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

We are bound together by our stories.

Renewing Her Mind

Mar 13, 2019 9:29:42 AM

Before coming to the UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, Nikki Downs was in jail. Her infant son had been taken by Child Protective Services, and her teenage daughter was living with her sister.

Today, Nikki is nearing completion of the LIFE Recovery Program, has both her children living with her and is doing her business practicum at the Kroc Center. She has been sober from alcohol for six years and clean from meth for 18 months.

Nikki speaks clearly about the reason for the change in her: “My personal relationship with the Lord and the fellowship with other people, but mainly, getting into the Word, reading what it says and applying it to my life. I find joy in that, and that’s very new.”

Beyond Sobriety to Life Transformation

Mar 6, 2019 11:50:15 AM

Life transformation must start from the inside. Sobriety, stable relationships and health are natural outgrowth of transformation, but it is much more than changes in behavior.

Partner Profiles: Volunteer Jenny Gasperino

Jan 17, 2019 9:08:05 AM

Jenny volunteers at the Crisis Shelter guest services desk. She is a loving, welcoming presence for women and children who come to UGM scared and vulnerable.

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.