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

We are bound together by our stories.

Lose the Label: Performer

Nov 3, 2016 4:03:25 PM

He had the jobs, made the money, wore the nice clothes, had the stuff, but Eric Samuels never quite felt good enough.

“I was striving to do good all the time, and that’s how I was gonna get approval.”

Lose the Label, See the Human.

Sep 9, 2016 4:26:10 PM

When I came to UGM a couple years ago, I didn’t know anything about homelessness. Except that it made me sort of uncomfortable.

Lose the Label: "Drunken Indian"

Jul 7, 2016 1:18:58 PM

“All this time, I thought being an alcoholic was being Native American." Surely being an alcoholic wasn’t inevitable for Michael Healy.

Lose the Label: Druggie

Mar 8, 2016 4:49:30 PM

A job loss sent Chris' life spinning out of control - from drug use to drug dealing - until he found out he was going to be a dad.

Lose the Label: Delinquent

Feb 19, 2016 9:52:27 AM

Every Wednesday and Sunday there’s a particular group of youth who gather to hear and discuss the word of God, share stories, ask questions and pray.

Lose the Label: Addict

Jan 16, 2016 8:51:32 AM

“Addict” is like a bright red, sticky label that obscures the person behind it. It’s as though nothing else about the person matters.

Lose the Label: Damaged Goods

Dec 8, 2015 3:37:15 PM

Sonja saw herself as "damaged goods" and "bad seed." She went through LIFE Recovery, stopped believing lies and started believing the truth.

Lose the Label: Not Enough

Dec 3, 2015 7:16:04 PM

Stefani carried the label "stupid." She was convinced she was not enough and never could be. Now she knows she's an artistic, beautiful child of God.

Lose the Label: Chronically Homeless

Dec 1, 2015 1:23:10 PM

Troy was chronically homeless for 10 years. He came to UGM and gained the skills needed to find employment as well as a relationship with God.

Lose the Label: Felon

Nov 24, 2015 3:54:02 PM

Keith Kautzman ran whenever trouble came. But when he entered UGM LIFE Recovery, he decided no to run - even under extremely difficult circumstances.