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The Cooperative Downtown Ministries, Inc.
November 27, 2010

I have been involved with the Firehouse Shelter for over 12 years serving meals to homeless men in the shelter. I am always amazed at the demeanor of the men; even though they may be at a troubled place in their lives, they are always so friendly and appreciative of the meals we provide, they are very willing to help out. Each person that comes through the food line thanks us for our support and that just makes it all worthwhile for me. The Shelter is very well run by staff and rules are strictly enforced which I think helps the men understand respect is always important, no matter the circumstances. Besides two hot meals a day and a warm place to sleep and shower, the Shelter also offers meetings of AA which helps provide a support network for those battling this disease. This is a great organization in a city that has many, many homeless people and they do their part to serve the needs of these men.

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

Serving this organization helps me see first hand the needs of the homeless community and how important this facility is to our community. The mens' kindness towards us for providing them a meal is so touching; I know I am serving God as he would want me to.

Ways to make it better...

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

JUst expand the facilities that are already in place, provide career counseling.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Prepare and serve a hot meal once a month to the firehouse shelter.