GOOD NEWS PARTNERS

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 1600 W Jonquil Ter Chicago IL 60626 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful organization with very dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers. They are truly making a difference in the Rogers Park community! It is a pleasure to volunteer with this organization and the people they serve. This is a very diverse organization, encompassing all beliefs and faiths.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2013

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6 people found this review helpful

Good News Partners is an exceptional faith-based organization that serves the neediest of the needy in Chicago's Jonquil neighborhood. The most unique aspect of the organization is its low-income co-op model offering home ownership to folks as a stepping stone out of GNP's transition housing option. The ability to offer home (apartment) ownership to low-income families truly does differentiate this organization.

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

working with such an amazingly dedicated and selfless staff.

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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6 people found this review helpful

Good News Partners is an extraordinary ministry bring shelter and hope to many who are hopeless. The love that flows from it is transcendant. The people on the staff are truly mission driven. They reach out to those in need with love and support. What beauty, what specialness! Barbara and Wally Scott

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

At almost every level in mentoring, loving, leading, counseling, supporting - you name it.

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

The opportunity to help those in need and those who are searching for futures.

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

Varied in every way except in their dedication to the mission of Good News Partners.

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

Change the nature of homelessness in much of Chicago - leading to transformed lives.

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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9 people found this review helpful

The most rewarding volunteer work I've done has been in serving in a number of capacities with Good News Partners. In a neighborhood familiar with virtually every problem of urban poverty, Good News Partners tries to be a tangible expression of God's love. The focus is on homelessness and housing, but the broader needs for friendship, support and encouragement are addressed as well. For almost 25 years, I have been blessed to be directly engaged as a friend, a board member and an admirer of many people I might otherwise have never known.

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

Provide decent affordable housing to several hundred families otherwise at risk of homelessness

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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7 people found this review helpful

GNP is an amazing organization. Founded on a deep desire to be Christ to our neighbors and to do what it can to end homelessness, it is an organization that has stayed true to it's call. They help the homeless in many ways - from providing housing via a women's shelter, via a single occupancy residence, via rental property and finally to resident ownership. They operate wholistically by coming alongside residents to provide support on all levels. They even created a tutoring program for the kids of their residents. I cannot say enough about what terrific work they do and the positive impact they have.

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

Providing an environment that fosters and encourages transformational change in people.

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

Our partnership and the very authentic way that we interact to combine the best of each organization.

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

Caring people of great integrity who are actually living out their faith.

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

Purchase more buildings and get people off the street and into safe living arrangements.

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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6 people found this review helpful

I live about a mile away from Good News Partners. For years I've admired their work to help homeless families get on their feet. In recent years Good News folks and some of us in my church community decided the time had come to build bridges between our two groups. We planned a series of large picnics that brought together lots of families living at Good News with many single and married folks in our community. The fellowship was lively and relaxed and it built many bridges. I and others got involved in volunteer roles and began working out ways for ongoing cooperation that would be mutually beneficial--sharing of ministries, expertise, work projects, etc. Now we're involved with many other congregations that are supporting Good News work to buy, fix up, and rent units in a large apartment building in that neighborhood.

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

the lively give and take between people of all different ethnic, class and educational backgrounds.

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

very dedicated persons who brought their own life experience into their work with others who needed a helping hand.

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

buy more property and staff it so as to multiply the current very strong ministry to scores of families and individuals.

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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8 people found this review helpful

I am just learning about Good News Partners and went for a site visit last month. I am amazed by the the genuine community spirit surrounding Good News. I met several residents, including a woman who was moving into her apartment with her five children from the shelter. She was so filled with joy to be moving her family into a space of their own made beautiful by Good News Builders. Then I met a young man - also a Good News Builder - who is rehabbing a barber shop. He was proud and filled with vision and promise for making his and others lives better.

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

Compassionate, engaged, intelligent.

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

Buy more properties to move people out of homelessness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Our Parish has been supporting Good News Partners financially for many years because they have done an exceptional job in serving the homeless in the Rogers Park area. This year our parish partnered with them to paint, repair, and generally clean-up various buildings under their care. It was a true partnership with staff, clients, and parishioners all involved. Because our working together allowed us to get to know the people of the community, we did not feel like we were dispensing charity. We felt like we were given a glimpse of the Kingdom of God.

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

talking with many of the volunteers that work there and the clients who live there. I can see the difference this organization is doing for those they seek to help as well as those who seek to help them.

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

the strong relationship that all the staff has with the volunteers who help.

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

exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, friendly, and capable.

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

provide additional housing and a "hand-up" for the increasing number of people who are becoming homeless in the Chciago area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Good News Partners personifies unconditional love, acceptance, and generosity. Year in and year out they are meeting the practical needs of people that society and government has left behind while they demonstrate and share the love of Christ. A group of us had the honor of providing and facilitating a Christmas Party for GNP's Jonquil Hotel residents. It was evident that many children and adults are saved from homelessness and hunger as a result of the committed and caring leadership of GNP.

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

caring for the poor.

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

ask them what they want to change and what they need to do it.

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

the faces of the people who are being served. They are blown away by the things that most of us take for granted.

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

loving, professional, caring, committed, and responsive.

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

do more of what they are currently doing.

Ways to make it better...

. . . it couldn't have been better.

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

overwhelming need and limited resources - specifically housing.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

As a member of an affiliated church, I have heard Bud Ogle speak on a number of occasions over the years and have been very impressed with his level of commitment and with the wonderful things GNP has done in the North of Howard area. This year, I became much more involved on a personal level with GNP's shelter for women and children, NeW Life Interim Housing. I can testify from lots of experience now that they do an incredible job helping women and their families get back on their feet and independent, and am very proud to be able to assist them in this effort.

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

The chance to get to know a bunch of great kids, and have some effect on their lives

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

They have very exceptional people. The staff at GNP's New Life that I've dealt with are all very caring and will do anything to help the mothers and kids get back on their feet. They are also very competent and are firm with the mothers and kids.

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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