Clayton Chooses Joy at UGMS
Clayton admits that there’s no such thing as an “average story” at UGM, but the circumstances that brought him to the Mission were a little out of the ordinary. He enjoyed a successful career until he was laid off and his severance ran out. “I had a lot of financial and legal problems,” he says.
Because he had never suffered from addiction, Clayton hesitated joining the program. Then he realized he needed to address some spiritual issues. “I’ve been coping with feelings of depression, worthlessness, being unable to contribute and so on,” he says. Noting that Galatians 5:22 lists joy as a fruit of the Spirit, he continues, “I may not feel joy, but I can choose joy anyway. I believe that God is going to improve my life.”
Looking back to when he first arrived at UGM, Clayton sees definite improvement. "When you’re hungry you can’t think, you can’t do anything at all. But God takes care of us, no matter what. He provides for our needs when we hit those rocks and our ships come apart. That’s what this has been for me.” Recently graduated, Clayton is resolving his financial issues and saving money before deciding where to relaunch his career. “I feel confident,” he says. “I’m focused on growing in Christ-likeness and having the fruits of the spirit in me because there is no other standard that I can measure to.”
Get Involved at the Mission!
- Meal Serving: Numerous days are available, especially Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
- Donation Center/Mission Store: We always need help lifting, sorting and organizing donations.
- Yard Care: This group-friendly service opportunity is available seasonally or on a regular basis.
- And there are always more opportunities!