VALLEY MISSION INC

Rating: 4.67 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1513 W. Beverley Street Staunton VA 24401 USA

Mission: Valley Mission is a non-profit organization offering shelter, support, hope and God's love to the homeless. Basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and spiritual encouragement are provided to all.
Geographic areas served: Virginia - Augusta County, Rockbridge County, Highland County

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I want to write not just about the homeless folks who live there. I also want to write about the angels who work there. The so called miracles that touch the human spirit. Beverly,the Chaplain is a special angel. In the face of adversity and challenges we all face in our lives from time to time.Beverly knows how to open minds and hearts to God. She can definitely make the blind see,the blind as in showing folks the way to better lives. Folks seeing light at the end of the tunnel and strenghtens the rope for folks just hanging on a string. My wife Wendy works there and was having lunch with her. She is also an angel. I can see deeply in her soul when it comes to the mission and what she wants to accomplish.The smile she gives and the respect for the folks that happen to be down on their luck. Heather is another angel who works well with the families and happened to come to Wendy's office to look for a few books to entertain 2 children. She could have grabbed any book. She searched and searched through the pile for something that she felt in her heart that the children would enjoy. There are many other angels within the mission who work together to bring light into the mission. I see the smiles of the folks living there for they can see and feel hope. Warm clean beds,good meals and clean facilities. Through our busy lives we run past the homeless. Some we can see who are begging in the street and some we dont see who are living under a bridge or in a alley way. Everyday people just like you and me who dont have anywhere to go. The homeless dont have any particular face. There are some people who throw scraps from their tables and treat them like animals. Some give dirty clothes so they can feel that they atleast gave something. At Valley Mission everyone is treated with human dignity. Donations are checked to make sure of wholesomeness. At Valley Mission donations are crucial. Some are sold in the thrift stores to help with operations and many items are given to those living there in need. At Valley Missions people dont feel like they are low on the totem pole. Everyone living there are treated well and with dignity.

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

I personally received joy in giving. On Christmas Day I will smile at the thought of the person who opens the box and receives brand new work boots I bought

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

Outgoing and friendly

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Our work group prepared and served lunch at the Valley Mission in late October. We served between 30 and 40 people. We were impressed by the clean and orderly appearance of the center including the kitchen and all other facilities. The Valley Mission provides a safe, clean and warm enviornment for those in need. They also provide support in many ways to assist residents in becoming self-sufficient.

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

Fellowship

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

I was very impressed with the experience and professionalism of the staff.

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

Provide support, food and shelter for all of the homeless in Augusta County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have served food at the Valley Mission. I love that they provide housing and laundry, divide up chores for the residents there, encourage the residents to seek employment, and provide needed services for them.

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

Their willingness to work with volunteers. They have an incredible amount of flexibility with their structure.

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

always kind, polite and straight forward

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

multiply its impact on the Staunton Community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I thoroughly enjoyed serving lunch at the Mission and would gladly do this again. The Mission is very well run and the staff are dedicated, compassionate and loving. The Mission provides a vital service for this community and deserves our full support.

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

very hospitable and dedicated. I was very impressed with their enthusiasm, commitment and love for those involved in the mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I came with the Fort Defiance High School Family, Career, and Consumer Sciences Department (FCCLA). It was a great experience and was very rewarding. The reactions of the people that we served gave me great success. As a student, the Valley Mission is a wonderful place for us to see a direct impact on our efforts.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my expeience with this nonprofit is that it provides young people especially with great opportunities for social skills. This program also greatly showed an affect to our local community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We've been volunteering here weekly for about two years and have always been treated well. They appreciate our effort, even allowing our children to work with us. They are open to ideas of how to do things better and are willing to try new things that will help their residents.

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

Allowing our family to see the homeless in a different light...as real people with stories to tell.

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

Eliminate the suffering of many, many people in our area

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've had the pleasure of working with Valley Mission in two different ways. We have been reuglar contributors to the Mission store and have always found the staff to be friendly, apporachable and efficient. More immportantly, I have asked the Director of the Valley mission over the past six years to come and talk to college students about the Mission and her own experiences and activities and she has been articulate and passionate, and her own commitment to mission has been evident to the studeents. Moreover, I have placed a number of college students in Vally Mission over the past few years, and they have always had fulfilling experiences working with the residents, the staff, and other volunteers. In short, I only have words of unqualified praise for the work of Valley Mission in this community.

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

their public relations to the broader community

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

provide them with greater sustained financial support.

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

personable and efficient and genuinely rooted in mission

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

friendly and very sensitive to diverse backgrounds and life stories.

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

fulfill its mission not only in this communmity but throughout Western Virginia.

Ways to make it better...

none

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

finanical and space needs

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I spent a week last summer doing volunteer work as part of a summer class project designed to help students learn mre about their communities. As a longtime resident of the Staunton area, I have shopped frequently at the Mission's (excellent) thrift store, known people who have stayed at the Mission for varying lengths of time and served many meals during there while helping with church youth groups. I was delighted to have the opportunity to actually spend a fairly prolonged period of time (about 12 hours, over the course of two weeks)inside the Mission. I was impressed by the professionalism with which the shop is managed: It's a big undertaking. I was also delighted by the friendliness and genuine caring siaplayed by Mission employees toward their clientele.

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

The chance to see the inner workings of so vital a compoenet of our community. (It's our only fulltime shelter for the homeless)

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

Exceutives, food service personnel and thrift store employees.

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

Buiild a new building -- or expand its exisitng facilities -- to include space for more people, and for more services, such as the GED programs now tucked into odd spaces that come available.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Early in December, my husband, daughter, and I shared a 30 minute musical program with the residents of the Valley Mission as a kick-off to their "12 Days of Christmas" celebration. Although we were familiar with the work of the Valley Mission and have assisted in small ways previously via our church, this was our first real experience as a family to share our gifts in an intimate setting at the mission. We were thrilled at not only the number of persons that attended the program but also at the level of involvement of the residents. They joined in to sing Christmas carols and songs and were so enthusiastic. The chaplain, Beverly Johnson, had arranged for us to be there and it was obvious that she is a key role in providing additional programs as well as encouraging the residents to participate in them. The day that we were scheduled to be at Valley Mission was the same day that my husband was laid off from his job. In the midst of our own discouraging news, our hearts were uplifted by the spirit and joy we saw at the Valley Mission. We truly applaud the work of the Valley Mission. Not only are they meeting physical needs of food and shelter for those that need it, but they are providing emotional and spiritual support to their residents and creating an environment of hope and faith that goes beyond their circumstances. We eagerly look forward to serving at the Valley Mission in the future.

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

gracious, kind, caring persons. They are genuinely interested in the persons they come in contact with at the Valley Mission and it is obvious that what they do is far more than a job to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

the Valley Mission is a vital piece of this community's aid to the underprivaledged. My experience has been first rate with any of the volunteers and/or employees. They are great to work with.

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

donating appliances to them. They pick up quickly and were very friendly.

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

always very open and friendly. I have met with them professionally and personally and they are wonderful, dedicated people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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