I love volunteering here! It's like one big family and everyone is so helpful. I have no idea what the reviewer with the 1 star is talking about - they most certainly do have homelessness prevention services and have for some time. I recommend them to everyone I know who needs it.
I was really needing a place to volunteer and I found what I was looking for at Associated Ministries (AM), an excellent place to volunteer. The people are great like a BIG HAPPY FAMILY doing things together and I was accepted as part of the staff even being allowed to go to staff meetings and be part of the cohort groups. I work weekly on Wednesday, Friday and possibly even Tuesday. My supervisor, Barb Gorzinski, is a really great person to work for being "easy-going", helpful and friendly. I started working updating their Resource Guide in the Resource Room and moved upstairs across from Amy Allison, Director of Community Mobilization. I look forward coming to work here because the environment is VERY FRIENDLY and plan to stay indefinitely. The mission of this organization is to help homeless people find housing ASAP, help troubled youth get their life straightened out and contribute to the community along with other programs of social service to help people that REALLY NEED HELP, being involved in the community AND IS EXCELLENT IN PROVIDING THEIR SERVICES TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS THEM!!! After I completed the project of the resource guide I started entering data into the Client Social Service Tracking System (CSST) and have helped soliciting donations from businesses to AM to include Paint Tacoma Pierce Beautiful (PTPB) program. As I said, all the people are GREAT but I want to especially mention Sandy Windley, Administrative Assistant, and Chia Collins, Receptionist. Sandy has really helped me any way she can being not just a co-worker but A REAL FRIEND; Chia is the "LIFE" of Associated Ministries laughing and having a "good time" but does her job compassionately helping people that come here. I have not heard any arguments or felt any "friction" between employees while I have been here and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Associated Ministries to anyone looking for a place to volunteer and work. THE STAFF HERE REALLY LIKE AND APPRECIATE ME AND I FEEL THE SAME TOWARD THEM!!!
Review from Guidestar
This place is a joke! In 2011 they came into Pierce County and convinced every politician and non-profit in our area that it was the BEST possible solution to have ONE intake that could send those in need to the agency that best suited their needs.
BIG joke! Now NO ONE will talk to you unless you go through them first... but they no longer help those in need. Not unless you are already homeless (they don't help prevent homelessness). How about keeping the children OFF the street instead of putting them on the street and then getting your gold star for helping! I call FRAUD! BIG FAT POLITICAL FRAUD!
STAY AWAY! This place RUINS good community services only to profit and boost the wallets of their precious REVEREND! What happened to separate church and state?
Let me tell you what happens when you don't separate the church from the state... then you wind up in a big political dog pile of holier than thou BS!
Review from Guidestar