Your donations have impact: How items in your closet can care for your community

Every year the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothes. Meanwhile, there’s an average of 42 general items laying around homes, collecting dust from unuse.   But getting rid of these unwanted items could be as easy as donating them to The UGM of Salem Mission Store where 100% of proceeds from community purchases fund programs […]

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Merci’s Story

Beginning at the age of 12, a drug addiction slowly unwound Merci Rickett’s life. Surrounded by a home of dysfunction, neglect, and substance abuse, this was the only life she knew.   Drugs that began as a gateway to social acceptance grew into a means of coping with her turbulent life, numbing her hurt and insecurities. This addiction gripped Merci off and on in her teens and early 20s.   She was clean for a span of 15 years, but […]

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Chuck’s Story

Only half buoyed by a lifetime of apathetic “foxhole” prayers to get him through tough times, and a thirst for alcohol that casually began at the age of 14, Chuck Reynolds’ resolve was rapidly chipped away by the time he reached his early 50s.   “She drank a little, drugged a lot; I drank a lot, drugged a little,” said Chuck, […]

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Beauty in Every Note

Bill Westlund sets his guitar back on its stand. “It grounds me,” he says. “God uses it to teach me patience and remind me that I’m still teachable.” He hands me a five-page copy of his testimony, ink still warm. “Writing helps me process. It makes my emotions physical. You can read them, say them […]

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Meaningful Mentorships

Frank helps guide Nick to his chair, taking his bag for him and setting it down on the table between them. Nick takes a seat, folding up his white cane and holding it in his left hand. Nick is Frank’s mentor – a term he believes is insufficient concerning their relationship. After only a few […]

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Hope Has a New Address

The community response following the public launch of our capital campaign, “Hope Has a New Address,” is bulldozing expectations. The Harvest Celebration event generated over $1 million in a single day, outstripping projections and paving the way for the groundbreaking of the new Men’s Mission in October of 2019. In total, $7.9 million has been […]

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Building a New Life

“I’ve been a builder all my life. It’s what I do,” Mark Rosales says. A former subcontractor, his foundation crumbled after losing his fiancée, father and brother in a span of months. Growing up in some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods, Mark was a witness to humanity’s disrepair. “I’ve seen the things man is capable […]

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An Open Seat at David’s Chair

David Box, a volunteer at UGM of Salem, has been donating his barber skills at the Mission for over four years. In 2014, David decided he wanted to get involved by offering his unique skillset, so he scheduled an appointment with UGM’s Volunteer Coordinator. “I came in and spoke with someone and thought maybe there’s […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

The sun is finally here and warmer weather means more chances to get outside. Here at UGM, staff also encourage men and women in our program to get outside too. Physical activity and finding healthy avenues for fun is an important part of the recovery process. “In recovery, it’s important for our clients to find […]

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