Louise is disciplined and faithful in her relationship with the Lord. She reads her Bible every day and keeps a list of things she is grateful for—a practice that brings her joy. The kids at Anna Ogden Hall call her, “Grandma Louise.” She says, “I love to help people, give advice—do what I can to make their lives easier.” Though she has never had children of her own, she has found a family through the children and moms she lives with at Anna Ogden Hall and through the relationships she is building at her church. Bottom line, she has learned that purpose and meaning come from simple faith, loving others, and following Christ. But it was a long road to arrive at this place.
Many children at UGM with their moms have been through chaos, trauma, neglect, abandonment, or even abuse. Here are five things they need in order to heal and restore their relationship with their parents.
Moms who enter the UGM Recovery program at Anna Ogden Hall often have open cases with Child Protective Services. Staff like Kamee help them navigate all the requirements and successfully reunite with their children.
Meet Teria Kelley, the "House Mom with 70 Kids." She's Resident Services Coordinator at the Center for Women and Children, which helps women and families break cycles of homelessness, abuse and addiction.