Read what’s happening in the UGM community - residents, staff, volunteers.

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Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

Jan 17, 2019 9:08:05 AM

 

“It’s not like I’m doing anything special, because I love it so much.”

Ask Jenny Gasperino why she volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission, and you’ll always get a humble answer like this. She calls her work at the Crisis Shelter for Women & Children part of her “addiction to UGM.”

I love to ‘love on’ broken women. I feel like I’m totally where I’m supposed to be.”

And while “addiction” might be too strong a word, it isn’t far off the truth. If she didn’t have other responsibilities, Jenny would be at the Crisis Shelter even more than three days a week. But she says she’s even grown in her roles as a wife and mother because of her time at the shelter.

She’s learned a lot about accountability, about boundaries. She’s also learned about God’s grace and how he’s created and blessed her in a unique way.

The Five C's of Children's Recovery

Dec 19, 2018 2:28:21 PM

Many children at UGM with their moms have been through chaos, trauma, neglect, abandonment, or even abuse. Here are five things they need in order to heal and restore their relationship with their parents.

Homeless and Nowhere to Be

Dec 11, 2018 2:36:47 PM

Homeless and hopeless, Kari needed a place to be: Be safe, be healthy, be warm, be wanted, be welcome. She found that and so much more at the Center for Women and Children.

A Long, Uphill Path for Moms in Recovery

Dec 5, 2018 12:24:56 PM

Moms who enter the UGM Recovery program at Anna Ogden Hall often have open cases with Child Protective Services. Staff like Kamee help them navigate all the requirements and successfully reunite with their children.

Restoring Children to a Healthy Home

Nov 28, 2018 8:39:00 AM

"How do I parent when I wasn’t parented well myself?" Director JoAnn Zajicek explains the challenges faced by moms in recovery at the Center for Women and Children.

Trauma, Time, Trust: Helping Homeless Women

Nov 21, 2018 11:30:05 AM

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.

House Mom to the Homeless and Broken

Nov 8, 2018 3:22:37 PM

Meet Teria Kelley, the "House Mom with 70 Kids." She's Resident Services Coordinator at the Center for Women and Children, which helps women and families break cycles of homelessness, abuse and addiction.

From Homeless to Hope Fountain

Oct 18, 2018 2:46:55 PM

Kimmi (Halbrook) Lane arrived at the UGM Crisis Shelter nine years ago as a guest. Little did she know it was the beginning of a journey that would lead her to help homeless women here at UGM.

Homeless, Hopeless, Loved

Sep 19, 2018 4:05:07 PM

When Amber lost custody of her daughters, she ended up hopeless and homeless. When she finally came to the Crisis Shelter, she found the love and encouragement she needed to reunite her family.

Christmas: The Power of God with Us

Dec 13, 2017 11:52:57 AM

At Christmas, remember Immanuel means God with us. God with frail, broken humans. God with anyone crying out to him. God with you. God with me. God with Enid.