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Review for Union Gospel Mission Of Yakima Wash, Yakima, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We signed up for the Thanksgiving Basket being offered through the Union Gospel Mission because our little family of four including our 2 toddlers, have been struggling recently to make ends meet. I didn't expect what we got and how many people they served the day we went to pick it up. There were over 500 people there and the quality of the food was better than expected. Usually, when getting any kind of food baskets through them or any other food box providers in town, we would end up with spoiled food and we couldn't feed it to ourselves or our children because it would have made us sick and possibly food poisoned us. But, this time was VERY different. We received a nice big turkey and apple pie and even ice cream to go with the pie. We also received stuffing and macaroni for sides as well as mashed potatoes. We were also pleasantly surprised to find some canned goods such as beef stew that we could feed our family for the next few days until Thanksgiving. We plan on making this Thanksgiving feast last at least a few days. It's a blessing that we hope will get us through until the first of December when we will again have money to get some food stocked in the house. We really appreciated the help with this Thanksgiving feast provided by the Union Gospel Mission. They also provide services to local men and women seeking shelter for a night. The women can only stay for 30 days which I think is unfair compared to letting the men stay as many nights as they want. Although, the setup for the women is much better for the men as far as sleeping arrangements go. The women get to share a room with 4 women and a bathroom. There are several rooms. The men have a mat, usually a very thin mat that they sleep on the floor with and a tiny blanket. But at least they are in out of the weather and warm. The Mission does require the residents and those coming in only to eat meals to attend church services before. And the women are not permitted to speak to the men in any way if they are single. Only married couples are allowed to communicate with each other. There are a few men who work in the kitchen that I've noticed are very mean towards some of the people that come through. I've seen them berate them and humiliate them in front of everyone for no reason. But, if you can ignore the indecent treatment and the attitude they use with some of the people (the people who run it tend to take a holier than thou stance and they really let people have it on religious issues and what they think is right) then the place is a nice place to go when you're in need of help. Thankfully, at the moment, we have a nice place to live and for the most part plenty of food to eat. We only need fill ins once in a while. So, we don't have to deal as much with the religious prejudice of the place. Also, we have a local Salvation Army which does a good job in some areas, but again, they don't seem to be as well run as other Salvation Armies I've come across.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving an excellent Thanksgiving basket this year for my family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take religion out of determining if they are going to help those people or not. Just because a person's religious views differ doesn't mean they don't deserve to be helped. Their families deserve to be helped as much as anybody else's.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This time the food was unspoiled and we could actually eat it without fear of food poisoning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

For the most part nice. There a few bad apples that work in the kitchen. They are very mean, rude, and degrading to people that come through there. One in particular's behavior indicates that he feels superior to these people down on their luck.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot of people and make a lot more improvements in their staff and facility so that more people could stay longer and have access to more people who can help.

Ways to make it better...

they were a little more open on the religion thing.I believe in Jesus myself and I love God,but they shouldn't be holding religion over people's heads like they do when people need help.They've turned people away based on religious differences.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the people who run the facility, the religious discrimination against people, I'd hate to see how they would treat gay people or lesbian people based on the way I've seen them treat heterosexual people who aren't married.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Overall, they do a good service to the community and it's a great thing they are there. They just need to iron out the discrimination and stop treating these people who need help like they have a disease or something.And their staff needs counseling.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & I received a Thanksgiving food basket recently this month and have used their meal services in the past year, as well as their shelter several years ago.