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United Community Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   44 reviews 565

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Job Training, Human Services

Address:

7511 Fordson Rd Alexandria VA 22306 USA

Mission:

UCM''s mission is to assist families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance and fosters their ability to function at the greatest level of their economic and social capacities.

Programs:

* The Bryant Early Learning (BEL) Center, offering quality child care for working parents and instruction in infant care for teenage mothers;* Basic Needs helps people in crisis meet basic needs and learn about resources for long-term self-sufficiency;* Back Porch Thrift Shop, where customers from a variety of economic backgrounds can find affordable bargains and clients can receive a voucher for the items they need;* Work Force Development Center, offers a variety of employment and self-employment services;* Supportive Housing programs offer transitional housing and a variety of housing counseling services; * Healthy Families; child abuse prevention and a child-nurturing program;* Family Renewal, provides a support group to homeless and formerly homeless families;* Youth In Action is designed to provide youth with activities and empowerment while improving the quality of their families' lives through a parent education component.

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Reviews for United Community Ministries, Inc.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

United Community Ministries (UCM) is an extraordinary agency that provides exemplary programs and services for indigent children, youth, adults, and families in a comprehensive and holistic fashion. For more than four decades, UCM's programs have empowered, uplifted, and inspired vulnerable residents in the mount Vernon Community.

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I have four years experience on the UCM Board and thus a unique opportunity to observe the staff, their effort and the results. UCM is a truly essential to the well being of over 6000 needy residents in this area of Fairfax County. Whether it's the family in need of food or shelter or freedom from domestic abuse UCM is the answer to the desperate. For the newly arrived in the US UCM provides language training , job training and placement to allow the individual to begin to contribute to their new homeland. UCM is deserving of support.

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UCM is a vitally important organization in our community. The thousands of people helped each year are striving to better themselves and thus, the whole community. The number of clients that UCM serves is growing daily.. I can't imagine what all of the clients would do without the help from UCM.

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?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

Just today, i wrote out the contact info of UCM for a family looking for handouts at Walmart. UCM is priceless to the South Alexandria, Mount Vernon area. I truly don't know how so many individuals and families would survive without UCM's steady support to our Community!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with UCM. I find it to be an excellent resource for those in need in our community. The wide range of services (food pantry, early childhood education, workforce training, etc) is a great safety net for our community. Services are provided with a great amount of compasion and caring. Contributions are managed well and spent to help those in need with a small administration cost.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in UCM's homeless walk, holiday room and food pantry. This is a caring well-run organization that helps our local familes in need. UCM is helping with food, utilities, job training, child care and so much more. The parents who come to the holiday room were so grateful for the help so that they could give to their children. They also received holiday food. It was a meaningful experience for me and UCM helps people daily with their needs and helps people to help themselves through job skills! It is an organization you would be proud to be a part of!

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

seeing parents joy in receiving help at the holidays and everyday at the food pantry.

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

provide more funds so that they can expand their job skills program to get people in need back to work!

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This is my favorite charity because UCM helps those in need while ensuring each family's personal needs and dignity. The services help families and children with housing, job training, children's education, food, clothing, utilities and more.

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

I have seen the families satisfied when their needs were met. The love and respect they received from the staff was just as important as the material items.

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

I would provide more funding so that more families could receive help.

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In my experience, UCM is an exceptional volunteer supported organization that goes above and beyond what is required to accommodate a myriad of volunteers who are in need of mandatory community service. From court-mandated volunteers to high school students in need of service hours, UCM invariable finds a volunteer opportunity for almost 100% of those who contact them. The winner of the a 2012 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award for having a volunteer program that is well-run and fully integrated within the organization, UCM normally seeks community service opportunities that will both contribute to the organization as well as it being meaningful for the volunteer.

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?

2012

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My family and I have supported UCM for more than 30 years. With the floundering economy, more and more people are losing jobs, losing their homes and are worried about the future of their children. UCM, with their caring staff, is there to help. I am extremely impressed with UCM's Bryant Early Learning Center. Education is provided, at a minimum cost, to children birth to 5 years of age so that parents can work or continue their education and to provide for their family. The Learning Center, which is located in a public high school, partners with Fairfax County to provide child care so that teen parents can earn their high school diploma. Without this program, many teen parents would have to drop out of school making their future very uncertain. UCM is dedicated to helping all those who need help and continues to find ways to serve the growing population of those less fortunate.

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Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been involved with UCM in some capacity for over 20 years. And I am still proud and amazed at the wonderful success stories on the families that have sought assistance at this organization. Many years ago, when a company that I worked for defaulted on their contract, I was able to receive assistance from UCM. Now I am pleased to be a donor and employee of this agency. Marvelous things happen at UCM because of the efforts of the donors, staff, volunteers and the community. It is a great place doing a great and needed work.

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Definitely

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

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with UCM since 1998 in many ways, and continue to be impressed by their scope of services and compassion for the community they serve. My daughter attended the Bryant Early Learning Center for 2 years of her early life and it was an awesome experience for her and me.

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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My family has been involved with UCM for nearly 13 years now, as donors, volunteers and utilizing their quality child care program. Their scope of services is remarkable for a locally based charitable organization from providing food and basic necessities, assisting with housing and employment skills to child care and youth empowerment programs, not to mention my favorite thrift store, The Back Porch! The dedication and compassion of the employees is unsurpassed.

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

My child received quality, affordable child care services to enable me to work.

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

Help UCM to better build their infrastructure and financial security to ensure that they will be around to help others for a very long time.

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I started working with UCM about a year ago because I was looking for part time work. I've lived in the Route One community for over 20 years, so I was familiar with UCM and its mission, but I had no idea of the scope of services that they offer to my community. They truly seek to help the needy in every facet to weather a short term crisis and become self sustaining for the rest of their lives. I am proud to be an employee of such a great organization.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

UCM's service to the community is long standing and far reaching. Its wide array of programs which each address critical needs help build stronger individuals, families and ultimately, communities. I have always been particularly impressed with the work UCM does to support children - the Bryant Early Learning Center prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed; Healthy Families programs are effective in promoting positive parenting and reducing child abuse; and UCM's Community Centers at Sacramento and Creekside Village provide safe places for youth during out of school hours where they can participate in tutoring and leadership development activities. UCM is a tremendous asset to the community - as a social work professional, they have my wholehearted support.

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?

2012

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