“Freedom to me means freedom in Christ. Freedom from the bondage my childhood has set on me, the way I grew up. Freedom from what really went on in my family and how it’s affecting me today. That’s pretty freeing to me.” –Tim, Men’s Recovery


“Oh my gosh, I called every family member I knew, because change for an addict is scary. I would walk to the fence and call my papa who raised me, and I told him, ‘What should I do?’ He said, just take that step, and I took that step and here I am.” -Debbie, Crisis Shelter resident


“They said, ‘We love you. We can’t see you keep doing this. You know, you’re going to end up in the grave.’ And my wife…we’ve been married 25 years, she kept hanging on, hoping for the man she married to come back.” – Steve, Men’s Recovery


“I found a basketball under the bed. I like basketball most. My favorite thing at the Crisis Shelter is basketball.” -Hunter, Crisis Shelter resident

“I’m most thankful that I serve an awesome God who’s a wild man. Who gave us undeserved love, grace, mercy. But most importantly, He gave us His son without whom we would have no salvation.” – John, UGM Men’s Shelter


“I’d be a starving musician, but I still like to play, regardless. I’ve been playing drums since I was about six. I would take my fork and spoon at the table, and Mama would always take one of them away, cause I’d play them on the table.” -Kim, Men’s Shelter


“You meet people who just change their lives. They come in, and they’ve had such trauma in their lives, and to see them grow and expand—wow, it’s amazing.” –Lorna, Volunteer Nurse Practitioner at the Center


“This opportunity to connect with people in need and share Christ’s love has been a huge encouragement. It’s important to me to live out my Christian life daily. Because of the UGM Student Impact Team, I found a great way to do that.” -Abel, Student Impact Team Volunteer


“I lost both my parents by the time I was 11, and I went through a lot of abuse in the home that I was placed in after. So then, I just quit going home and I turned to drugs. And I thought that I had found freedom in that. Eventually, I found that the more I used, the more problems it created and the more it seemed to completely kill my soul. I didn’t know freedom until I really got to know God.”-Larisa, Women’s Recovery at the Center


“I didn’t ever focus on being emotionally free which I think is what I am becoming now – able to walk through my emotions and process them. I feel that that’s real freedom and it’s good to feel that way.” –Rachel, Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall