Jen Becomes a Woman of God

At age 12, when most girls experiment with make-up, Jen experimented with drugs. “I grew up around them,” she recalls. “I thought, ‘This is what grown-ups do.’ I never really had control.” Jen’s lack of control and drug use eventually led her to crime. While in jail, Jen says, “I knew something had to change.” […]

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An Answered Prayer

In early April UGM was approved for a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation for a food truck! The meal program is the primary way we create that vital first connection. Providing regular, nutritious meals means we are able to build trust and offer much-needed sustenance so that our hungry guests can begin to make […]

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The Reality of Homelessness

UGM saves many lives, but sometimes addiction claims a life. We grieve when that happens. Last week one of our guests lost his life to overdose, and Dan, New Life Fellowship Program Manager at our Men’s Mission, shared a few thoughts we’d like to pass along to you: “The work we do in addiction recovery […]

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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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