Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 166 Notes 6 association president commented that her office became the center of information regarding leadership vacancies, volunteer opportunities, new mission start-ups, and mission problems. She served the IUGM longer than any other person, and many believe her tact and wisdom during the early years saved the association from major problems and possibly failure. Coming in Waves H istory has had a way of sending waves of people into rescue missions. Returning World War I veterans started showing up in the 1920s, but the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States eventually slowed the flow of inebriated men through the front doors. One patriarch recalled that it was the only time in history when some missions closed their addiction recovery programs. A few even closed completely. The Twenty-First Amendment, which repealed prohibition in 1933, started another huge wave. But it was not just the availability of alcohol that caused the influx; it was also the Great Depression that raised unemployment in the United States to 25 percent. No jobs meant no food and missed rent or mortgage payments. Families fell apart. Alcoholism escalated. Missions filled. After waiting in long unemployment lines in the morning, men waited in long rescue mission lines in the afternoon, just to get something to eat and a place to stay. World War II slowed the flow as much of the male population was fighting abroad or stationed in barracks at home. But following the fighting, despite the prosperity that North America was realizing, rescue missions again started to see another wave. It didn’t appear immediately, but grew steadily as veterans eventually slipped through the system. The History We Celebrate An Association with Deep Roots continued continued “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” —Isaiah 1:17 1946 IUGM Convention attendees 1926 convention attendees and President Calvin Coolidge EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT