My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Carpenter's Shelter, Alexandria, VA, USA
I have volunteered at Carpenters' Shelter for more than ten years. For the past eight years I've helped out at the part of Carpenters called David's Place which is a drop-in shelter for homeless people who for one reason or another cannot live at the residential shelter. Six mornings a week David's Place provides a space where homeless individuals can get out of the weather, wash their clothes, take a shower, receive mail and get referrals to other local agencies. Many of David's Place clients are local, but there are clients who pass through from other areas and then move on.
I feel that David's Place adds an important dimension to the residential shelter. Not all individuals can meet the criteria of the residential shelter, but yet they need a "base" to add a little stability to their lives. Some clients are able to re-group and get on with their lives while others are not able to exist soley using their own resources.
I have always experienced the shelter staff to be helpful and non-judgemental in dealing with this difficult population. The staff is extremely supportive of volunteers.
All these reasons contribute to why I have remained a volunteer for so many years and will continue to do so.