As much as we might like to have a sense of control, Union Gospel Mission is not in the business of gathering broken people, fixing them up, and sending them on their way. Real people do not fit into that model and real change doesn’t occur predictably. Instead, UGM believes in coming alongside those we serve, presenting life-changing options, loving them well, and showing them the steadfast and ever-present love and power of God.
For Louise, who grew up on a family farm, hard work and physical labor were constant and grueling, and faith in God was about fear and obligation rather than grace. What she didn't know was God wanted a relationship with her.
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.