“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8
This verse always reminds me of UGM’s continuum of care.
When someone comes to UGM for support, our primary goal is to help that person develop a stable, independent life. But through our relational programs—from case management to counselling—we end up sharing life, whether for a year or forever. Mike’s story (below) shows how our continuum of care—from first meal to fifth sobriety anniversary—is a progression of just that: life together.
When we hear stories of housing found or recovery achieved, we tend to hear this beginning reiterated: “I came to UGM for a meal.” Miracles might begin with a meal, but a good feast won’t transform a life on its own. Lives change because compassionate counsellors, invested donors, and recovery alumni share “not only the Gospel of God” with guests and residents, but their lives as well.
Sharing life: I mull over this importance whenever I hear the Christmas story—the story of Christ’s life shared with us. We are wired for relationship, aren’t we? UGM’s programs are designed to reflect this human fact. Few people can overcome poverty, homelessness or addiction on their own. But because of you, UGM can serve thousands of meals this Christmas, each of which could be the start of a meaningful life together.
William B. Mollard