Trauma, Time, Trust: Helping Homeless Women

Posted by Union Gospel Mission 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.”

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What Winning Looks Like at UGM Camp

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Aug 11, 2018 8:21:00 AM

This summer, dozens of children each week are enjoying a chance to get out of their urban neighborhoods and enjoy brand-new outdoor experiences at UGM Camp.  But trust and friendships are the true treasure to be found at UGM Camp, as you’ll see in these vignettes from camp facilitators.


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Don't Get Your Hopes up

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Apr 6, 2016 4:56:22 PM

Kevin Downey grew up with the belief that when things are going well, it's best not to "get to your hopes up." The good can change in an instant and life can become difficult. Through LIFE Recovery, he's confronting this belief and trading it in for hope and trust. Recently, his counselor asked him to read Romans 12:1-2 and respond to some questions.

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Floating on Grace

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 15, 2015 4:02:41 PM

By Ryan Brown, UGM Youth Outreach Director

On any given Wednesday during the summer, while traveling over the Spokane River just south of Ford, Washington, looking to the west, you might notice an unusual sight. 

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White-Water Rafting as Part of Recovery

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 6, 2014 12:34:00 PM

An Immersion in Trust

By Darlene Willis, a resident at the UGM Center for Women & Children in Coeur d'Alene

Last Friday morning, the weather was warm and the sky filled with playful clouds as we – the women of the UGM Center in Coeur d’Alene – set out on our first Summer 2014 adventure.

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