I stay at the Scott Walker Building occasionally as an overnight guest on my days off work, while I’m waiting for my place to be ready. The emergency shelter is a decent and safe place – the best so far in the area. It is also noteworthy to mention that the lady who oversees the shelter (Angelique) does a good job to maintain the standard there. However, all the female staff (but two) in blue t-shirts are judgmental and disrespectful. They seem helpful and compassionate initially, until you become another familiar face there. The guests there are occasionally subtly intimidated, so, they don’t speak up, but rather snitch on other guests to seek favor from the staff. They know no better.
My advice – waste not one minute of your time while you are at this place. Do something positive with your time to get back on your feet: Get into the program there, get a job, go back to school, work on your housing, etc. On a good note, I love UGM as an organization, for all they do for the poor and the needy. They do show the love of Christ. My appreciation also goes to Angelique and Kimberly, who strive to make an already unfortunate situation better for those who come there. Thank you!
I have asperger's syndrome and so i make social mistakes often, totally unintentional. I made a social mistake by handing my cell phone to a case worker. Im still not sure why she took offense. I really don't care to hear why she was offended at this point.
I am fleeing domestic violence and they threw me out on the street. The only option I have left is to return to my physically abusive, mentally ill husband. I fear for my life. I am in tears and my heart is pounding. I am really terrified of sleeping outside alone, and being with my monster husband.
Thanks UGM! Another life saved by your caring hearts!
I have to agree with the other former residents who posted here. On the face, UGM looks like a wonderful establishment, but the staff treats the male residents very unkind. I worked for the mission 35 hours a week for $15 a week which left no time to find a job. If you didn't work (they call it "program duties") you would be asked to leave. In the time I was there, only one case worker actually helped me but he was fired after not long. I was actually thrown out because I got a job working at night and couldn't attend their Thursday night Bible study. Thank God for the Presbyterian Night Shelter.
I was a resident at UGM. The staff puts up a good act. They state that they do not receive any government funding; however, they do. they receive HUD funding every time they scan a client's TB card. If a resident does not believe the way they do they kick him/her out. They have the residents work 32-40 hours a week for no pay, which gives them very little time to find a job and get on their feet. They do not provide any housing programs for residents, but decide after a year that the resident has been there long enough. The case managers that they have are a joke. They do absolutely nothing to help the residents. The residents have to do it all on their own. If a case manager does try to help someone, UGM terminates his /her employment. They force residents to attend chapel services everyday and a bible study on Thursday nights. Even if a resident has a job or attends college, he has to be at these services. The kitchen staff has been known to serve spoiled food. They constantly serve out-of-date food and store food on the floor. Both of these actions are major city health code violations. the resident workers and volunteers do not even have food handler cards, also a health code violation. When they receive food donations, they give the garbage to the residents and the staff takes the good stuff home with them. They promote homelessness and want people to remain dependent on them. They provide no help at all. I will NEVER help this organization with anything.
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