Shere’s Best Birthday Present

Shere’s 49th birthday didn’t seem to give her much reason to celebrate. After eight years and “lots of drug abuse,” her relationship with her boyfriend had suddenly ended. With nowhere to go, she turned to her parents, but found she had burned that bridge by hurting them deeply in the past. “They said I was […]

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Julie’s Story

Julie never felt like she fit in anywhere…not at school, at home or in her relationships. Her solution? “I just kept getting drunk and high,” she tells us. Over the years, Julie went through a lot of jobs. “Because of my addiction, I wouldn’t show up,” she admits. She stayed in relationships longer, simply because […]

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365 Days of Hope

Each year, thousands of men, women and children receive compassionate care at UGM. As the largest provider of homeless services in the Salem-Keizer area, we have the incredible privilege of meeting basic needs and offering life-changing support to our community’s most vulnerable members. Day in and day out, our staff and volunteers serve with love […]

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