Restoring Children to a Healthy Home

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Nov 28, 2018 8:39:00 AM

By JoAnn Zajicek, Director, Center for Women and Children

Not yet two years old, the girl consistently wakes up with night terrors. She’s been in three foster homes since birth. 

An 11-year-old boy stomps down the corridors with clenched fists, barely looking up. When he does, his young eyes are defiant and angry, clearly indicating a distrust of adults. Much of his early life was spent living under a dilapidated bridge and begging money for his mother.

A petite three-year-old, desperately craving attention and security from a father figure, continually runs up to male staff, clutching their trousers in hopes of being swooped into their arms.

These are just a few examples of the children we see at the Union Gospel Mission’s Center for Women and Children. They come from hurting homes. They’re too young to understand, but not too young to be hurt and impacted by the choices of others.

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Melissa: Building Trust, Breaking a Cycle

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jan 3, 2017 4:55:07 PM

“All I knew how to do is just yell at her, and that stems from how I was raised. I didn’t know any better.” – Melissa

 Time was running out on any chance Melissa had to see her kids again.

“I was blinded by my addiction,” she says. “By the time I realized that I needed to change something, it was almost too late.”

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Katie: One Mom's Journey of Restoration

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 27, 2016 11:57:09 AM

The December Mission News focused on one of the happiest by-products of recovery: children being reunited with their moms, and not merely being reunited, but women being the moms their children need, the moms they've always wanted to be. We're pretty sure you won't tire of these stories any time soon, so here's another...

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