THE JONAH PROJECT

Rating: 4.93 stars   236 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 138 Whiting St Apt C % Jeremiah Herrian El Segundo CA 90245 USA

Mission:

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jonah Project is an amazing organization that really invests everything that they have into the streets of skid row. They do their best bringing hope back into that hopeless place. And they are so persistent in loving these people, it blows my mind. I have served with them for a year and the things I have experienced are crazy. And they have been doing this for years now. The Jonah Project is really the oasis of Skid Row, and they are serving these homeless people and drug addicts with so much endurance and with really a 'supernatural' love. they amaze me. Respect.

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

I have seen a few people really change their way of life; that they got of the streets and off of drugs. This is a long and difficult process though. But many for the first time get to see a glimpse of hope through the jonah project.

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

There is not much that I would change. I would try getting more long term staff and volunteers form the outside, so that not all of the responsibility would have to be on the shoulders of the leaders, Mary and Patrick Ersing.

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They would need a bit more of organization, and leadership. Which is a clear result of not having enough long term staff and volunteers.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Being at the jonah project I gained allot soft skills. it was an amazing experience. One of the staff mentored me through out the process and it really shaped me into who I am today. The Jonah Project made Skid Row one of my favorite places in Los Angeles.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I gained allot of self confidence. It made me feel like I could really make a difference in some ones life. Even though the climate of skid row isn't the best I always loved being down there, even though I would smell like weed and piss when coming back, it was totally worth it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I go down to the Jonah Project 2 times a week.
It is amazing what they do, and with what love and compassion they serve the people on skid row. The Jonah project is really a light down in the dark allies of skid row. It really gives people hope again. It shows that they are loved, and not forgotten.

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

I think it is amazing just to see a place, where the "unwanted" can come in so freely, and feel loved. I believe that this makes a difference in so many peoples lives. It gives the people hope...

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

I cant think of something i would change. i mean, yes... they are not perfect. but i believe that they do every thing as good as they possibly could. and not for their own benefit, but just because they love the people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non profit truly changed my life. I got a new perspective on how people in skid row live and if the Jonah Project is willing to be down their 24/7, that shows true commitment and character. God is doing his work through these people and making a difference. They are incredible!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jonah Project is so amazing! the people here are wonderful and try to help no matter what. God is working through these people and helping those in need.

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

By helping serve.

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

I wouldn't.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jonas Project has changed mine and the whole youth ministry at Knott Avenue Christian Church's perspective of heart. We all now realize that God has really come down on the Jonah Project and provided love. We all can't wait to go back and sing Happy Birthday songs, Serve Food, and help clean up the community :]

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

Seeing how they have really touched the community.

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

Help them get a bigger place and more furniture so that everyone can have a place to sit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jonah Project touches many people on the streets of Los Angeles...they are reaching out to the people that many would count out but not due to this team. I have seen them in action and they are making such a great impact on their area. One day because of their efforts skid row will no longer be homeless, but fully residential. And it is because of people like this.

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

first person...they truly care about these people and are changing lives.

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

This team is fully functional and do not need to make changes...well the only change I would make is be able to fund them to see their dream come true

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jonah Project touches many people on the streets of Los Angeles...they are reaching out to the people that many would count out but not due to this team. I have seen them in action and they are making such a great impact on their area. One day because of their efforts skid row will no longer be homeless, but fully residential. And it is because of people like this.

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

first person...they truly care about these people and are changing lives.

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

This team is fully functional and do not need to make changes...well the only change I would make is be able to fund them to see their dream come true

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen the amazing affects of the Jonah Project as well as have a friend Volunteering in it. It is doing amazing things and is a huge blessing for the community!

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

The affect it has had on my friend and the affect it is having in the community

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

Bless it even more then God has already blessed it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been hearing so much about the Jonah project and how amazing it is so I decided to check it out of myself and my goodness they weren't joking. This organizataion is awesome. They help so many people l and over all that they love them. Its so exciting to see people being pro active going out and making a difference.

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

Our church has grown since this ministry has started people feel so loved by this organization that they come to the church where it all started.

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

I really don't think I would make changes, how I would improve it though is to raise up people in other hurting communities to do the same. Although I know that wll happen as the organization gets bigger.

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Rating: 5 stars  

the jonah project is amazing, they help so many on a daily basis, and all the people who work there are so humble and are truely a blessing tho those they are helping, they are takeing a huge step of faith by helping the part of the community that others foget about or could careless about

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

volunteer

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

to get more money

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Rating: 4 stars  

Our youth group Rise Up volunteered this past Saturday with the Jonah Project. It was an amazing experience in more ways than one. The Jonah Project has a great urban, artsy feel inside, and is a place of belonging for many. Many of our youth were witnessing skid row and the vastness of homelessness for the first time. The Jonah project daily makes a difference by cleaning trash from Skid Row, providing a warm meal, a new fresh change of clothing, and most importantly they share Christ's love with those in hard situations. It was eye opening and challenging to know that we were impacting people for one day, but the Jonah Project does this on a daily basis as their mission. The Jonah project is a home for those that don't have one, and they are family to many who don't have any. They are doing amazing sacrificial work among the streets of Skid Row.

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

I think I personally seen the results of this organization by witnessing those within the Jonah Project that are regulars. They have a sense of belonging which shows that the ministry of the organization is producing fruit. Another huge result is just the people that have accepted Christ through the relational time and of sharing God's word.

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

I would advertise more to churches for help with clothing that is needed in various seasons and for volunteers to love those on the streets, and maybe choose a better menu for the people who were being served.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jonah Project was awesome! I loved serving there and I loved helping out Patrick and the gang. From handing out food, cleaning up trash on the streets, and just building relationships with the people on skid row, the Jonah Project is really making a positive difference in the LA community

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

A lot of people that come to the jonah project would tell us how thankful they are. Also, we are working on starting something like the Jonah project at home

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

the JP is doing a great job! no changes that I could see

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