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What I learned from my homeless guests

Mar 11, 2020 4:51:56 PM

Last fall, just before Thanksgiving, a couple acquaintances of mine were on the verge of homelessness. It was crazy timing. They didn’t know each other. One of them I hadn’t seen in 30 years. Our only connection was Facebook. She had been somewhat transient—living with friends or family, house-sitting/pet-sitting, staying in a shelter—for years. Everything she owned fit in the backseat of her car. The other was a more recent friend who had gone through a series of job losses. She had made really good money at one time and had a storage unit full of belongings. They had lived very different lives, but they also shared some commonalities: they are both divorced; they both have one child; they are both in their sixties; and they both were being asked to leave their current living situations with nowhere else to go. They were both in a jam, and I offered them a place to stay.

We Need Each Other: The Cure for Loneliness

Nov 12, 2019 12:58:37 PM

Debra was painfully lonely long before she ended up homeless. Alcohol covered the pain...for a while.

Loneliness and Isolation

Nov 7, 2019 11:24:04 AM

To address homelessness, we must address loneliness through human connection.

Toward Better Relief and Development

Oct 22, 2019 10:50:59 AM

We must develop relief and development systems that stop rewarding behaviors destructive to both homeless people themselves and others. 

Relief vs. Development: Diagnosing Causes

Oct 16, 2019 3:32:54 PM

Relief is not enough. Unless a move from street to housing is accompanied by development of the person, that person will continue to live in poverty.

You are the solution to homelessness.

Oct 9, 2019 2:02:13 PM

While UGM provides food and shelter, our major contribution to the issue of homelessness is extending the love of Jesus Christ. The government can't do that.

We Believe...

Oct 2, 2019 2:42:06 PM

Amid heated debate around the solutions to homelessness, UGM states as clearly as possible who we are, what we believe, and what we’re trying to do.

Love Your Homeless Neighbor

Sep 19, 2019 2:22:05 PM

We must first see and know people, not their condition, if we are to love the poor like God calls us to do.

We're Celebrating Real People Making Real Change.

Sep 4, 2019 3:30:43 PM

UGM's Fall Campaign highlights real people embracing the opportunity for real change.

Is Housing the Answer to Homelessness?

Jul 10, 2019 12:45:15 PM

Homelessness doesn't begin with a lack of housing. Most of the time, it begins with a lack of healthy relationships.