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

We are bound together by our stories.

Is Housing the Answer to Homelessness?

Jul 20, 2022 1:16:32 PM

Has America misdiagnosed the problem of homelessness? In her article “Does Poverty Cause Homelessness?” Marchauna Rodgers argues that we have. She says the error is that we've equated it with a lack of resources, or specifically one resource—a home. As a result of that misdiagnosis, she claims, government programs and social services have focused on addressing symptoms rather than root causes.

It’s easy to see how we went astray. It’s right there in the word: home-less-ness. If someone is home-less, it would seem we could rectify that situation by providing the thing s/he is lacking.

The Polarizing Topic of Homelessness [and the hot spot in the middle]

May 27, 2022 2:16:16 PM

Never has there been a more critical time to educate yourself on the subject of homelessness in our region. Dive in, learn and get involved.

Radical Hospitality: Food as Grace

Nov 4, 2021 9:15:11 AM

UGM is in the hospitality business, welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry and sharing God’s love. See how our kitchens manage to serve hundreds of guests food and grace daily.

Business Owners vs. the Unhoused: A False Dichotomy

Oct 7, 2021 10:35:40 AM

A false narrative is being promoted that pits two groups against each other on the subject of homelessness in Spokane. UGM's Barb Comito reveals a truth that unifies our city.

Ridiculed Schoolgirl to Heroin Addict: Johanna’s Story

Sep 8, 2021 1:56:22 PM

Johanna was bullied and ostracized as a child. As an adult, she discovered that people seemed to like her when she was drunk. One addiction led to another until she found herself living on the streets...

The Government Agrees: "Housing First" isn't Working

Feb 4, 2021 11:53:20 AM

In the fall of 2020, while the news media was focused on the pandemic and the presidential election, a significant report was quietly released...

Winning Essay: What I Wish People Knew About Homelessness

Dec 10, 2020 1:06:00 PM

We asked homeless men at our Shelter to tell us what they wished people knew about homelessness. Their essays astounded us.

The Gift of Talk Therapy for Homeless Men

Sep 30, 2020 3:44:39 PM

As a volunteer psychologist at UGM's Men's Shelter, Dr. Ed Schultze offers mental health counseling to a uniquely vulnerable population.

What Causes Homelessness? (It Isn't Always Addiction)

Sep 24, 2020 4:30:36 PM

Homelessness isn't a choice healthy people make. It's also not a choice that only addicts make. Asking how a person became homeless can help us understand and better serve all our neighbors.

In Their Words: Two Men Share Their Stories of Recovery

Sep 2, 2020 3:28:56 PM

UGM Men's Shelter residents, Tyler and Mike, shared their stories of recovery at the recent LIFE Recovery phase promotion event.