My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Jonah Project, El Segundo, CA, USA
The first time I heard about the Jonah Project was from a homeless man that my friends and I were talking to in early 2009. He told us, "Shh, be quiet. You hear that music? Follow it and you'll find the Jonah Project." They had only been open for a couple of months, but already had gained the reputation as the church with open doors and loud music.
I soon met pastor Patrick Ersig and his wife, Mary inside their building on Skid Row. I was deeply moved by the Ersig's passion for the poor, but even more surprised to see the reactions to them. Perhaps they are just easily recognizable, but every single homeless person knew the Ersigs, and were happy to see them.
I have visited the Jonah Project over the years, and have only seen them grow-both in numbers and in passion. They are on the front lines, doing the work that needs to be done. I wholeheartedly support them, and could not give them any higher recommendation.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've seen the difference in Skid Row from before the Jonah Project, and after. The homeless are not all hopeless; they have a place to call home. I have seen suburban kids from hundreds of miles away come to the Jonah Project to serve, leaving with a different perspective on life. Without the Jonah Project, thousands of lives would go untouched, both in and out of Los Angeles.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would emphasize (more) the role of churches outside of Skid Row to donate time, money, etc... to helping the cause of the poor in Los Angeles. The more people you get involved, the more lives are changed.