Profiles in Courage: UGM Edition

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Apr 27, 2017 12:00:05 PM

Courage was on display at Tuesday’s phase promotion celebration for the Men’s Recovery program. For one thing, it isn’t easy for anyone to admit they need help. Many of these men have had successful careers and families in the past, but their addictions damaged or destroyed those things. It’s hard and humbling to check into a homeless shelter for a recovery program when you once prided yourself on your self-reliance and accomplishments.

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Healing Homeless Men through Relationship

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Feb 16, 2017 10:43:53 AM

When Joe Marsh came in for a job interview, it was his first time inside the Union Gospel Mission.

Looking across the common area, the Men’s Shelter director asked Joe what he saw.

“I was looking at a lot of men who were battling depression or just being lost. No glimmer in their eye; they’re just existing. It just tore my heart.”

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Why is homelessness higher among veterans?

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Nov 5, 2013 9:54:00 AM


No one wants to see these men and women who have served our country living on the streets, holding cardboard signs and begging for food.

But what can we do to help?

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Americorps Adventure

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Oct 4, 2013 1:01:00 PM

Next week,* Luke Hauflin, 21, will be headed off to Sacramento, California to join Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). For now, he is living at the UGM Men's Shelter, helping keep the place in tip top shape as part of the housekeeping team.

His supervisor, Rob Meredith, praised his work ethic: "Luke is super conscientious and goes above and beyond what is asked of him. He makes my job a lot easier." 

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The New Paul

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Oct 4, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Paul folded his lanky frame into one of the red chairs in my small office. I sat in the other, our knees less than a foot apart. He was wearing a baggy white t-shirt with “UGM” scrawled across the chest in black Sharpie, white shorts, white socks and white, slip-on sandals. The ensemble made him look a bit like a hospital patient . . . or a prisoner. Dark green ink covered his forearms in abstract patterns, blurring in places into bruise-like blotches. His beard had the scruffy look of two or three days’ worth of growth, and his cheeks were sunken in like a man who has no teeth.

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Dear Beer: A good-bye letter

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 18, 2013 3:47:00 PM

Editor’s Note: We found this letter in our parking lot. As you can see, it was an assignment – write a good-bye letter to your drug of choice.

Dear Beer,

I remember when we first met. I was 13. I felt stronger than Superman when I drank you. You helped me feel confident in myself. I was able to be outgoing – the life of the party! I was able to talk to girls with no shyness. With you, my family and I had some of the greatest times together. You brought us all together, so close that I didn’t want the days to end. I felt music at a whole new level. You helped me cheer up my elders by drinking with them and reminding them of their youth. You helped me when no one seemed to be there.

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Time to grow up

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Aug 27, 2013 1:40:00 PM

Meet Johnny Montes – young, handsome, a high school drop-out, and the father of a 2-year-old little girl. Johnny, 20, came to the UGM Men’s Shelter after 27 days in jail. While there, Johnny said, he realized how messed up his life was. The men he met in jail told him, “This isn’t how you want to spend your life.” A pastor visited him and encouraged him to make some changes.” 

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Back on track

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Aug 14, 2013 1:03:00 PM

Chase Montgomery with his mom, sister, brother and grandparents

Chase Montgomery’s mom dropped him off at the UGM Men’s Shelter the day before his 19th birthday. The situation at home had become unbearable. Part of a blended family, Chase struggled to get along with his dad and siblings. When he wasn’t working his part-time job at McDonald’s, he was smoking pot, watching movies and playing video games.

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Into the water

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Aug 2, 2013 4:12:00 PM

Paul Stankiewicz, who was featured on the cover of the August 2013 Mission News, was recently baptized in the Spokane River at Harry Altmeyer Park, just across the parking lot from the UGM Men's Shelter. Here's what Paul wrote about that experience:

I came to the Mission for spiritual renewal, and I received a strong outpouring of the grace of God, as well as an unambiguous outpouring of God's love from those who work and volunteer at the Mission.

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Real-world work

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jul 9, 2013 9:53:00 AM

Robert Lewis turned to drugs and alcohol partly in response to frustrations in the work place.

“My addiction came from always trying to be a workaholic,” Robert said. After overworking in hopes of promotions that never came, Robert felt he deserved to escape. “When I would eventually get off work, it was my time to play.” 

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