UGM has established a pathway to a better life for anyone willing to take the first step.
Step 1: Safety.
Before an individual in crisis can effectively build a better life, they need a safe place to stabilize. A clean and sober environment, safe people, warm meals, medical attention, and basic resources provide the soil where hope can grow.
Step 2: A plan.
Once basic needs are met, men and women can start to face the issues that have perpetuated their unwanted situation. Through case management, employment therapy, or holistic recovery, they can form a plan that will move them toward new life.
Step 3: Time.
To overcome a lifetime of trauma and addiction takes time. A chance of long-term success reaches 85% after the first five years of sobriety. It takes ongoing mentorship, employment, housing, childcare, and a supportive community.
Then there’s you, me, and everyone else. Community isn’t a step of the process, but something we all must partake in. We must come alongside those in recovery and help them in their lifelong journey.
“This is more than a safe haven for many of us; it’s home. It’s the way out of things that most people don’t even want in to.”
– Kimberly, UGM Crisis Shelter - Spokane