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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

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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.”

What Winning Looks Like at UGM Camp

Aug 11, 2018 8:21:00 AM

Teamwork. Trust. Friendship. Working together. Winning looks a little different at UGM Camp.

Don't Get Your Hopes up

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."

Floating on Grace

Jul 15, 2015 4:02:41 PM

Floating down Spokane River at UGM Camp, kids learn to have faith and trust that staff will keep them safe.

White-Water Rafting as Part of Recovery

Jun 6, 2014 12:34:00 PM

White-water rafting gives women in recovery opportunity to practice trust.