Restoring Children to a Healthy Home

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Nov 28, 2018 8:39:00 AM

By JoAnn Zajicek, Director, Center for Women and Children

Not yet two years old, the girl consistently wakes up with night terrors. She’s been in three foster homes since birth. 

An 11-year-old boy stomps down the corridors with clenched fists, barely looking up. When he does, his young eyes are defiant and angry, clearly indicating a distrust of adults. Much of his early life was spent living under a dilapidated bridge and begging money for his mother.

A petite three-year-old, desperately craving attention and security from a father figure, continually runs up to male staff, clutching their trousers in hopes of being swooped into their arms.

These are just a few examples of the children we see at the Union Gospel Mission’s Center for Women and Children. They come from hurting homes. They’re too young to understand, but not too young to be hurt and impacted by the choices of others.

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Jessie: A Fully Present Parent

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 16, 2016 2:36:37 PM

Jessie’s 23-year drug and alcohol addiction had already cost her a son and a daughter, taken from her as babies. But she had managed to hang on to 2-year-old Caleb amid the chaos that was her life.

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Camp Reflection: Kids Like Us

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 2, 2016 4:57:28 PM

UGM Camp is over for the summer, but it's worth ruminating on those marvelous eight weeks a little longer. (Unfortunately, the last week of camp was cancelled due to wild fires in the area.)

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Shelter Life...A Child's Perspective

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest May 17, 2016 3:39:29 PM

By Ellen Presley, former House Manager at the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children

They brush their teeth, do their homework, eat dinner, do chores, and play just like any other kid. The only difference...they're living in a homeless shelter.

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Sharing Jesus with Children

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Sep 15, 2015 3:22:00 PM


Volunteer Michaelyn Hodges has a heart for sharing Jesus with the children coming to UGM. She recently answered some of our questions and explained why she decided to volunteer and what she enjoys about it. Here's

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LIFE Recovery from a Child's Perspective

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 20, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Editor's Note: Roxanne Jenkins graduated from the UGM LIFE Recovery program on June 17, 2014. In this short graduation speech, she turns the focus from the impact the program had on her to the impact it had on her children.

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Addiction: Broken Families Raise Broken Children

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Feb 27, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Recovery Kid-Style

Of the 386 guests staying at UGM's four shelters on a recent evening, 99 of them were children. Not only do these children need safe shelter, food and stability, they need to experience the love and power of the gospel every bit as much as our adult guests.

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