Atlanta Union Mission Corp.

Rating: 4 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 2523 Bolton Road, NW Atlanta GA 30318 USA

Mission: Atlanta Union Mission is a non-denominational Christian ministry that provides a continuum of addiction recovery and emergency services to as many as 1,100 homeless and addicted men, women, and children every day of the year. Established in 1938 as a shelter for hungry and homeless individuals displaced by the Great Depression, the Mission has grown to six facilities. The Mission provides emergency food and shelter, residential addiction recovery programs and transitional housing.
Results: FY 2009: 908,709 Meals Served (2,400 daily) 332,742 individual bed nights provided 257 Graduates from residential recovery program 74% of graduates clean & sober six months later 83% of cash donations go to programming
Geographic areas served: Atlanta, North Georgia

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Despite numerous attempts I cannot get the Atlanta Mission to remove me from their mailing list. I made a small donation to them a few years ago on behalf of a third party and now receive on average a mailing a week. They've long ago eaten up any money I donated and refuse to stop sending additional solicitations despite multiple emails and phone calls.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Definitely think leader of this non profit is out of touch with the true issues of homelessness. All of the money is NOT going to this charity!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

The leader of this organization seems out-of-touch with the real needs of the people; Too much funding going into a few people pockets and not enough into the program. There needs to be a leader who understands social problems and who are in touch with the challenges of poor people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been taking a group of men down to the AUM to serve b'fast every other Thursday for the last year. I sit with the men and listen to their situation. I try to encourage them with prayer and a kind word. It is more of a blessing for me than it is for them. The staff are individuals going through the progam. They are empathetic and responsive to the needs of the folks just joining the program. I see God at work at the Mission in so many different ways. All are blessed who come in contact with the program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I have been volunteering to serve breakfast for about a year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pay the staff more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the men in the program. I learn so much from them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

positive individuals working on their own spiritual walk.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more folks, expand staff and improve programs.

Ways to make it better...

I had more money to give the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising awareness and funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so glad that the leadership is so dedicated in what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with AUM for over a decade. It is truly hard to explain the sense of fullfillment that I receive when I hear the testimony of those men and women who have fallen through societies' saftey net and were in dispair until their life was turned around because they encountered Christ through AUM. They know that they are loved and worthwhile. This changes everything. AUM provides emergency relief,but even more important, hope

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting the various centers for men and women has given me a chance to meet the clients and talk to them to discover just how critical the AUM is to helping the most needy in our society

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the program scope to provide assistance to families. Today the facilities only accomodate Men in certain facilities and Women and children in the others

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the clients, learning their story, and being blessed by the experience

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great Christians who consider their roll to be not just a job, but a calling from God to help others. They are dedicated and competent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

could help a lot more people. The organization has capital needs to improve programs. It also could use capital to grow the Thrift stores business which would generate program income for many years to come

Ways to make it better...

I spent more time in volunteer activities. My experience is always positive. I always receive more than I expect in terms of blessings. Perhaps the best way to to enhance the experience would be to devote more time to AUM

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The challenge for AUM is to get the message out that while they do give emergency care to the clients, they are even more involved with helping the clients break the chains of addiction and reenter society as productive citizens

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Mission is a good steward of the gifts and support that the people of Atlanta and Georgia provide to them. There is very little govenment suport. This is truly supported through the generosity of the good people of Georgia.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I began by serving on the Atlanta Union Mission Board in 1976 with the idea that I could provide assistance as a physician to the new influx of clients with mental illness. Since that year I have been on the Board in one capacity or another, however not in the role as physician. My involvement became much deeper with service on committees, to providing gifts for clients, to raising money, and even to chairing the Board. Whenever I think that I might have completed my service over 33 plus years I am convinced and compelled to remain as a volunteer and Board member, hoping that I can contribute in any other or new way to this fine organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal gratitude I receive in trying to help folks less fortunate than I, and the satisfaction I feel in trying to help Atlanta become a better city.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been blessed by serving at Atlanta Union Mission for the last 26 years. We began with what we thought was a one time volunteer painting day and we have never looked back. We have watched so many lives saved from addition and homelessness through the love of the caring staff. It is indeed a privilege to serve the Lord by ministering to the men and women of Atlanta Union Mission.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing that lives can truly be changed for the better.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and compassionate towards all the clients at the mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to the point that hopefully anyone in Atlanta who wanted to be free from addition and could not afford treatment, could start a new life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have served with the mission for approximately four years and am always in awe of the lives they change, the compassionate hearts of everyone on staff and their determination to never leave anyone behind. Experiencing this amazing environment changed my life and has renewed my faith that in a self centered world there are still people who are so selfless and caring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the changed lives of their clients.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy in knowing so many people care and are willing to do what it takes to make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Focused on the mission!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of thousands of people in the Greater Atlanta Area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have served at the Mission for over 10 years and it has enriched my life. The people we serve have no place else to go and generally no one else who cares. They are truly saving and changing lives everyday one life at a time. The Mission provides $10,000,000 worth of shelter and recovery sevices to the City of Atlanta every year. The Mission raises all of it own funds with very little goverment funding. It is truly an amazing group of people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The greatest pleasure is the opportunity to pay it forward and see lives that are being changed everyday.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was a resident at Atlanta Union Mission/Village Atlanta over 11 years ago. I had a wonderful experience. I did not complete the program for personal reasons. However; the tools I received in the Personal Development Program have kept me clean and sober these past 11 years. I have gone on to become a productive member of society, starting my own business and with a greater sense of self and belief in God. Everyday I thank God for allowing to have had the opportunity to have gone through the programs at Atlanta Union Mission. In turn I have sent a few of my willing clients to the program. To date I know of two who have sucessfully completed the program and are still clean and sober. Thank you Atlanta Union Mission

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the Personal Development Program as a resident of Village Atlanta.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would hire more people who had a testimony. It shows me that you have been through some thimgs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is the spiritual connection I have made with My Heavenly Father and the steps to sucess that I have learned while in the program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were kind, considerate and overall caring about me as a person, not as an ex addict or drunk.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could help a lot more people who are where I use to be.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if my counselor at that time was a person who had on some point in her life walked in my shoes. Instead of having preconcieved notions of what an addict was.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One thing I'd also say is Thank you to every one at Atlanta Union Mission, My Sister's House and Village Atlanta-were it not for you I would probably be dead. Thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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