Shalom House

Rating: 4.81 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing

Location: 1040 S. Taylor Avenue Saint Louis MO 63110 USA

Mission: Shalom House gives hope to homeless women through innovative programs and supportive services designed to stabilize and rebuild lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I volunteer at Shalom House one night a week, and it has been a life changing experience for us. Shalom House is much more than a shelter for homeless women. Although they do provide shelter for homeless women, they more importantly work with the women to overcome the situations that resulted in their homelessness. They are very sucessful in achieving this, and spending time with the women on a wekly basis provides us the privledge to see the amazing transformation most of the women go through while at Shalom House. It is such a joy to see the women "graduate" and move out to a new life on their own.

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

Establishing relationships with the women and seeing the transformation they undergo while at Shalom House. The results are simply amazing! the women come out of themselves, become more self-confident and more self-reliant.

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

Find some way to provide for the day-to-day operating needs for Shalom House so the staff members can spend 100% of their time helping the women.

Rating: 5 stars  

my name is pamela i was in shalom house i started in the emergery shelter then was able to go up to the transtitional and now i am out on my own they helped me be the person i am today . even thought i am out of the shelter they still help me when i need it .

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with the Shalom House for almost two years now. I am consistently impressed with the quality of care and love that the staff has for their "clients". It is seen in everyday interactions, programming, the atmosphere at the Shalom House itself, and more! It is obvious that the staff is united in their efforts to care for the ladies in such a way as to show compassion and mercy for today while ever moving forward toward independence and victory over the cycle of homelessness in the ladies' lives. That concerted effort is what sets them apart for me.

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

...in seeing the clients be able to eat! That is a basic, and oftentimes overlooked, luxury to most people. I've also seen results as some I volunteered helping with in the emergency shelter have made the successful move into the transitional housing program, showing progress in their treatment and commitment to ending the cycle of homelessness in their lives.

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

I have not observed anything that, in my mind, suggest that a change is needed.

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 volunteering at Shalom House for a little over a year now, and it has been a wonderful experience. The staff are the finest individuals I have had the pleasure of working with, and they are completely committed to helping women in need be successful. I have especially enjoyed the times when I have been able to assist the women in the shelter or those graduates who come back for help with food. I am always humbled at the appreciation these women express for even the smallest of kindnesses. and it makes serving this community an honor and a pleasure.

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

It was particularly rewarding when I was able to help one of the ladies choose clothing for an event at which she was going to read a poem she had written. I brought out several dresses and she eagerly tried them on and chose one - her face just lit up when she saw herself in the dress and it made my heart glad to have helped bring a moment of joy to this lady. But moments like that happen regularly at Shalom House

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

The only thing I would like to see is enough funding so that the staff could focus all their attention on the goals of the organization without having to worry about enough funds and materials being available. I think the best donations are those where organizations or individuals are able to commit to ongoing assistance. For example, if an organization committed to providing paper goods for an entire year, it would free up funding for programs and remove the staff time spent in seeking donations.

Rating: 4 stars  

In being a board memeber at the Shalom House I have experienced a new and exciting role in bringing the agency to a new level. The passion of the staff, volunteers, as well as the clients inspire me to continue to help end the cycle of homelessness in St. Louis. I look forward to a lifetime relationship with this agency and supporters.

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

Growing the agency and the support network.

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

Have the financial ability to hire more support staff.

Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member for the last year at Shalom House, I've seen first hand the life-changing services that the programs offer to chronically homeless women in the St. Louis area. Women who struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse problems have very few options, but at Shalom House they have a place to call home until they are back on their feet again. I've worked for other nonprofits in the past, and the Shalom House staff is absolutely exceptional and regularly goes above and beyond to fulfill the needs of the Shalom House clients. Their programs are both practical and innovative, teaching women to be self-reliant and empowered. Speaking with both current residents and graduates of the program really demonstrates the power for a few dedicated people to change the lives of so many women. Thank you, Shalom House, for providing essential services and support for women in need.

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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  

1 people found this review helpful

As the LCSW for Shalom House for the past 2 years, I have worked directly with the ladies of our great program. Our staff and volunteers go above and beyond everyday to try to make our program better and to empower our women to stability. Several times I have heard from clients that they know they can always get help without judgement from Shalom House. Shalom House is different! I'm proud to be a part of a mission that I believe in.

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

Seeing ladies move into their very own apartments and maintain housing permanently. I have seen ladies stay sober from anywhere from 1 month to 14 years! I have seen ladies who were once very physicall or mentally ill improve and able to care for themselves. I have seen ladies gain self-esteem and give back to Shalom House!

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

Make the transitional housing program larger. So many ladies need longer term housing to be able to stay stable. There aren't enough resources to help everyone we need to help.

Rating: 5 stars  

As a Board Member for the Shalom House, I have experienced the impact that this organization has on the lives of many women that are often part of a group that is forgotten. The energy and drive that the Board, Volunteers, Donors, and Associates have to make this non-profit successful is truly amazing! It has been a blessing in my life to see that all of the collective contributions can really make a difference is so many lives!

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

I have seen and heard of the success stories of the women that were once homeless and hopeless that have come to the Shalom House and went through the program and now able to self sustain and lead normal, happy and productive lives.

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

Make sure that the organization receives the Grant money and pledges on a timely basis so that they can continue to have an impact.

Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer of Shalom House, in a classroom setting, I am in a position to hear spontaneous comments directly from the residents. The residents always express that they are grateful and feel fortunate to be there. I never hear complaining, which I know to be unusual, based on my experience with similar organizations. I cannot imagine a better endorsement than this.

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

I have benefited by being honored when the women share their stories.

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

Help them raise money or find more people to do such!

Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at Shalom House during the summer of 2010 and had a simply fantastic experience. I was blown away by the dedication of the staff and the strength of the women they served. I now work there part time and I have the privilege of witnessing the determination and the courage that is a staple of Shalom House.

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

being able to get to know the residents and watch them attain their goals one day at a time.

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

spread the word and get even more people involved.

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