Voice UGM of salem newsletter - july 2017

Carrie had managed to raise four children during a 20-year addiction to prescription opiates. However, just six months on meth led to “the end of my life as I knew it.” Five years ago, Carrie had finally ended her opiate addiction... then she was introduced to meth. The drug quickly took over her life. “I lost everything and ended up on the streets,” Carrie remembers.

However, God led Carrie to a truly safe place where she could overcome her addiction and become the woman and mother He intended her to be. Carrie arrived at Simonka Place for Women and Children last August and has been drug-free ever since. “The counselors are wonderful and very approachable,” Carrie tells us. “The intimacy is amazing. They make it very comfortable, at your own pace, and you develop a relationship. It’s very personal.”

The atmosphere at Simonka Place, Carrie says, is more like a college dorm than a homeless shelter. “With the sisterly affections that we have and schooling with math, reading and writing, it’s a lot of fun.” Carrie’s two oldest sons recently told her they felt bad that she ended up in a shelter. “I told them that I’ve never felt so rich in my life. I have everything I need, plus I have God in my life. I’m really, really rich. It’s a wonderful place.”

Carrie looks forward to reuniting with her youngest daughter, now four years old, and raising her to know the Lord – something she wishes she had done with her older children. “I feel like I did my children a disservice by not having them immersed in God as they were growing up.” In fact, Carries is eager to share her faith and recovery with everyone she meets. “I want to find a way to spread the good news. I truly believe that if I can do it, anyone can do it!”

UGM Welcomes Mark Hunter to Staff

Union Gospel Mission Salem is pleased to welcome Mark Hunter as our Director of Development.

Hunter is a native of Arizona and a graduate of Arizona State University with an emphasis in nonprofit management. He and his wife, Renee, serve as members of Silver Creek Fellowship in Silverton, Oregon. Hunter has also served on a number of nonprofit boards and loves spending time with his family. At the center of Hunter’s desire to serve others is Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Hunter says, “It’s where I start my day each morning, seeking God’s will, learning of His good purpose and my role in it.”

Stories of Hope

by Jeanine Knight, Director of Programs

Robin had been coming to Simonka Place since 2005. Every time she came in, it was another opportunity for us to show her how much God loves her and to work with her to obtain a job and housing. When she returned on October 23, 2015 it was my pleasure to work with her in the Transitions Program.

I witnessed a beautiful transformation inside of her as she put her complete trust in God. During this time, Robin rededicated her life to Jesus, got a job working in home care, paid down her debt, purchased a car to increase her employment opportunities, while she saved money towards her housing. As of May 2017, Robin moved to her own place. Robin is a wonderful example of life change, showing that anyone can do anything through Christ Jesus.

Have a blessed summer!

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

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