Union Station Homeless Services is an outstanding organization that provides life-sustaining services for people experiencing homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley. It's a leader in the homelessness sector that embraces the latest programs and strategies, and a tremendous advocate for its clients.
I had been donating to Union Station for several years before I signed up to volunteer there. What decided me was not only what a difference they make in the lives of the homeless (and in preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place), but also how well they interact with past donors: some organizations bombard you with letters, emails or even phone calls that only ask for money, while Union Station shares stories about people who have been helped, and basically lets you know how your money was used. Since becoming a volunteer there I've met so many wonderful, kind and dedicated people who work or volunteer for the Station, and I'm really impressed by their commitment to what they do.
I have volunteered with USHS for over 15 years, when I was laid off in 2008, I dedicated more time volunteering with them because its always been my passion to help others less fortunate. I felt so welcomed and wanted to help and support my community . Union Station Homeless Services is a great organization to volunteer for.
I have volunteered in the kitchen every Monday for the last 7 years. Believe it or not, I am the newbie of the group that I volunteer with! Some of them have been volunteering for 25-30 years! I have seen such caring and respect from the people who I have met through Union Station Homeless Services. This organization tackles the whole problem of homelessness. They feed them, take them into their program and then transition them from temporary housing to jobs and the ability to stand on their own. Like many charitable organizations, they just don't have enough funds to help all that need it.
But what I especially like about working in the kitchen is that anyone who is hungry is fed a warm breakfast and lunch. No questions asked and they do not have to be part of the housing program. There are many more homeless than beds at the shelter...it makes me feel better that at least they have a place to come eat two meals a day. Union Station does have a budget to purchase some of the food we use, but the rest is donated along with all the volunteer hands to prepare, serve and clean up after each meal.
Union Sataion is a place where people's dignity is kept and they help people with a high level of care , concern and also professionalism. The staff there are warm hearted human beings that if you are willing to help yourself , they will give you a helping hand. If not for them countless homeless people would be without meals , showers , beds, services such as medicial care all for free and given with human kindness. Thank god for union station and there should be much much more organizations like them. For more than 35 years they have helped the less fortunate of society...and are a role model for how people should be willing to help thier fellow man.
I have started volunteering with the Union Station Homeless Services about three years ago for their annual Thanksgiving Diner-in-the Park. The first year I signed-up to volunteer was for the day of the event where I helped serve the multitude of fine food that the heart felt volunteers had baked and cooked in their lovely homes. It was very uplifting to see how happy the homeless people were when they got their morsel of food that satisfied their rumbling tummies. To see each and every one of their faces brighten up as they pass by while you offer them a spoonful of delicious food is priceless. The last two times I volunteered as the kitchen helper the night before the Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park where preparation for the big event took place at the kitchen of their adult center. What an amazing experience! I never seen so much people taking time out of their evening to come help prepare all the food that will be served the following day. Wow! Everyone there was bright and cheery and there so much warmth felt in that room I could almost cry. Thank you Union Station Homeless Services for making my volunteer experience at your organization a worth while one. I am so happy to volunteer my time in assisting you to end homelessness in the community.
I have been a volunteer with Union Station since 1984. It is an amazing blessing to all involved. It has grown tremendously over the years to meet the needs of the men, women, and children who benefit from their services. Among the services are housing, meals, job preparation, showers, etc.
I have been volunteering with Union Station since 1984. Union Station started out as a soup kitchen, then a shelter for homeless men, then we added a shelter for women, and next families. Services are continually being added as they are needed. The staff, board, and volunteers give their all to make Union Station first rate. It is not only the client's lives that are transformed, but volunteering with Union Station is also a transforming experience. As a former Board Member I can personally attest to the fiscal responsibility of the organization and the planning and oversite that makes Union Station what it is today. The strength of the organization is its volunteers, its staff, its "heart."
At the age of 24, my precious son had come to the end of six years of disasterous drinking. A promising singer and songwriter, he'd dropped out of UCLA and spent those six years on what he called "the couch tour," going from friend to friend and relative to relative until everyone had had enough. My mother, a Quaker, asked a fellow Friend for help on his behalf and he was referred to Passages, one of the branches of Union Station. The very next day he was sent to Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center where he stayed for three months. He has now been sober for over four years, has gone back to school, is singing, writing music and performing and is everything I could wish for in a son. I subsequently volunteered at Union Station, figuring I owed them much more than I could ever repay. The work that is done by this organization is a blessing, not only to those who benefit by its services but to all of us. The compassion they show and the sincerity with which they do their work gives me hope for a world that sometimes seems to have run off its tracks. It's hard to feel jaded in the face of the good work done by these committed folk. I heartily recommend them for any and all honors.
I have worked at Union Station Homeless Services for almost six years, and I am constantly inspired by the work that they do. The staff sees the potential in people, and reignites their hope for a better future. Just yesterday, I met a group of adults who were once homeless and are now living in their own apartments. One man said, "Union Station encourages the potential within us to be united or reunited with mainstream society - successful, productive lives are here among us."
I have worked with Union Station as a volunteer and donor for 30 years. I like giving my money to a place that puts it back 100% to the people. People are having their long-term needs met as well as getting the "right now" needed food and shelter.