for everyone. But, make no mistake, it's not just the residents who are changing. Life transformation is happening across the ministry, in the lives of staff members as much as anyone else. Ask any of our employees how UGM has changed their lives, and we’re pretty sure they’ll respond with something along the lines of what our senior leadership and communications team share here.

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Real people. Real change.

Posted by Barbara Comito Sep 21, 2018 5:35:11 PM

On the surface, Mike, Debra, Justin and Samantha have seemingly nothing in common.

Justin was born in Chicago with alcohol and meth in his system. His parents were addicts.

Mike was born in rural Idaho. His father was a logger whom Mike adored.

Samantha barely knew her dad. He wasn't a nice guy and had very limited involvement in her life.

Debra's family life was so dysfunctional she never really learned how to relate to other people.

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One Week at UGM Camp

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest May 4, 2016 3:27:02 PM

"One week at camp can change a life."

We at UGM often use this phrase to describe the UGM Camp experience. We have the privilege of hearing about how kids really are impacted throughout the summer, and we believe camp really can have long-lasting effect on at-risk youth.

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The Chance to Start over

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Mar 20, 2015 3:40:06 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

At the beginning of 2013, Shannon Duval was sitting in a jail cell. She had lost her children, her job, her home and her car.  The truth, however, is that she was in prison long before she was arrested.

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The Resolution to Change

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jan 8, 2015 9:54:00 AM

By Merrily Brast, Former Staff Writer

Making ambitious resolutions is a New Year’s tradition for many of us. And while the end of January marks the end of those resolutions for many of us, UGM resident Tim O’Brien has chosen to stick to his on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

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"You healed what was broken in me."

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Dec 18, 2014 10:21:17 AM

An open letter to my first grandchild: Desiree Cathleen Maciel

By Ryan Brown

Today you turn 12.

You are amazing! So kind, smart, pretty and talented. Every time I'm around you I feel like I'm talking with a very deep soul. Full of hope, full of promise. I am so very, very proud of you. I know you have a lot of fun stories to tell and maybe even some sad ones. But on your 12th birthday, I want to share with you some things maybe you don't know, and how you have been such an important person for a very long time.

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Beyond Basketball

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Dec 12, 2014 3:48:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

“I lived 50 years for the world, for negativity. I’m living the rest of my life for the Lord. No matter what.”

David, a 6’11”, former professional basketball player and resident at the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter used to be prideful. After all, he was playing basketball professionally all around the world. 

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Changing Life One Choice at a Time

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Mar 6, 2014 9:06:56 AM

“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”― Sarah Ban Breathnach

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The Year in Review: How Did God Show His Love for the Poor in 2013?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Dec 31, 2013 3:49:00 PM

Last December, we took a look at the words “God with us” and launched our focus for the first half of 2013 on Isaiah 61:1-3. Those three verses paint a pretty good picture of what God is doing within the ministries of the Union Gospel Mission, and from January through July, we examined that work by taking a closer look at particular phrases one by one.

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