Renewing Her Mind

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Mar 13, 2019 9:29:42 AM

Before coming to the UGM Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, Nikki Downs was in jail. Her infant son had been taken by Child Protective Services, and her teenage daughter was living with her sister.

Today, Nikki is nearing completion of the LIFE Recovery Program, has both her children living with her and is doing her business practicum at the Kroc Center. She has been sober from alcohol for six years and clean from meth for 18 months.

Nikki speaks clearly about the reason for the change in her: “My personal relationship with the Lord and the fellowship with other people, but mainly, getting into the Word, reading what it says and applying it to my life. I find joy in that, and that’s very new.”

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Beyond Sobriety to Life Transformation

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Mar 6, 2019 11:50:15 AM

By Kirste Richards,  LIFE Recovery Intake Counselor, UGM Center for Women and Children

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One of the first things a woman hears when she comes to a program orientation at the UGM Center for Women and Children is that the goal of our recovery program is to “provide a safe and healing environment for life transformation.”

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Homeless, Hopeless, Loved

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Sep 19, 2018 4:05:07 PM

Being homeless can make you physically dirty. Its harsh realities can dull your senses and thicken your skin. It can drive you to do things you swore you would never do.

But homelessness can’t turn off your humanity. It can’t make you NOT want love and acceptance. It can’t make you NOT want security and a place to belong. It can’t make you NOT want to be with your children.

And it can’t hold back the love and power of the gospel, which God shows through his people every day at the Union Gospel Mission.

 

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Katie: One Mom's Journey of Restoration

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 27, 2016 11:57:09 AM

The December Mission News focused on one of the happiest by-products of recovery: children being reunited with their moms, and not merely being reunited, but women being the moms their children need, the moms they've always wanted to be. We're pretty sure you won't tire of these stories any time soon, so here's another...

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Jessie: A Fully Present Parent

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Dec 16, 2016 2:36:37 PM

Jessie’s 23-year drug and alcohol addiction had already cost her a son and a daughter, taken from her as babies. But she had managed to hang on to 2-year-old Caleb amid the chaos that was her life.

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A Better Home for Women and Children in Crisis

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Aug 3, 2016 11:17:17 AM

The Face of Homelessness 

Let's play a word association game. I say "homeless." Quick. What picture comes to mind?

Did you picture a man? A panhandler? A woman or a child?

Truth is, the face of homelessness is changing.

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