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Marissa McPhail

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

Rating: 5 stars  

was introduced to The Jonah Project by a friend. Going into it, I had no clue what to expect and I have to admit I was a little scared. I had only read about Skid Row from books. When I entered into Skid Row, I saw first hand the brokenness and devastating sight of the homeless community. I couldn't believe the difference of day and night, with the ritzy part of Los Angeles being just a couple blocks away, with no trace of people struggling to keep alive. When I walked into the Jonah Project, I was immediately welcomed. The staff at the Jonah Project showed me so much love and appreciation. They right away introduced me to other volunteers and showed me around. I learned, based on the amount of homeless people that were at Jonah Project, that this was the only place where they felt safe and the realities of the streets of skid row left them. They were able to sleep and feel safe, watch movies, drink a warm cup of coffee, fellowship, learn about God, etc etc. I felt so thankful that a place such a Jonah Project existed for that to happen. But after speaking with some of the staff at JP, I realized that there is so much more that they could do with more resources and financial support. Because of the large community of homeless people in Skid Row, resource become scarce very quickly. But I love how the staff at Jonah Project never give up hope and are always looking for new ways to get the word out about the brokenness at skid row and what a place like Jonah Project means to that community. JP is really a light in all the darkness for several homeless people that live on Skid Row.

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

talking with homeless people who come to Jonah Project and getting their perspective of life on Skid Row and hearing how Jonah Project has CHANGED their life despite their circumstances.

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

give more financial support so they can implement the changes they've been wanting to make and continue to offer the current resources such as coffee and food.

Role:  Volunteer & Volunteered.