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November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

I simply enjoy volunteering with Union Station homeless Services in Pasadena. I've volunteered over the years with Dinners in the park, but for the past two years I've dedicated more time in helping out in other areas such as Connect Day, Fairs, and Special events. Homelessness is not just feeding, but there's ways to Rebuild their Lives!!! It's truly and Honor to get this opportunity in life to help others in need.

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Of seeing people get permanent housing!!!

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

Nothing, it's a great organization.

November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

My name is Stuart and for the past several months, I have had the distinct honor of helping Union Station Homeless Services of Pasadena, CA in a variety of volunteer roles. My personal story is a tragic one. A few years ago, I lost my beloved wife Nancy and my daughter and only child Alison, the light of my life, an amazingly compassionate and promise-filled human being. Since that time, I have been searching for meaning, purpose, and many times, simply the will to get up and face the day. After a great deal of searching, and bearing in mind 'what could I do that would make Alison really proud of me,' I signed up to volunteer for USHS. My work with the dedicated staff of USHS, their volunteers, and their clients has been deeply rewarding for me, and the expectation that I have made even a small difference in the lives of the homeless or soon to be homeless gives me considerable hope.

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My adult reading students have made considerable progress in the past several months. Their sense of accomplishment really warms my heart.

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

make more of an effort to engage the local, common-person resources

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

Union Station Homeless Services does an incredible job for it clients, the homless men, women, and children of the Greater Pasadena area. The dedicated staff and the range of services is superb. To see the work they do with families, as well as the growth in permanent housing is inspiring, and much of the money they raise goes to direct services. They serve thousands of homeless at Thanksgiving time, and what is particularly impressive of this organization is the tremendous number of volunteers who give their time to those in need, and how Union Station has developed programs to maximize the efforts of these volunteers.

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

seeing families move from a state of homelessness to permament housing and job support

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

work even harder to raise money for this worthwhile effort

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

Our Boy Scout troop has packed lunches for the Union Station Family Center once a month for the past 2 years and has helped set-up for Thanksgiving in the Park, serving 3,000 people, on Thanksgiving Day for the past 4 years. Union Station provides outstanding direct support to our local community and with a finely tuned staff, welcomes the support of their volunteers. Our school has cooked and served dinners at the Union Station Adult Center 6 times a year for the past 12 years. It is wonderful to see the high school students interact with those at the Adult Center--each sharing much with the other. Fabulous organization! Great services to clients and great community involvement.

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

observing the excellent services provided and working with clients in a volunteer role.

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

do nothing. If Union Station had more financial resources, they could serve more people, which would be fantastic.

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

The USHS group are dedicated, hard working and really go out of their way to make a difference. As Pasadena Weekly, Best of Pasadena 2010 has quoted, “Union Station Homeless Services was voted the Best Local Charity in Pasadena by Pasadena Weekly readers. As the Pasadena Weekly says, ‘The San Gabriel Valley’s largest and most comprehensive social services agency for our poor and homeless, Union Station is a beacon of hope for those in need and wishing to rebuild their lives.’”

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

The gift of giving back to the community.

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

Provide them more resources to help more families / individuals in need

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

Working with Union Station Homeless Shelter has been a wholly positive experience which effectively capitalizes on each volunteers strengths and talents in order to provide the best experience for their clients and candidates. I was interested to volunteer in a more integral capacity than I was allowed throughout my previous experiences serving meals for homeless in downtown LA. After brainstorming with their talented representatives we discovered that I would be best suited to teach piano lessons to the youth at their family center which I have been able to do almost every week for approximately 6-months and counting. It is a fantastic coincicence of interests that would not have been possible without the well organized administration that Pasadena's Union Station Homeless Shelteris so foruntate to have.

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

Helping the children develop and grow through learning to play the piano.

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

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November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

This is an excellent & reputable nonprofit organization to work with! They are most DEFinitely worth volunteering for!

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

utilizing my interpersonal skills.

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

There's nothing I would change! They're a nonprofit of great & good-hearted people! :)

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

I have used Sources job development program in 2004 and had great success! This year I have been working with my job developer, Rocio on updating my resume. We have had conversations in regards to a new carrer path that I am on. I just finished my mock interview and nailed it! I am looking forward to a job fair next week that Sources will provide transportation to. Mostly I am ready for that new job!

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

Getting work in the past as a result of using the job trianing skills that I learned at sources.

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Make sure that each individual would have the opportunity to find their passion as a client while really struggling with many issues beyond getting housing and a job. Much like having a therapist to work with at the same time. A case manager of sorts.

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

Helped with excellent resume, continued support after career development class, open door policy, lifetime career developer available, use of internet, phones, and media. Always have another place to call home. Thank you Union Station.

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Best resume I've ever created. Countless job opportunities.

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

Longer business hours.

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

My name is David Compton. 13 years ago I lost my life, family, job, home, car - everthing. With the help of Union Station Homeless Services I have regained my life and self respect. Without their help I don't know where I would be today. I was helped with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, finding a job Sources Career Development Program. I am presently employed with a career that I will one day be able to retire from. I can't thank them enough for all the time and effort they put into help saving a life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, career development and assistance in find work.

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

Not change a thing.

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