A Look into Vocational Advancement

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Apr 24, 2015 3:53:39 PM

Recovery from addiction takes healing the whole person. Joel Brown works in Vocational Advancement helping men heal both mentally and emotionally. He recently answered some questions about his life and work. (This blog post was first published in 2015 but has recently been updated.)

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College and Career Dreams Restored

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Oct 24, 2013 3:56:00 PM

Roxanne and Doreen

Roxanne and Doreen are bright, articulate women whose lives got off track.

“In high school,” Roxanne said, “I just wanted to be a mom.” She got married at 19, had her first child at 20. After two failed marriages fraught with domestic violence and control issues, she found herself alone, overwhelmed and unable to care for her two daughters: Victoria, 14, and Monet, 10. 

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Americorps Adventure

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Oct 4, 2013 1:01:00 PM

Next week,* Luke Hauflin, 21, will be headed off to Sacramento, California to join Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). For now, he is living at the UGM Men's Shelter, helping keep the place in tip top shape as part of the housekeeping team.

His supervisor, Rob Meredith, praised his work ethic: "Luke is super conscientious and goes above and beyond what is asked of him. He makes my job a lot easier." 

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Write it out

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jul 22, 2013 1:27:00 PM

I thought this day would never come. Recently, I interviewed for my business practicum at The Spokesman Review. As I sat in the human resource office, I realized this building could be my future. I started writing at six years of age when my mom gave me my first journal. I wrote about what I did during the day, and by the age of 15, I had collected an abundance of journals filled with my thoughts and activities.

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Real-world work

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jul 9, 2013 9:53:00 AM

Robert Lewis turned to drugs and alcohol partly in response to frustrations in the work place.

“My addiction came from always trying to be a workaholic,” Robert said. After overworking in hopes of promotions that never came, Robert felt he deserved to escape. “When I would eventually get off work, it was my time to play.” 

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Back to work

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Feb 25, 2013 2:21:12 PM


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UGM's Working Ambassadors

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Oct 24, 2012 5:00:12 AM

It's hard to break the cycle of homelessness if you can't get a job. In UGM's Vocational Advancement department, staff work with residents to create a long-term plan with incremental goals. One of those goals is the business practicum experience that takes place during phase 4 of the recovery program.

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