Security Officer (Former Employee), Wichita, KS – March 7, 2015
Pros: some good people there
Cons: poor management
Poor organization and communication. Management has little idea, if any, what they are doing. They care little for their employees and even less for the homeless. They are in it for the numbers to acquire their government funding and donations.
VOLUNTEER (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – October 29, 2014
Pros: helping people
Cons: it was far away from my home.
It was an enjoyable day at the Union Rescue Mission being able to give back and seeing families and people in need getting the proper meals they are receiving were amazing to see and know that you were able to feed a child and adult in desperate help was an outstanding feeling. I would advise at lease one to try it once.
Unpredictable and fast paced work environment, very diverse location
Coordinator, Volunteer Department (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – September 19, 2014
Pros: many opportunities to grow as an individual
Cons: not a team-oriented environment, a lot of burn out.
A typical day at work included communicating with volunteers via email, telephone, and in person. Duties included scheduling new volunteer orientations, creating new processes to ensure an easier sign – more... up process, managing hundreds of weekly volunteers (scheduling, processing with background checks, ensuring security protocol was met). Entering and evaluating the previous day's volunteer hours and experiences. Ensuring the volunteer needs of the mission were properly met, and creating a safe environment for both clients and volunteers of the mission.
I learned how to become the bridge between two different cultures (on Skid Row and off Skid Row), as well as how to effectively communicate with departments and volunteers to meet a goal (event, volunteer opportunities, etc.).
The hardest part of the job is that it required me to work every weekend, which took away from time with my husband.
The most enjoyable part of the job was having an office that was on the ground floor on Skid Row, so I got to have a lot of interaction with the clients of the mission and help in ways that were not part of my job description. – less
Program Coordinator (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – February 27, 2014
My last experience is as a Program Coordinator. Before taking this position I worked in the Food Service dept. in which I was already knowlegeable about there procedures. When I worked in the dept I was – more... a line server and dishwasher. I was a all around utility person as well. I enjoyed the prep work of helping prepare15 to 18 hundred plates of food a day. I had the the chance to stay in the dept with a managing position. I held the operating supervisor position before. But I want to deepen my ministry involvement. So i took the Program Coordinators position. I love to cook and prepare foods. – less
Volunteer (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – March 18, 2013
This is volunteer work. They are doing a great thing for the community in the name of Christ.I went there with a youth ministry and I highly recommend it to take a trip over there and see what Union is doing for Los Angeles.
Lead Case Manager/Housing Advocate (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CA – January 25, 2013
Pros: being able to interact with all ages to end their homelessness
Cons: not being able to help everyone
The Gateway Lead Case Manager is responsible for the daily management of one of Union Rescue Missions transitional housing facilities for homeless women and men with mental illness and/or other special – more... needs. This position works as part of an interdisciplinary direct service team, providing supportive services to residents that will assist them in the stabilization and maintenance of housing. The Gateway Lead Case Manager is the accessible point-of-contact for residents, staff, and volunteers, and must be skilled at problem-solving resident issues, crisis situations, and facility emergencies. The Gateway Lead Case Manager plays a key role in creating a safe and home-like environment for residents that promotes community and well-being. This position will work collaboratively with other staff members to plan and execute life skills and community activities. Additionally, this position will supervise other Gateway Case Manager staff as assigned and report directly to the Guest Hospitality Supervisor. – less
Best place to work to learn compasion for people that have it alot worse then the average person.
Volunteer Coordinator (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – January 17, 2013
Pros: free lunch, working with at risk youth, and being able to share my life to touch someone else's
Cons: working for a non-profit is kind of hard as far as salaries and pay compansation.
A typical day working as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Union Rescue Mission started at 7:30 am with greeting all homeless clients sitting around my office front door. I then would go get daily volunteer – more... sign in sheets and log in all volunteer and court committed volunteer hrs. I gave historical tours to different organizations ,donors, law enforcement, and just random people that wanted to know about the mission and what we did. Every other Saturday I would give New Volunteer Orientations and tours. I also Helped coordinate special holiday events and monitored all monetary and hygiene donations. Working at the Union rescue Mission was a great experience for me, especially when I got to help people get into one of many programs we had available especially our drug and alcohol program. It was nice to see some come in broken and desperate and a year later see the leave clean and healthy and go home to be productive people. I had the best team and was really close to my co-workers – less