Real Change is Possible: Kathy's Story


“I was selling drugs, I was in and out of prison, I didn’t know how to read or write. I couldn’t even read the sign at UGM that says, ‘Hope starts here.’”

Kathy didn’t think change was possible for her. She’d been in active addiction most of her life and hadn’t even finished elementary school. She came to UGM for a meal and a clean bed, but what she received was far greater. At UGM, Kathy was given a second chance. Staff helped her get her ID back and helped her learn to read. They provided her with case management; a safe, healing community; and a life-changing job opportunity at UGM Thrift Stores.

Kathy was given more than a second chance; she was given a whole new life. “I’m grateful to God. He has provided for me. I love my job. I have many people who love me and I love them so much. Real change is possible.”

Charity Name
Union Gospel Mission Association of Spokane
Photo Caption
Kathy Torrez at the UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children, East Spokane.
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