The Jonah Project

Rating: 4.93 stars   229 reviews

Address:

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

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Jonah Project is quirky little ministry down in the heart of Skid Row. It's front doors open to what's referred to as "Crack Alley," but that's exactly where it's leaders want it to be. Their first priority as a non-profit is to help others in need, but not just with another cheap meal or bottle of water, but to give them something else, something greater. Pastor Patrick and Jedi give the down-and-out a community, a family, and a dignity through the Jonah Project. With comfy couches, cafe tables, and coffee brewing throughout the week, the interior is set up to cultivate this community.
As a volunteer, the pastor's emphasis on relationship is definitely reflected in the volunteer work. Most of the time spent is more relationship-oriented rather than task-oriented. Although sometimes volunteer work there may seem unproductive, that is not to the point. The point is not to be productive, but to love and to recognize and reflect Christ's love for others in this place. It's a beautiful thing when the purpose shifts from "what can we do" at Skid Row to "how can we love."
I really am grateful to be a part of this ministry and hope you'll have a chance to give them a try and began building relationships and recognizing the many things our friends on Skid Row have to offer as well.

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

my perspective on ministry and on others. That ministry, like Mother Teresa said, is not about doing "great things, but doing small things with great love."

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

not change much. Give them more money, haha.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I came here as a part of another organization. It was a one-time experience, but the fact that the Jonah project was there for ordinary people like me to be a part of, was wonderful. The people that I met serving for the Jonah project seemed to put all their hearts and bodies into the homeless. I was blessed by the experience and so glad that the Jonah project was there for the homeless.

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

The fact that it has been there for several years and that the people around there know where to go for not only physical but emotional care, shows me that God is working through this organization!

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

It's difficult for me to give any suggestions as I only experienced the project for a day.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jonah project is not just another non profit providing food and necessities to the homeless. It is a home to many who call skid row their home. The many homeless people I have had the privilege to meet all love the jonah project. I ask them why, and the common response is, it has a good feeling inside. That their is a positive energy and safety at jonah project. The staff and leadership at Jonah Project is incredible. Talk about people who sacrifice everything for the love of another. I could go on for days about JP and all its wonder.

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

my life as I volunteered down at Jonah project.

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

give them more money so they would have the capability to make desired changes.

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

CAME TO THE PROJECT IN JANUARY OF 2009..IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE GENEROSITY, HONESTY, AND CONSISTENCY THAT WAS SHOWN TO NOT ONLY THE HOMELESS BUT TO THOSE THAT WERE SPIRITUALLY IN LIMBO ALSO..THE DEDICATION OF THE PASTORS AND THERE STAFF WAS BOTH AMAZING AND INSPIRING..AS I BECAME MORE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT ALOT OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD ABOUT MY OWN PURPOSE SOON HAD ANSWERS..AND TO THIS DAY THE [ASTORS AND I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP

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

YES

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

NO CHANGES NECESSARY

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This place is just simply awesome. You feel bless once you walk in and see how many people (volunteer, homeless, pastors) are just hanging out as if they were in a living room (actually it is a living room)! The pastors are especially welcoming and loving. They just want to dig into your hearts and see how they can pray for you or at least get you a bottle of Sunny Delight. They have many programs and many plans to supplement those programs such as GED classes, a walk in closet for people who lacks clothing, and spiritual counseling. If you want to feel God's presence then this is the place.

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

Skid Row while serving as a Relational Team Leader. What we do is we walk around Skid Row offering a smile, a friendly conversations or prayers.

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

Make a dorm rooms for those who want to "camp" in Skid Row or something for long terms..internship?

 
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