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February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

Union Station is providing a wonderful service, and uses the entire community to complete its mission. My family has volunteered for over 15 years, once every two months. Volunteering by making dinner for about 60 people per evening is rewarding service. It is a pleasure to cook for and serve the clients--they are very pleasant, they need the help, and they appreciate the assistance--it is the only place I get applause for my cooking!

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sitting with the clients when possible to eat dinner together.

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no suggestions at this time

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

I also volunteer at the Station. One reason I support this organization is the cost efficiency. I feel my money is not wasted with overhead and silly stuff. I see the literally hundreds of people fed in the park and every day there are families finding a safe place to stay, and good food to eat.
I urge you all to support this with me.

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I see this in the faces of the people served and i read the letters and testimonials of the myriad of people off the streets with a home and employment because of the leg up at the Station.

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Donate more money if i had it

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have volunteered for Union Station Homeless Services for many years and have been a witness to the great services they provide. They truly fill a need in the community

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The volunteer activities I have participated in and have witneseed how many people they have helped.

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There are no changes that I would make.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Union Station is a wonderful organization with amazing leadership, staff and participation by the community it serves. My family and I, for a few years now, have been volunteers and donors for their various programs. We believe in the genuine ability of Union Station to help members of our community in transition during difficult times. Union Station nurtures them and gives them the tools to be able to get back on their feet. Thank you, Union Station, for giving us this opportunity to give back and for taking care of our community.

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I toured the facilities and am impressed on how Union Station takes care of its clients. When we drop off the lunches, we see the warm atmosphere in the kitchen as clients are served. There were so many volunteers to serve dinners at the park during Christmas. Union Station was able to create a happy festive atmosphere for families.

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I would be more visible with the good things they do more frequently and continue to tap other members of the community for resources.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have been a volunteer for Union Station, Pasadena for many years, first: as overnight helper in the bad weather shelter at First Congregational Church, and later at the new facility on Raymond. Lately, I have been helping with cooking and serving dinner at their family shelter on Orange Grove near lake Ave.

I have been volunteering for several other charitable organizations, but can say without equivocation that Union Station has been the best-run and most efficient one that I have encountered. The supervisors and fellow-volunteers work together harmoniously and efficiently like clock work. Everyone is relaxed and friendly toward our clients in a very down-to-earth, yet discreet way. It is most gratifying that so many of them express their gratitude for serving them meals or for washing their laundry. Oftentimes I feel that I receive more in the way of encouragement and satisfaction than I gave as a volunteer.
I'm proud that Union Station is such an important part of our community. Erich Frey

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The overnight shelter, shelter for singles and in the family shelter at Orange Grove & Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA

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Please keept as is. It's being run very efficiently

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I work as a volunteer once a week at the family shelter, playing with the kids. I am so impressed with the genuine caring shown by all the staff to all the residents. I am also impressed by the services provided to the residents, tutoring for the kids, various kinds of counseling, job services and social services provided to the adults. The environment is helpful without being judgemental or preachy. Residents are expected to take responsibility for getting back on their feet and on with their lives, but they are guided in ways that provide real skills that residents can use to sustain themselves and their families over time.

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watching some of the children actually blossom during their stay. This is incredible to me given their family hardships, but the structured environment combined with the family services have real benefits for the kids.

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Brighten the interior in the common rooms a bit. The furniture is good, but the lighting is dim and some of the rooms look a little gloomy because of this. There are no good reading lights in the common rooms.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have been a volunteer & Board Member at USHS for over 7 years and it is an incredible organization. Everyone is focused on the mission of the organization and how to assist clients in rebuilding their lives. It is a wonderful group of people to work with and I highly recommend it.

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living in Pasadena and visiting the various locations. I have also referred people to USHS services and see the good results.

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help it to grow further to serve the increasing needs of the area

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Union Station is a wonderful treasure for our city. The services they provide help our community serve all our citizens in need with care and concern. Without Union Station the City of Pasadena and the surrounding communities would not be such a special place to call home.

Dennis and Susi
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February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

Food and shelter are the two basic neccesities of life that should be available to all. Unfortunately homelessness is becoming more common and not less. I am fortunate to have a home and have felt compeled to volunteer at agencies that aid the homeless. All these agencies do a wonderful job. However, Union Station in Pasadena is a particularly succesful organization. Furthermore it welcomes and makes it easy to volunteer. I have volunteered at the Thanksgiving and Christmas which is like a one big party. I also deliver a monthly sac lunch, which has been a lot of fun.

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I ahev met a family who was homeless for spell a few years back. Union Station helped this family get on their feet. This single mother is now a productive member of the community.

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If I could, I would hope for it to become unnecessary and obsolete.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have volunteered on several occasions with the Union Station Homeless Services and was very impressed by the dedication, love and education at each of the different centers. I had an incredible experience and volunteering really helped open my eyes and heart to people in general but especially in my community.

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seeing men, women, children and staff being treated with respect.

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I wouldn't make any changes to the organization.

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