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

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Trauma, Time, Trust: Helping Homeless Women

Nov 21, 2018 11:30:05 AM

By Diane Hutton, Director, Crisis Shelter for Women and Children


Women often come into the shelter for the first time very fearful, broken and anxious. No one wants to come here: It’s the last resort.

That’s what it was when Penny* checked in. She and her children had fled an abusive partner. Her face was still black and blue from their last fight. When they arrived they were cold, scared and her daughter clung to her.

Staff got them warm blankets and some hot tea. They reassured Penny she was safe and she would be OK.

Penny’s response was, “I feel broken. I don’t think I’ll ever be right again.”

Family Breakdown: Restoring a Damaged Masterpiece

Nov 14, 2018 4:43:09 PM

God's design for family is perfect. But our families aren't. Pastor Sonny talks about why family is so important and how we can help our residents experiencing the consequences of family breakdown.

The Car Alarm in the Brain

May 2, 2018 2:54:38 PM

Dr. Mark Baird explores the long-term consequences when people go through childhood trauma.

If “You’ll Never Amount to Anything,” Why Try?

Apr 25, 2018 4:11:53 PM

Research confirms what we see working closely with homeless or addicted people: Childhood trauma has extensive long-term consequences. Still, there is hope in God's healing power.

The Gospel: The Heart of Trauma Recovery

Jul 13, 2017 10:02:25 AM

When we've experienced trauma and brokenness, we can truly take refuge in Jesus and not our own abilities. There, he shows us he was near all along.

Kevin: “My life revolved around avoiding pain.”

Jun 22, 2017 2:16:47 PM

Kevin came to UGM for a meal and protection from the snow. Now, he’s an alumnus of the LIFE Recovery Program – and, as he says, “a whole different person.”

Charity that works

May 26, 2017 3:09:34 PM

Our community is generous: UGM and other charities must be accountable to them not just for the temporary relief of suffering but for long-term change.

Recovery and Vocational Education Go Hand in Hand

Apr 6, 2017 9:42:18 AM

The task of learning can be very difficult for people who grew up with trauma. UGM's Vocational Education Centers specialize in overcoming those obstacles.

Trauma Recovery

Feb 14, 2017 3:43:24 PM

When Jesus brings Lazarus to life again, he directs the community to “unbind him” from his funeral wrappings. That's what trauma recovery looks like.