Disappointing experience in a so-called "ministry"
CARES team member (Former Employee) – Raleigh, NC – January 22, 2018
We were asked to leave apartment life after dedicating 6 months of our time, effort and finances. I had to quit my full-time job and start working part-time due to the demands that working on a CARES team required. We were working WELL over 15-20 hrs a week on events, resident welcome and renewal visits, making phone calls to vendors and residents (who never responded), and many more seemingly "simple" tasks that initially ate up our work weeks. Their pitch for beginning neighborhood ministry was appealing at first, but ended up causing us unnecessary stress, unrealistic expectations, and we were forced to leave within 30 days. All I can say is that I would NEVER recommend this so-called "ministry" to anyone, specifically individuals who have full-time jobs, are working at a church or in some other ministry, or have family issues to attend to. I'm so disappointed, frustrated and hurt from my experience.
cheap rent, community involvement
unrealistic expectations, bad management, incompatible placements