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Writing for Their Lives

Jul 6, 2017 1:21:54 PM

Writing is one of the key subjects we work on in our Vocational Education classes. We want to prepare our residents to communicate well in their future jobs and personal lives, so creating opportunities for them to express themselves both personally and professionally is a top priority. 

They get practice typing journal responses in a Word document and attaching them to an email.  They also learn to write a business letter, a narrative story, and a persuasive essay, assignments that have proven handy in real life.  A couple of ladies had to write a business letter to recommend another resident in a court decision.  Another woman had to persuade a judge to reduce her child support payments while she was in the program. 

Some residents write their personal testimonies for their narrative story assignment - you can read one of them below.


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.

Learning to Get Back up

Jun 8, 2016 10:06:48 AM

Like learning to ride a bike, getting back up after falling down is an important lesson men and women learn in Vocational Education at UGM.

Lose the Label: Not Enough

Dec 3, 2015 7:16:04 PM

Stefani carried the label "stupid." She was convinced she was not enough and never could be. Now she knows she's an artistic, beautiful child of God.

A Lasting Legacy of Vocational Education

Oct 23, 2015 9:29:40 AM

On October 20, UGM held an open house and dedication for the new DeRuwe Center that gives men educational and vocational opportunities.

Lose the Label: Stupid

Sep 24, 2015 5:41:08 PM

Jeff believed he was stupid for most of his life, but unconditional love and care is helping him realize he's not stupid at all.

A Look into Vocational Advancement

Apr 24, 2015 3:53:39 PM

Vocational Advancement Coordinator Joel Brown gives a picture of his life as a dad, husband, and aid to men in LIFE Recovery.

Americorps Adventure

Oct 4, 2013 1:01:00 PM

Write it out

Jul 22, 2013 1:27:00 PM