United Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews

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Location: 1400 E. Lombard Street Baltimore MD 21231 USA

Mission: United Ministries is a housing and social justice organization dedicated to assisting homeless men who want to change their lives, and to changing community attitudes toward the homeless.
Results: Since our beginnings in 1997 almost one hundred and fifty men have been provided with a safe space, help and hope for the future
Target demographics: Men who are homeless and in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse in the Baltimore area.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 30 men
Geographic areas served: Baltimore City
Programs: Earl's Place Transitional Housing Program
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I also was a client of Earl's Place. I was helped immeasurably by this organization. There are amazing things happening there at earl's Place, Ms. Sheila H. is one of a kind. Her endless work at creating a very nice program that feeds, houses, and helps in many, many ways all whom are fortunate enough to enter their program. I only wish that there was more money available to this organization so that they could help even more people. They certainly deserve it

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

my own life, and as alumni I can still any day of the week rest assured in the knowledge that Sheila or her staff will be available at almost anytime if I have a problem or just need someone who understands to talk to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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10 people found this review helpful

United Ministries is an incredible organization. They are transforming people from homeless men on the streets to contributing members of society. These men are encouraged to share their stories. Our church looks forward each year to having a backyard bbq at Earl's Place (United Ministries's transitional housing). We share food, laughs, and stories with the men. We quickly learn that we are not that different than these folks who had a disease such as alcoholism ruin their lives. Once a year a couple of the men will come and speak at our church. We need to do more than just provide a hand-out or write out a check. We need to meet and understand those in need and give them a chance to understand us. I have reviewed their plan to expand and fully support it. Our church has offered our endowment as collateral if necessary because we believe in United Ministries's mission.

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

meeting the men who are current clients and those that have "graduated" back in to society.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have lower overhead. The money we give goes to the mission. For my 25th wedding anniversary we had a party and asked folks to give gifts to United Ministries. It is a cause I felt good about asking my family and friends to support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most of the staff are former clients who can relate to the client's needs. The director, Shelia, is an exceptional person who cares deeply and is an inspiration to everyone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to support more men and save these men from homelessness. If space allows they could consider women and families also.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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13 people found this review helpful

I have personally seen the impact this program makes in the lives of the people they serve. I have seen men go from living on the streets to graduating from college with honors. United Ministries’ Earl’s Place program doesn’t put band-aids on gaping wounds; it rebuilds lives! This program gives its residence a chance to repent, rehabilitate and restore their lives. Every facet of the individual is included in this ministry of transformation. When I give a donation to United Ministries, I know that I am helping to make a difference. I know that my support of United Ministries is helping to change our world, one (whole) life at a time. Lois C. St. Mark's UCC Baltimore, MD

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

watching a friend complete and excel in the Earl's Place program. This friend recently celebrated 8 years of sobriety and is dedicated his life to helping others!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing results and knowing that my support is making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to serving and rebuilding lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change thousands of lives!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I have found Earl's Place to be a great place for rehabilitation for men. It is a necessity in the community for the men to renew values and get a better sense of direction. I'm a member of an organization- Ravens's Roost #69 and a private donor to Earl's Place. As a Roost member, we usually visit and watch a football game with the residence at least one a year.The residence are always respectful and thankful for our visit. We also share food and great conversations during our visit. The Executive Director, Shelia Helgerson is a wonderful, hard working and caring person. It has given me great pleasure to know and support her in what she is doing for the residents. May Earl's Place continue its purpose for years to come. April Cox Ravens Roost #69

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sincerity of the staff and the appreciation from the residence when we visit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

When I came into Earl's Place I was totally lost and alone. I had no clue how I was going to function in the world without drugs and alcohol. I didn't even know that that world existed. Earl's place showed me a way of life that was far better than the one that I was living. I was homeless, restless, irritable and very disontent with life and Earl's Place showed me how to live life on life's terms. As a direct result of that, today I am successful in life and in my recovery.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

giving back what they gave to me... Freedom from self.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I love what Earl's Place does to help the men get their lives back. I have been donating for several years now and even though i don't live in Maryland anymore, I still donate when I can. I always loved getting to meet the men that were being helped they were always so grateful.

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

Seeing the men succeed and grow.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoyed helping with the dinner dance auction that helped raised funds for Earl's Place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is wonderful no other words can describe.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a bigger place with more bed to help so many more men! The things they could do would be amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

What I have heard from the men at Earl's Place is that they are very glad to be there. Most of them go to school, get diplomas or degrees,get a job and their own apartment. Many have come to my church and tell about their happy experience at Earl's Place. They have much- praise for the officers who run the place.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Men have come to my church to tell their story how they were on drugs and Earl's Place help them get their life straightened out

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build other facilities so more men could have a better life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

In my considred expeience, I found Earl's Place and Ms. Shelia to be of ENORMOUS help tp me and others that I personally witnessed. Sheila always takes the time to be helpful on an individual basis to all with whatever special needs they require. I have never been in a better place where staff cares so genously and sincerely as Earl's Place

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

Their helping me to get my birth-certificate from Washington, D.C., and my Social Security card as well as State I.D.

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

see above

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Ms. Seila will go out on the limb got you to help in any way possible

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly,knowegable and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to the very BEST source of help in Baltimore City

Ways to make it better...

Ms. Sheila ha more qualied help

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the typ of staff that matches the dedication that Ms. Seila shows on a daily basis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I was capable of helping on a more peopsonal level.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Despite the rave reviews, there exist an under current of racism. The clients are well aware of how it is employed, yet say nothing for fear of termination from the program. I will say that time and practices would reveal a very different director than first impression would have it. Everythng that glidders isn't gold.

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

Relatively open minded perspective and have concluded that the program is desperately needed, but needs new blood. The truth is obvious if you look closely at it. I pray for you Sheila.

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

Ways to make it better...

black and white residents were treated equally. It was obvious that whites recieved better treatment than blacks. Sheila was very nice to us all, but this was a cover up for her personal failures.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Earl's Place is one of my favorie local charities.I have met several of the clients in recent years and they all have a very inspiring story to tell. They speak of the how United Ministries has gotten them back on their feet after an extremely hopeless outlook.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The inspiring success stores told by clients upon completion of their stay at Earl's Place

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and serve more homeless clients

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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