CHRISTIAN HELP CENTER CHURCH

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 2166 Sacramento St Vallejo CA 94590 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Christian Help Center has been in existence for 30 years. This is a caring homeless shelter, which has provided thousands of beds for those who are without a place to sleep and/or eat. The Center provides breakfast, lunch and dinner - not only to their guests, but to others in the community who need an emergency meal. Every Saturday the Center gives 50-60 bags of groceries to the community. A public restroom with shower is provided for the homeless who are in the streets or encampments. They provide casemanagement to help the clients progress from having nothing to becoming employed and finding housing. The organization does not discriminate against persons of color, religion, disability, gender, or sexual preferences. Spiritual guidance is offered, but not mandatory. This is a "working shelter", meaning that all guests are required to help maintain the facilities. This also helps people gain their self-respect and dignity, knowing that they are "giving back", rather than just "taking".

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

Hire more professionals to deal with the multitude of dual-diagnosed clients.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Christian Help Center since it began, and the best thing about it is seeing how people's lives change. People who end up on the street often are in deep despair, and lose the sense of how to live normal lives. The Center meets their immediate need for food, shelter and hygiene, but also provides counseling, job training, anger management, and other skills they need to move back into normal life. There are special facilities for homeless minors. The idea for the Center emerged from a prayer group and has all along been part of a walk with the Lord for us. We believe this is why we have been able to do so much with so little, though we have also been blessed with wonderful donors.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

They were kinda enough to help me with a school project while I was working towards by BFA. They where very generous with there time and allow me to ask as many questions as I needed in order to finish my project for school. They gave me great feed back that allow me to learn and sharpen my skills as a designer. It is a wonderful organization filled with generous and loving people trying very hard to help those who need it the most.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board Member for 4 years and have seen the lives that have been transformed because of the generous support of the community for this very vital community service. Yes, the CHC offers shelter and food for the homeless, but it also offers spiritual food for those whose wish to partake. The sharing and caring of everyone that walks through those doors is so embraced by all. We truly see miracles daily, as sometimes the funds are so low, and with the generosity of all we are able to continue this mission of love.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

As a health educator, with a specific passion for nutrition and physical activity education, I have trained the Executive Director (Ms. Norma Ramos), the Administrative Assistant (Mrs. Carolyn Burrell), and staff of the Christian Help Center to deliver Healthy Eating and Active Living lessons to CHC guests and residents. The staff was very attentive during the training and very enthusiastic about equipping their clients with healthy lifestyle information. This desire to empower their clients with healthy lifestyle information is indicative of the Christian Help Center's commitment to addressing the whole person and creating healthy, productive citizens who can not only impact their own lives, but the lives of those around them, as well.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

Christian Help Center is the only homeless shelter in Vallejo, California whose population is over 76,000 people. Wtih the economy getting worse, they are serving an increased demand for their services. They not only house the homeless but train them to become productive citizens by providing job training and others. They serve meals for all people who are in need. This is the City's safety net for the people who are unfortunate to have lost a home, job or anything else depending on the indvidual's need. Some of the people who seek their srvices are gainfully employed but is not enough for their support. In excahnge for the homeless to be sgheltered, they volunteer to lend a hand in some or all fo the Center's needs and activities. I have seen some homeless people who were served become employees or volunteers.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

CHC not only provides emergency shelter for the homeless, but also provides wholistic services to serve the total individual.In addition to feeding and food/goods distributions,they provide referrals through casemanagement services to meet the individual's needs, whatever it might be (SSI application; resume writing; job referrals; bills/landlords disputes; spiritual support; health concerns, etc.) With Christian influence, which permeates how everyone of all religions, sexual orientation, age and disabilities are compasstionately treated, the transformation of people's lives become testimonials of their success as they transition to self sufficiency and independence. It is interesting to see the bond former "guests" have with the shelter. Most return to become volunteers to serve others who come through the door.

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

the testimonials and outcome of people's lives.

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

structure the human resources available and provide other pieces of educational and job training/placement needs.

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

seeing how people's lives are transformed and the gratitude they have for the Center.

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

enthusiastic about their service, and cheerful about helping.

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

expand its shelter capacity through renovation and property acquisition, hire paid personnel, provide other services as needed.

Ways to make it better...

I could have had more (quantity and quality) time to observe the operations.

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

physical space and funding to provide for a vision for the future.

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

it is amazing that the administrative/personnel costs of running the shelter is so low, yet because of the dedication of all those who work there and donations from the community, this organization has been able to thrive.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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