At the UGM Thrift Store in Spokane Valley, you'll find more than bargains on high-quality clothing and housewares. You'll find the friendly faces of people who are thankful for the chance to do honest work. Dusty is one of those people.
After a 14-year struggle with drug addiction, Dusty's best intentions to get off drugs and earn a living weren't going to get far without a little help. "I had to apply for so many jobs ... I had to mark that I was a felon, so when you have a huge stack of applicants, why would you pick this one? I just needed a chance. I just needed them to meet me. I just needed to convince them that I could do this, and the UGM did that for me."
The emotional and psychological scars are not immediately visible, but they're just as real as the bruises. Helping homeless women and children takes time, consistent love and support, a commitment to building trust.