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January 3, 2010

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January 3, 2010

The Gospel Mission has provided shelter and meals for the homeless and near homeless of Sioux City, Iowa for the last 73 years. It was started by an old railroad worker by the name of Henry Plummer. They serve around 60,000 meals per year and provide nightly shelter for as high as 60 to 70 People. They provide these services free for anyone that is in need no matter what a person's background is. Also, they have counseling services as well as medical services. The Gospel Mission has an Outlet Store that provides clothes and furniture at an extremely low price or for free if a person is totally destitute. The Gospel Mission also has a sister work for homeless and abused women and children in a seperate building across the street from the main mission building. Thank you for your consideration of this very fine work. I would be happy to coordinate a visit for you with the administrator of this fine work.

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

helping serve meals and organize volunteers to serve meals and do other work there.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to make more people aware of the Gospel Mission through more advertizing so that more people could help with the work that goes on there.

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

it helps people that have no where else to turn to get their needs met.

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

friendly, efficient and helpful.

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

start 10 other volunteer organizations to help the needy.

Ways to make it better...

I spent more time there.

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

having enough money to meet the need in our community.

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

I am extremely grateful that this need is being address in our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 14, 2009

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December 14, 2009

The Sioux City Gospel Mission serves a tremendous need in the Siouxland area. Our family helps serve dinner there a couple of times a year. What I noticed about the mission is how it treats its visitors and volunteers and the general public -- the same. All are equal in their eyes. It has made a lasting impression upon my kids by showing the compassion to those that are less fortunate -- inasmuch that they serve in capacities like this on their own.

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

its people (both the staff and the served).

Ways to make it better...

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

try and help understand its ability to transition people from homelessness back to the community.

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

the way the mission looks past socio-economic status, race, gender, and any problems in order to help the unfortunate.

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

very matter-of-fact, authentic, with tasks ahead of them in mind towards the common goal of all --- to help others.

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

help more from a vocational rehabilitation standpoint -- develop more programs in increaseing self esteem and education in order to find God's gifts given to homeless. The mission could also help model its success to other areas with similar struggles.

Ways to make it better...

sometimes too many volunteers during the holidays and not enough throughout the rest of the year.

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

voc-rehab to the community. Additional funding and continuing to find quality staff/volunteers would help tremendously. The Mission has been extremely successful in targeting and retaining professionals (paid and volunteer) in completing its mission.

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

The Mission is doing the best that the currently can do with the means available to them (staff, volunteers, and limited budget).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

Sioux City Gospel Mission is awsome. I have been involved as a vendor and a volunteer. I have seen men end up at the mission and turn their lives around to be productive members of our society. I have also worked with men who can not be a productive member of our society, and the mission becomes their home. They are all loved and cared for equally, as far as I can see. The Sioux City Gospel mission plays a very important role in our area to reach out to those who are in need. The staff is the BEST.

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

their committment to reach out in the name of Christ, to whom ever passes through their doors with love and respect.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

I have been involved with the Sioux City Gospel Mission for the last 5 years. In that time I have seen Siouxlanders perception of their ministry move from one of "for drunk, down and outers" to realizing "they not only serve the homeless but affect the lives of whole families in this tri-state area".

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

Seeing residents take responibility and pride in caring for the facility. Recently a resident who is legally blind and working at the mission went from being an angry man to a pleasant, humerous gentle man.

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

Building relationships not only with staff but also individuals who use their services.

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

Always willing to help in anyway they can.

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

become self sustaining. I see the Mission starting several businesses that could give job opportunities to their clients, on the job training ie chefs school, a larger facility to house a learning center and dormitory.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

I have know about the Sioux City Gospel Mission for years. Ive helped at the building over the years with construction projects and currently serve on the board. The Gospel mission works very diligently to fullfill its mission of feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, sheltering the homeless and leading them to Christ. I am always impressed to hear of the impact in mens lives that result from the great efforts of all the staff and God working thru them to lend a hand to those who need it most . The new programing recently added to help the men and women vocationally as well as spiritual mentorship will be another step in sharing Gods love for all .

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

Board involvement

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

getting to know the staff and clients there

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

God centered, willing to share of themselves, great people

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

pay off the mortage and expand family as well as womens shelter facilities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 10, 2009

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December 10, 2009

The Sioux City Gospel Mission offers its hand out to groups in need across our entire community. I am active in several nonprofit organizations including Junior Achievement, Sioux City Marathon, Local Community Centers and the Gospel Mission and its staff is always willing to lend resources to further the mission of other organizations. I am particularly impressed by Vernon Meyer of the Gospel Mission for all the programs he has put in place and for his personal mentoring of the homeless. He is truely an inspiration. This last fall we were able to make a huge impact for the children of our community by giving away backpacks with school supplies to over 4,000 students. Many of these students wouldn't have been able to afford the proper supplies to start school. We were able to insure that they all started school on an equal footing with their peers. Let me share with you a quick story. Toward the end of the day we gave away the back packs a young man came up to me and said "I've been walking all day to get here. I am an Iraqi veteran. My mother died and now I have nothing. Can you help me." I helped him get enrolled so he could spend the night and get a drink of water and he was out there helping us unload the trucks. The one of the other men started to mentor him and encourage him to think of using the GI bill to get an education. A month later I stopped by the Mission to pick up some resources for JA that Vernon was loaning us for the day. I was greated with a big smile by the young man. He had started to work at the Mission and had secured another job as well. He had a plan to go out on his own in the next month. This is just one story. The Sioux City Gospel Mission is changing lives and giving people, including our veterans, the leg up they need to get back into being productive members of our society. They are doing God's work and I applaud them for their commitment. I am a better man for being involved with their efforts.

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

how they are changing the lives of children and people who are homeless

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more resources to expand their work.

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

the friendship I have developed with their staff particularly Vernon Meyer whose leadership inspires me to do more for others.

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

kind, intelligent, thoughtful, and truely lived the life Christ showed us.

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

create a program that would be a model for the entire nation in bringing the homeless back into the work force. They are already doing this with their partnership with Western Iowa Tech to bring education opportunities to the homeless.

Ways to make it better...

I could have had more time to help them.

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

apathy on the part of many people in the community who don't see the need to help others.

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

I've volunteered with organizations in New York City, DC, Chicago, London, Tokyo, and I have never seen one as effective at helping the poor. They are already a model organization in my view.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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