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Helping People to Flourish

May 16th, 2017

Breaking poverty’s grip, ending economic oppression. Those are two noble goals. They may also be too big for me. I’ve thought a lot lately about WHY. Why is UCOM here? Why am I at UCOM? What are our goals?


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HunGRy - Day Six

October 4th, 2011

DAY SIX - Monday, September 19

I’ve lost four pounds in the past five days. That’s something that I can’t do counting calories. (I can count too high!) When I am seriously working to stay within my food allowance of $4.37 a day, I just can’t afford to eat enough relatively...

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HunGRy - Day Five

September 26th, 2011

DAY FIVE - Sunday, September 18

Have you ever stopped to think how much of our lives revolve around eating in this society? It is definitely more than satisfying hunger. This experiment in eating as well as possible on $4.37 a day has made me so aware of my profligate eating habits. Though...

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HunGRy - Day Four

September 20th, 2011

DAY FOUR - Saturday, September 17

Quiet Saturdays are good days for reflection. Today was not as difficult as I thought it might be in my quest to eat on $4.37 a day for a week. Often our Saturdays are filled with eating, visiting with friends, eating, shopping, eating, doing fun stuff,...

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HunGRy - Day Three

September 19th, 2011

DAY THREE - Friday, September 16

Confession: OK, I admit it; I cheated on my commitment tonight. What’s worse, I did it deliberately. In my defense, I must say that I had declared this intention when I took the pledge.

[Today is the third day of my participation in the HunGRy?...

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HunGRy - Day Two

September 15th, 2011

DAY TWO - Thursday, September 15

Today I blew all but 50 cents of my food budget on lunch. It was an excellent lunch at an exceptionally low price--$3.99. Since I didn’t have breakfast this morning, I have enough left for an apple before bed.

[Today is the second day of...

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HunGRy - Day One

September 14th, 2011

DAY ONE - Wednesday, September 14

Talk about food insecurity! Today is the first day of my participation in the HunGRy? Week challenge to limit myself to the foods I could purchase with SNAP funds. The average is $30.59 per person per week, that’s $4.37 a day.  For this challenge,...

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What to do with that left-over flex account

December 3rd, 2010

Matt Anderson to Bruce Roller:
Hi Bruce. I would appreciate if you wrote a quick blog about what health care items that individuals could use their excess flex spending money on that organization like UCOM would benefit from receiving as donations. It’s possible I will have...

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You Can't Buy That With Food Stamps

November 1st, 2010

Rick and Cindy Mathis live in UCOM’s service area and have long been supporters of the many programs here that help people to cope with current economic struggles, as well as some of the options we provide for helping people have brighter futures. They have a couple of ideas that are newsworthy....

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Ten Things I LOVE About My Job (Part 3)

June 1st, 2010

Here are three more things I love about my job as Executive Director of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming MI.

6. People. UCOM’s donors are a rare treat. As might be expected there are a few large donors, about 20 people in the $5,000 and over category. These...

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