I have been associated with many philanthropic organizations throughout my life and must say that as many organizations provide much needed assistance to the specific cause. That said, Bering Omega has stood out, as being truly committed to ensuring the maximum of each dollar raised goes to the individual needing assistance. Bering Omega raises the bar for all nonprofit and charitable organizations. BRAVO BERING OMEGA--John A. Evatz-
After taking the tour of Bering Omega Community Services, I was astonished at the work provided through the programs they offer. The Dental Clinic far exceeds any expectation you would have for a non-profit offering such services. Once you walk through the door, you feel as if you are in any dentist office anywhere. Omega House offers such a warm home like experience for those who are in their late stage of AIDS and have no where else to turn before their life ends. The volunteers Bering Omega has are the most compassionate to sit there day in and day out with the clients letting them know someone does truly care.
Bering Omega is the little nonprofit that could. This organization has tremendous heart and passion, as an employee I see this every day. People come first here, and isn't that what you want from a health and human service organization?? I've learned so much in the year I've been here - not just about HIV/AIDS, but about the human spirit, courage, and compassion.
I have been working at Bering Omega Community Services for a year now and it has truly been an eye opening experience. I had no idea how much HIV/AIDS impacts are community still. The programs and services that the organization offers its clients really help them live their life better and manage the disease. The program managers are all so passionate about the work they do. Overall, the organization, its donors, volunteers, and supporters are truly helping us create Everyday Miracles for the clients. I highly recommend this organization.
I began my work with Bering Omega Community Services through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I served as a full-time volunteer, 40 hours per week for a year, at their dental clinic, Day Treatment Program, and Omega House, their residential hospice. Words cannot describe the impact that opportunity had on me. I was fortunate enough to get hired as a Front Desk Coordinator at the Dental Clinic after my volunteer year, and I have now served as the Volunteer Coordinator for just over a year.
I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to provide similar experiences to new volunteers looking to make a difference in their community. I also see the work that is done for our clients, not only by volunteers, but by our staff, and I feel fortunate that we are able to provide the services we do. Without our agency, our clients lives would be lacking, to say the least.
When I decided to connect through volunteer work with the Houston community I e-mailed a dozen organizations listed on the web-site "Volunteer Houston." Omega House was the only response I received. It was a prompt, informative and welcoming response that offered training to fit my schedule. My training was thorough and prepared me very well for my involvement at Omega House. What I've found as a volunteeer is a warm, welcoming, appreciative family of staff and volunteers who care about what they are doing and express that care easily and often to the clients and their families. I've heard family members clients express what a blessing Omega House is, that they don't know what they would have done without it, and how much they feel welcomed and supported by everyone at Omega House. As a volunteeer Omega House is a blessing in my life too.
I work with the clients on a daily base and see new client when they come in. I always ask new clients what services that they are interested in and do my best to let them know where to go. One time a client wanted a spanish support group, however; I did not know of one yet. I found one about a month later and let the client know. To my surprise she was not interested. I asked her why, and she said "I already have one" as she pointed to all of the Day Treatment Program participants. Through our staff/volunteers/clients we are able provide a great support group for those who enter our doors. I was happily surprised by her comment, because it goes to show the supportive atmosphere we are provide for our clients.
This is a great organization, which provides essential dental, hospice, and day care services to people living with HIV/AIDS. It is amazing how many people the organization can help in our local community. Please come by to volunteer for a day or learn more about the organization.
I started volunteering at Omega House back in February. I didn't think I would like working with a hospice, but gave it a try. I stayed in the kitchen and cleaned the first month or so, but the patients there are so wonderful and the staff and other volunteers are very understanding and let me come out of my shell on my own time. I look forward to going there and helping out the best I can
I have been volunteering at Bering Omega adult treatment center for about 5 months. It is one of the most rewarding and fun volunteer jobs I have ever had. I have been a volunteer in various capacities for organizations in Houston for 30 years and this is one of the best jobs ever. I feel that my time and energy is put to good use and I look forward to going every week. The program is well organized and planned.
I have had the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization for several years. My main focus is the Day Treatment program. This program began when the AIDS epidemic was hitting hard and caregivers needed to go to work; however, they needed care for their loved ones. At the time they would drop their loved ones in the emergency rooms with a sack lunch. They knew they would be taken care of there. The Care Center opened for this specific reason. As the epidemic evolved so did the program. The once then Adult Day Care is now the Day Treatment Program. Clients show positive health outcomes by attending the program. Lower viral loads, higher CD4 levels, decreased feelings of isolation and depression, and a socialization factor that is much needed. Bering Omega provides exceptional services for thier clients.
Bering Omega Community Services provides four core programs to those living with HIV/AIDS. The services are very much needed by the clients who benefit from them. The Dental Clinic provides dental care for adults with HIV that are low income and would otherwise not have this service through any other means. Having a health mouth allows them to continue to take their medications, as they must be taken with food. It also helps with their self-esteem in order to live a better quality of life.