I am so saddened by the reviews from the residents. I have volunteers at UGM in the past and of course, enjoyed it. No one should have that experience and feel that way about a non profit organization that is solely there the help support and show compassion for those in need. I hope that this gets looked into and will also do what I can to research the matter.
I was not only a volunteer but also a former resident. The staff is great in front of volunteers but behind the scenes they berate and belittle the residents. I will never again do anything to help the organization. I have watched the kitchen staff (not chefs, there are no chefs there) serve food that was bad. This mission was started with good intentions but has now become more about raising money, Donations are sorted and the best items are put aside and taken to a sale they have each year. the people that donate think the stuff is going to residents and to help those that get apartments to furnish them. but what is given upon move out is usually trash. Some examples former residents were given a coffee maker but no coffee pot. Tv's that don't work and furniture that was broken and completely unable to be used. when residents called they were told they should be glad they got anything.
I started volunteering at Union Gospel Mission in 1995 and have done so each week for all these years. It is my opportunity to give back to those that are unfortunate enough to find themselves without a home. I am the one to benefit from helping them, not the other way around. I pray each time I go that God will place someone in my path and that I will make a difference in their lives. I leave each Monday with a smile on my face because I am so blessed to volunteer for such an organization that makes an impact on hurting people lives. I have seen some amazing people turn their lives around with the help and love that comes from Union Gospel Mission.
what a blessing and honor to be a volunteer at the ugm. I LOVE serving meals to our residents and guests, help with the children, serve for special events and help in general.. i never leave the ugm without learning something meaningful from someone i serve.. every person is gracious and beautiful. i am a better person for my volunteering.
My history with UGM is short, but it has been an amazing twelve months. It is real easy to think that all is well in the world, or at lease here at home where everyone is supposed to be warm and comfortable, and eating three meals a day. UGM is my reality check and when I don't get to be with them every weekend, I feel useless. In my short experience, it is evident that the staff is invested in this ministry. It is a privilege working with other volunteers in helping the dedicated staff relieved the burden of the residence as well as bless the guests. Working side-by-side with staff and volunteers has brought meaning to my life and I can only pray that the residence and guests feel the same. Initially, working with the homeless was my main focus, but now encourage the staff and trying to fill in the gap for them is uppermost in my mind, especially if I am not there. I thank God for this ministry and I give glory to God for allowing me to help in any way I can in this ministry.
I have been a volunteer at Union Gospel Mission for about three years. I work in the kitchen helping to serve meals to the residents of the mission and the guests. The atmosphere is very friendly and inviting. The chefs do miraculous things with the donations of food they are provided. I am always amazed each time I go with what dishes the chefs have created for the evening meal. The people continually come back and tell us how good their meal was. The meals are always appetizing and I secretly hope each time that there are leftovers for me to enjoy. They also do their best to make accommodations for anyone with special dietary needs. I have found the employees to be very welcoming to the volunteers, residents, and guests. It is always a fun atmosphere and I never mind the time I have dedicated for this organization. I believe that Union Gospel Mission is providing a valuable service for the homeless in our community. By providing for the basic needs of food a shelter, counseling, job placements and support, this organization is allowing these individuals to repair their lives and helping to bring an end to homelessness.
Best place EVER to spend my free time! The staff is always fun to be around and they treat the homeless like the REAL PEOPLE they are with real stories. They never look down on them.