Union Gospel Mission Of Tarrant County

Rating: 3.2 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: PO Box 2144 Ft. Worth TX 76113 USA

Mission:

Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County is a local united Christian organization and ministry dedicated to providing love, hope, respect, and a new beginning to the homeless.  UGM-TC offers a holistic program of care that leads to true, lasting healing. All Mission services aim toward productive independence for each individual, regardless of race or religious beliefs.


Programs:   A study done by University of North Texas’ School of Public Health, as well as a  Star-Telegram news series, brought to light the desperate situation faced by the homeless in our community who are without access to rudimentary health care. Too many of them are women and children.

Union Gospel Mission’s Healing Shepherd Clinic opened in late 2008 to provide free primary medical and preventive services to the residents and guests of Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. Following the model of Volunteers In Medicine, an international organization dedicated to providing health care for all people, Healing Shepherd Clinic relies on volunteer physicians, nurses, clerical and support staff. 

A specially liscensed Family Practice Nurse Practitioner provides accessible, compassionate care for the Mission’s men, women and children as well as oversees clinic operation. 

Healing Shepherd Clinic provides a needed service to both the homeless population and to the community at large by taking pressure off local emergency rooms which are currently the indigent person’s only option for care; as well as reducing the hospital’s financial burden.

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Community Reviews

Rating: 2 stars  

I am so saddened by the reviews from the residents. I have volunteers at UGM in the past and of course, enjoyed it. No one should have that experience and feel that way about a non profit organization that is solely there the help support and show compassion for those in need. I hope that this gets looked into and will also do what I can to research the matter.

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

Focus on the residents and truly help them change their lives for the better. It seems to be lacking.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

I was not only a volunteer but also a former resident. The staff is great in front of volunteers but behind the scenes they berate and belittle the residents. I will never again do anything to help the organization. I have watched the kitchen staff (not chefs, there are no chefs there) serve food that was bad. This mission was started with good intentions but has now become more about raising money, Donations are sorted and the best items are put aside and taken to a sale they have each year. the people that donate think the stuff is going to residents and to help those that get apartments to furnish them. but what is given upon move out is usually trash. Some examples former residents were given a coffee maker but no coffee pot. Tv's that don't work and furniture that was broken and completely unable to be used. when residents called they were told they should be glad they got anything.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at Union Gospel Mission in 1995 and have done so each week for all these years. It is my opportunity to give back to those that are unfortunate enough to find themselves without a home. I am the one to benefit from helping them, not the other way around. I pray each time I go that God will place someone in my path and that I will make a difference in their lives. I leave each Monday with a smile on my face because I am so blessed to volunteer for such an organization that makes an impact on hurting people lives. I have seen some amazing people turn their lives around with the help and love that comes from Union Gospel Mission.

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  

what a blessing and honor to be a volunteer at the ugm. I LOVE serving meals to our residents and guests, help with the children, serve for special events and help in general.. i never leave the ugm without learning something meaningful from someone i serve.. every person is gracious and beautiful. i am a better person for my volunteering.

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

so many ways. love interacting a si learn from our guests

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

want more people to have the experience i do

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

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

truthfully it is an honor to be here.

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

makes me realize even more G d's complete grace. i meet other volunteers and grow with them as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

appreciative and to live a life where i know i am helping

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Rating: 5 stars  

My history with UGM is short, but it has been an amazing twelve months. It is real easy to think that all is well in the world, or at lease here at home where everyone is supposed to be warm and comfortable, and eating three meals a day. UGM is my reality check and when I don't get to be with them every weekend, I feel useless. In my short experience, it is evident that the staff is invested in this ministry. It is a privilege working with other volunteers in helping the dedicated staff relieved the burden of the residence as well as bless the guests. Working side-by-side with staff and volunteers has brought meaning to my life and I can only pray that the residence and guests feel the same. Initially, working with the homeless was my main focus, but now encourage the staff and trying to fill in the gap for them is uppermost in my mind, especially if I am not there. I thank God for this ministry and I give glory to God for allowing me to help in any way I can in this ministry.

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

I am sure there are changes that could be made, but the staff are amazing, the front desk is amazing, but I do not know all aspects to the organization.

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?

Some

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

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

Well, I guess it would be to hire me full-time so I could quite my day job?

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

becoming more Biblical. care for the widows, children, and those in need.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

wanting to be there more, help more, wondering how I can become more involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at Union Gospel Mission for about three years. I work in the kitchen helping to serve meals to the residents of the mission and the guests. The atmosphere is very friendly and inviting. The chefs do miraculous things with the donations of food they are provided. I am always amazed each time I go with what dishes the chefs have created for the evening meal. The people continually come back and tell us how good their meal was. The meals are always appetizing and I secretly hope each time that there are leftovers for me to enjoy. They also do their best to make accommodations for anyone with special dietary needs. I have found the employees to be very welcoming to the volunteers, residents, and guests. It is always a fun atmosphere and I never mind the time I have dedicated for this organization. I believe that Union Gospel Mission is providing a valuable service for the homeless in our community. By providing for the basic needs of food a shelter, counseling, job placements and support, this organization is allowing these individuals to repair their lives and helping to bring an end to homelessness.

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  

1 person found this review helpful

Best place EVER to spend my free time! The staff is always fun to be around and they treat the homeless like the REAL PEOPLE they are with real stories. They never look down on them.

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?

2011

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