My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Jonah Project, El Segundo, CA, USA
My High School leadership team and I have a service project that we do every semester, and within the last couple years we've started teaming with the Jonah Project down in LA. I have personally been three times, and all the experiences have not only helped the homeless but have been truly impact full to my life as well, which I was not expecting. The Jonah Project provides a safe environment and almost like a "getaway" place for the homeless to come and gather, converse, receive free meals, obtain clothing and shoes, and encounter God.
This last week when we went to the Jonah Project, our group was divided into subgroups to help serve in different areas within the building and right outside the building. The areas that we all served in were: cleaning up trash outside and inviting the homeless in, serving food and drinks, helping pass out clothes in the closet, and just conversing with the homeless as they were there. I was in the closet helping people find the right clothes to fit their needs. One instant that really impacted my life was when we had just given out the last pair of socks that was out and an older, frail looking, bandaged up lady came in looking for some socks to have because she was always cold, especially at night. When she was told that we were sorry and there were no more socks she looked sad and like a hope had been crushed. I noticed that I was wearing a pair of warm, fuzzy socks inside a pair of Ugg boots, and my heart just ached for her. So I took off my socks and gave them to her, and her reaction will always stay with me. I have never seen someone so touched by, to us, a simple article of clothing. She kept repeating "Oh my, thank you! I am so lucky today! I have been so cold, and these will help. They're perfect!" And seeing how touched this lady was just made me want to give everything extra that I have to those that don't have any. I feel that this is what the Jonah Project is living out everyday. I feel like they are making an impact on the homeless in so many more ways than anyone can really grasp. Their ministry is really, truly blessing not only those that volunteer, but more importantly, the lives of the homeless that they're helping survive. :)
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have only experienced the results of this organization when I am down there serving the homeless with them. I have seen, personally, a few lives touched by what the Jonah Project is doing, and have heard many, many more stories from my friends who have volunteered about the homeless people's lives being touched as well. And even if just one life was touched or changed to know God, then, in my opinion, that makes it all worth it.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
There isn't really anything that I would change about this organization. Maybe, if the volunteers brought clothes to be handed out, then I would say at least open up the bags and let the people dig through them rather than waiting to put the donated items out the next day. However, the closet was full of clothing and room was needed to be made before they could put out more clothing.