A Brief History of UGM, Part 2: 1987 to Present

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Aug 23, 2018 4:42:50 PM

Part 1 of the history of UGM covered our founding in 1951 through the retirement of Executive Director Harry Altmeyer in 1987. We pick up as his son Phil Altmeyer takes the reins and ushers in a period of growth to meet the growing needs of the community.

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Cleaning Out Your Closet, Changing Someone's Life

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Aug 11, 2017 10:40:16 AM

Of course, thrift stores are cool. Napoleon Dynamite and Macklemore told (and rapped) us that.

Thrift is also a smart and environmentally friendly choice for shopping. You can bag a real bargain by shopping secondhand for clothes, housewares, furniture and electronics.

But the real reason you should dig deep in your closets and cupboards and pack up the dustiest items is that the stuff you’re not using anymore can make an eternal impact on people’s lives.

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Shop for Everyone on Your List at UGM Thrift Stores

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Dec 15, 2015 4:05:58 PM

Meet Senior Elf Jackie, pictured here with one of her junior associates. Jackie loves to give gifts and knows how to do it on a budget. She's a shopper extraordinaire, a deal-hunter, a bargain-finder, but she also has a flair for matching gifts to personalities to make people feel especially loved.

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Recovery and Regaining Confidence

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Apr 3, 2015 1:17:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Sewing gave Glenda Gray confidence.

One year ago, Glenda was forming her own business sewing and selling tote bags. “I didn’t know how to sew, so I started from the bottom.”

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Lee Brown: Servant and all-around cool guy

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Nov 19, 2014 4:56:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

Looking at Lee Brown, you may not be shocked to discover he once played football professionally (although, goodness gracious, pro football – that’s impressive, right?). What may surprise you is the tender heart and love for the Lord lurking under those chiseled shoulders and huge biceps.

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UGM Motors: Brittany and Brooklyn get new wheels

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Sep 9, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Reliable transportation critical for single moms

Brittany Branch had a car when she started Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall – a 1988 Dodge Caravan with close to 200,000 miles.  Last winter, another car slid on the ice and smashed into it. Then, this spring, just before she started her new job at the UGM Thrift Store and moved into her own place with two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, the brakes went out, followed quickly by the transmission. The cost of repairs was prohibitive and exceeded the value of the vehicle. 

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Good-bye, dear friend

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jul 1, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Grace Peterson created a beautiful tapestry with her life, and the people of UGM – staff, residents and volunteers – are oh-so-grateful to have been incorporated into her story.

Grace began volunteering at the Mission in 1985 after working at Sears for many years. She immediately fell in love with the women and children at Anna Ogden Hall, keeping the clothing attic tidy for 15 years.  

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From Gang Banger to Responsible Father

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jan 15, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Zachariah’s story is written in ink all over his body. His mom died when he was 12. The tear drop under his eye is for her. He never knew his dad. At 13, the gang became Zachariah’s family. The 1 and the 8 scrawled on top of his head mark him as a member of the 18th Street gang, a distinction he cannot easily escape. He’s been to prison three times for drugs, guns and stealing cars. “Sinful nature” is inscribed in fancy script on the left side of his head, and on his forearm, a little blue devil stands on a bed of skulls.

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