He was spiraling out of control, until he found Union Gospel Mission

""It really helps when you've got other people that understand what you've been through."

Hey, it's Cory Hepola
November 19, 2019 - 5:34 pm
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Tom had struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, but he turned 30, he lost his son and started to spiral out of control. That's when a friend — his old history teacher — took him to Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, a nonprofit which provides services and training to people facing homelessness, poverty and addiction. 

Many of the staff at UGM have overcome their own past struggles with homelessness and addiction. Tom felt they understood what he was going through. 

"It really helps when you've got other people that understand what you've been through. Some of them experienced what you've been through... and to kind of hold your hand," he told Cory Hepola during the 2019 Radiothon Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon at the Mall of America. 

With the help of their multifaceted approach, Tom was able to get sober and slowly get his life together. Now he has two jobs an is working on getting a third. 

ou can donate to UGM here. Listen to the full conversation here: 

 

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