United Community Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, Human Services

Location: 7511 Fordson Rd Alexandria VA 22306 USA

Mission: UCM''s mission is to assist families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance and fosters their ability to function at the greatest level of their economic and social capacities.
Programs: * The Bryant Early Learning (BEL) Center, offering quality child care for working parents and instruction in infant care for teenage mothers;* Basic Needs helps people in crisis meet basic needs and learn about resources for long-term self-sufficiency;* Back Porch Thrift Shop, where customers from a variety of economic backgrounds can find affordable bargains and clients can receive a voucher for the items they need;* Work Force Development Center, offers a variety of employment and self-employment services;* Supportive Housing programs offer transitional housing and a variety of housing counseling services; * Healthy Families; child abuse prevention and a child-nurturing program;* Family Renewal, provides a support group to homeless and formerly homeless families;* Youth In Action is designed to provide youth with activities and empowerment while improving the quality of their families' lives through a parent education component.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

United Community Ministries (UCM) is an extraordinary agency that provides exemplary programs and services for indigent children, youth, adults, and families in a comprehensive and holistic fashion. For more than four decades, UCM's programs have empowered, uplifted, and inspired vulnerable residents in the mount Vernon Community.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

UCM's service to the community is long standing and far reaching. Its wide array of programs which each address critical needs help build stronger individuals, families and ultimately, communities. I have always been particularly impressed with the work UCM does to support children - the Bryant Early Learning Center prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed; Healthy Families programs are effective in promoting positive parenting and reducing child abuse; and UCM's Community Centers at Sacramento and Creekside Village provide safe places for youth during out of school hours where they can participate in tutoring and leadership development activities. UCM is a tremendous asset to the community - as a social work professional, they have my wholehearted support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

UCM has provided much needed services for a very diverse population for over forty years. It is difficult to comprehend were the needy families and children would be without the emergency services provided by this trusted agency. The longevity of the helpful staff speaks to the compassion and selflessness this organization employs both within and to the community. Thank you UCM for all that you have done and continue to do. Felicea

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

Look for ways to pay the employees more. They are so very deserving.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

The level of skill each employed provides when working with some of the most needy persons in the community.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have had patients who needed help with basic necessities for children or themselves and UCM is always there as a referral. They may have come in to me with their broken bone but medical help was not all what they needed. UCM is always there to help with the 'realiites' of daily living. Thank you for all your help in the community!

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

helping families that needed housing and education

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

nothing.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a social worker with a private agency I was always limited in the types of assistance I could provide clients. But, thankfully, I could refer people to UCM with the assurance that their needs would be addressed wisely and knowledgably. Over many years I have seen this agency grow into a better and better organization, with services that really address the needs of an increasingly needy and growing community. UCM has my total respect.

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

I have seen and talked with many clients who have received UCM assistance. I have also visited/ observed the Bryant Early Education Center, the Back Porch Thrift Shop and the Food Bank in action.

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

....I would find them larger operating spaces and I would increase their budget.

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