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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

There are a lot of nonprofits that, somewhere along the line, lose sight of their original purpose to serve a community and instead end up serving themselves. While I've seen this with a lot of organizations which aim to help people experiencing homelessness, United Ministries is not one of them. Volunteering with Earl's Place gave me a chance to see that the staff puts clients' outcomes first. They are committed to helping the men who come through the program to overcome the obstacles in their lives that keep them from being who they want to be. And it shows. So many lives have been transformed by United Ministries, and it is absolutely heartwarming to hear how proud the staff is of each person who comes through the program. I am so proud to be able to support United Ministries in its mission!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have often heard the residents testify to the change Earl's Place has made in their lives. I've worked beside residents as they've served at a local soup kitchen. I've also provided gifts at Christmas.

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23 people found this review helpful

This group is fantastic. Earl's Place transforms lives! The men often go to school, get jobs, and reconnect with their families. The staff does a super job relating to them.

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

changing lives.

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

getting to work with the men.

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

committed.

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

expand its facility.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had to think for a moment when chosing the "Your Role" category...everytime I have had an encounter with United Ministires, and Earl's Place in particular...I have found while there may have been a moment of giving on my part, I walk away having learned, discovered, been challenged and stretched at times to take in the scope of transformation happening through the hearts and minds of this organization. Much is to be credited to the leadership and love that guides this process along for it is done in such a way that welcomes and encourages a true and gentle, nurtured and strengthened different way to live. Time, financial resources, learning opportunities...you may not even realize just yet what you have to offer the sojourners you will encounter, but believe this, you will be changed by it!

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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: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer and donor and professional with experience in this area, I thought this was superbly done. The residents seem happy and on their way to a full recovery. I thought that the Executive Director, Sheila Helgerson, was responsible for how well Earl's Place was doing as a result of her personality and people skills.

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

seeing the residents all healing and doing well. Earl's Place is a very positive experience.

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

certainly expand, and provide not only transient housing, but permanent housing as residents graduate.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

I continue to be vastly impressed with the level of care offered to the men living at Earl's Place. It is a true home, a place where there is great comfort, honesty and understanding. One need only to walk through the door and speak with one of the residents to see how great opportunity to turn things around in their lives is given to the residents.

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

the real sense of community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Easily one of the best-run charities I ever have encountered. Very low overhead and a sincere commitment to helping people in need make this my top choice for GREAT Non-profits.

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

the eyes of the men who are served

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

the honest, forthright manner in which all are treated

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

first-rate

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

help a lot of homeless people get back on their feet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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