I cannot recommend volunteering at this organization. They have over two million dollars in assets at the end of the tax year. This is not a non-profit, although they qualify as such, but a wealthy organization that benefits from the many volunteers who give freely of their time to help the poor. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote the mission using professional ad agencies. With their assets, they could do more.
I have always supported the Mission & their work, along with their stores which generates income toward those who find themselves in need of services. I had not been in their Monongahela store in a while so when I entered this past week I was in shock. The store smelled like a junk store, it is dirty & appears like a furniture store. The clothing and shoe sections were empty! I used to be so proud of the store & would encourage those I came in contact with to shop there, I no longer ever mention the store as I am embarrassed about the condition of the store. WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!
I volunteered when I was new to the area. The experience was not the best because I was told to fill out an application which was never followed up by City Mission. They remembered to ask for money four times a year but never contacted me to help. Amazingly, I could have helped with manual labor, Computers, and even their Board but alas they could not spend the time to follow up. I am sure this was just a slip up because I still have contact with them. Most of the personnel treat everyone as a special person.
Their doors are open to folks in need! Pregnant mothers have come, had their babies and brought them home to City Mission. Fathers have put their lives back together and gained custody of their children. Marriages torn apart because of drugs and/or alcohol have been restored. Women with and without children find the stability and the resources they need to live new and healthy lives. City Mission's Samaritan Services helps so many poor and working poorwith meals and food, clothing, household items and furniture. Consider visiting and taking a tour to see it all!
Review from CharityNavigator
Working with the homeless men, women and women with children we serve is a blessing. I learn much more from the residents we help support than I will ever teach them. They are humble and blessed by what the donors provide. When the light of Christ shines through them we know we are doing the Lord's work among His people. I am blessed!