United Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

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 three hundred men have been provided with a safe space, help and hope for the future. They have gone on to reunite with their families, continue their education, obtain employment and permanent housing.
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 and soon Prospect Place Permanent Support Housing Project
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

See How 3Hrs Can Help

More Info

EIN 52-1857927
410-522-0225
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

I love Earl's Place of United Ministries. What is so special about Earl's Place is the staff.
It's because of them that the 17 residents who are coming out of imprisonment or fighting with addiction all do so well in their two years there. There is almost no recidivism because of the personal
relationships they form with each resident. Now United Ministries is starting a new home Prospect Place in Baltimore County.

I am a member of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, and for a number of years, TUUC has been a supporter of Earl's Place financially and with volunteers and with gifts for the residents. Sheila Helgerson speaks at TUUC at least once a year, and she is loved by our congregation.

I am a physician and have worked in many environments for the poor and minimalized, such as Bellevue Hospital in New York. In my travels on both coasts, I have not witnessed such success as United Ministries has achieved at Earl's Place.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

United Ministries/Earl's Place easily is one of the best-run, low-overhead, socially responsible organizations that I have encountered. The men they help get off the street and into jobs and permanent housing are now contributing citizens who almost universally look back on their time at Earl's Place as a rewarding, life-changing experience. You would be hard-pressed to find a charitable cause that provides more for the Baltimore community.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

Our family donates and follows the work of Earls Place because we believe homeless men can thrive when given a strong community. This is proven by the outcomes and years of success at Earls. The staff works tirelessly to give support to the men while enabling them to become independent.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

Earl's Place gives a supportive home to men who need it, and encourages each of them to be the best person they can be, overcoming the challenges of poverty and addiction. The men are respected and expected to do their best. When they graduate they're called "Visionaries" and with good reason....they've dreamt about what they can be, and Earl's Place helps them attain it and become productive members of society.

 
Flag review
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Earl's Place is a favorite of our family's because of the wonderful way that it is organized and run, because of its obvious successes, and because it was very close to my mother's heart. She believed that many of the men there face challenges similar to those that faced my uncle, her little brother. It is so good to know that our contributions are helping someone to find their way in the world again.

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

caring, smart and intent on helping the clients become healthy, happy and independent.

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

serve hundreds or thousands of clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have donated to United Ministries for several years and consider it a great investment. We appreciate the many ways that United Ministries gives us to get to know the men they serve and the work they do. We're happy to see that our money is put to good use providing support and encouragement to people who need it and use it to turn their lives around.

We are proud to count ourselves as part of the Earl's Place family.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen the impact that United Ministries makes on the men that are served by the witness of these men. They have attended our Annual Meetings and met with our members to explain how their lives have changed since being a part of United Ministries. I've seen positive results of men moving into their own homes, finding employment, buying a car, being producers instead of takers. This is a much needed and worthy orgnaizaiton.

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

Meeting the men who are served by United Ministries.

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

Find them additional facilities so that they can help more people.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
Flag review