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18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been hearing so much about the Jonah project and how amazing it is so I decided to check it out of myself and my goodness they weren't joking. This organizataion is awesome. They help so many people l and over all that they love them. Its so exciting to see people being pro active going out and making a difference.

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Christina S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this Outreach. they really go out of their way to reach the people that everyone else seems to forget. They become family to these broken people and become a light in such a dark hopeless seeming place. i actually got the privilege of giving away shoes to the people on skid row through the Jonah Project.

Cheryl B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My niece volunteers here. Serving others has changed her life in awesome ways. What a great thing for everyone involved! I wish I could be part of it too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization!!! I am truly blessed to be a part of this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Daughter is working at the Project and is really amazed at how impactful heir efforts are. Isn't amazing how a few $ and volunters can make a difference. Pant seed and someday mighty oaks grow. Seeds are cheap - plant lots.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to the Jonah project before and it was amazing. There is so much love and compassion for these hurting people with no judgment or attitudes of superiority, just humble genuine people. Lives are definitely being changed for the better.

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Lindsey B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people who work on this project are truly inspirational. What an amazing opportunity put together by amazing people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people who work on this project are truly inspirational. What an amazing opportunity put together by amazing people.

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Kaleesha W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the people who work for the Jonah Projects, primarily the leaders, and how the invest themselves in their work wholeheartedly. They are completely dedicated to the people they serve. They spend countless hours working to help their community. They enlist others who are like-minded to help with the work as well. I have dropped in The Jonah Project several times, on different days, at various times, and found their doors open and many people taking advantage of their services. Through The Jonah Project many people of the Skid Row area of Los Angeles have been given a place to get off the streets without being judged, get a meal, receive encouragement and guidance, as well as wholesome entertainment. The Jonah Project and its workers give of themselves selflessly like no other organization I know of. I sincerely appreciate them and the work they do for those who don't have the resources or ability to give back to them in return.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to the Jonah Project twice now and each time I have seen the impact they are having down there on skid row. Such an awesome organization. People's lives will be changed because of this place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm impressed with the impact that the Jonah Project has--not only on those it serves but on the VOLUNTEERS that serve with them. I have friends that are committed to this organization and when they talk about it, they ooze pride and compassion! They LOVE serving with the Jonah Project and to me that says a ton about the way they operate. They care about impacting people no matter if they're on the team or on the street! What a blessing.

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Maggie B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow, the Jonah project is a very special place. My daughter has been volunteering there through the Dream Center. Through her I hear about Skid Row and what the Jonah Project does to impact their lives. I had no idea of the help that is needed nor the help that is given...and yet there is still more that can be done. Keep up the good work and let's all help in any way we can.

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Brandee E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband lived on Skid Row and remembers the Jonah Project. I have been researching skid row and I see the Jonah project always helping people. There are thousands more to be helped! Take it one day at a time. You are all doing a wonderful thing... these people have no where left to turn, their struggles are very real to them, no matter what they may be. There are people out there you know... they are real people with real feelings and real problems. They have no one, not even each other, it's like a war zone out there. This must be stopped in our country... but the answer is not to turn your back on these people, the answer is to look at them head on, ask each and every single one of them, what they need in their life... help them get it! Help the people in our country get to where they need to be. What would you do if you had no where to turn? You become homeless and eventually end up on skid row... not bad enough? Wait til the government says tell them to leave, push them out... does that solve the problem?? NO, this makes things worse... you can't shove homeless people away, they are still going to remain homeless, they need our help people! They need us, do something... write a congressman, start a blog, do something... we have to help one another! The jonah project wants to help!!! This is beautiful!!! Please be aware of SKID ROW and whats is going on there... what can you do to change the lives on skid row??

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Jonah Project is truly an example of God's Grace. I can't wait to visit and see all of the amazing things that are going on!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that there is a group that is willing to do what it takes to meet needs of people, and take effective steps to help them get back on their feet. It is so encouraging and truly has the heart of Jesus stamped all over it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Jonah Project and more specifically the people who lead it and the people who spend time there. What a gift to our city that they bring light and life and hope to the community of Skid Row.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brothers and Sisters,

I have had the opportunity to connect with a friend who I have never met in person: Patrick Ersig. He was previously in Detroit working in street ministry in some of the work places of the city. Now by God's leading and direction his family and himself have founded a ministry in the heart of Skid Row also known as "crack alley". It is one of the most notorious places in America, for drugs, poverty and just hopelessness.

I have visited many countries and seen poverty abroad but it was quite shattering to see it without any gloss here but the rugged reality of broken, hopeless and shattered lives. But there is hope in the midst of such darkness and apathy. Jonah Project is situated in the middle of skid row a community of over 10,000 people. God has used this mission to share the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with many and continues to be a strong light in the darkness.

As I walked last night and prayed with groups of people around skid row we witnessed some of the rugged reality of the situation and felt the oppressive spirit in the area. I could see the impact this visit not only had on the youth but also on myself and my ministry context. I whole-heartily believe this mission is doing the work of the kingdom and for the size of its operation is having a great impact. Do pray for this work! and give generously, if you want to give to something that is reaching some of the poorest in America, this is it!

What excited me most also is the testimonies of changed lives and to see these brothers serving and still living in Skid Row day after day as an example of the change the Gospel can bring!

Greg Gordon
Founder of SermonIndex.net

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have heard lots about Jonah Project from a friend. She is constantly over there helping, doing just about anything that needs to be done. She has a HUGE heart for Skid Row. Jonah Project makes Skid Row as part of their family. They make them feel special. I'm all about making others feel special and sharing God's love with them.

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