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Review for The Jonah Project, El Segundo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Jonah Project is quirky little ministry down in the heart of Skid Row. It's front doors open to what's referred to as "Crack Alley," but that's exactly where it's leaders want it to be. Their first priority as a non-profit is to help others in need, but not just with another cheap meal or bottle of water, but to give them something else, something greater. Pastor Patrick and Jedi give the down-and-out a community, a family, and a dignity through the Jonah Project. With comfy couches, cafe tables, and coffee brewing throughout the week, the interior is set up to cultivate this community.
As a volunteer, the pastor's emphasis on relationship is definitely reflected in the volunteer work. Most of the time spent is more relationship-oriented rather than task-oriented. Although sometimes volunteer work there may seem unproductive, that is not to the point. The point is not to be productive, but to love and to recognize and reflect Christ's love for others in this place. It's a beautiful thing when the purpose shifts from "what can we do" at Skid Row to "how can we love."
I really am grateful to be a part of this ministry and hope you'll have a chance to give them a try and began building relationships and recognizing the many things our friends on Skid Row have to offer as well.

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

my perspective on ministry and on others. That ministry, like Mother Teresa said, is not about doing "great things, but doing small things with great love."

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

not change much. Give them more money, haha.

Role:  Volunteer & Various tasks (light construction, organizing, cleaning), listening to people...