Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

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Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Loved it at first then things steadily went downhill.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was wonderful to see the growth in a lot of the clients from when they first come in to when they leave. Some of the staff are very down to earth and easy to get along with. Made some long lasting friends.

    Cons

    Noticed favoritism between staff and clients. Lack of authenticity/transparency and wearing of "masks" among staff and management.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why you wanted to work at the Mission. Remember what grace is and that no one is better than the other...everyone is on a healing and growth mission. "Grace w/out accountability is enabling". Practice what you preach.


  2. This company starts projects in a scrappy and unhealthy manner. They need to do less and do it better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many people that graduate from the recovery programs are able to have a second lease on life. They are given job training and opportunities to succeed within the organization. The organization has a foundation built on love and people are still helped.

    Cons

    Management has delusions of grandeur when it comes to what is realistic to place on their employees. The company helps homeless people recover from addiction, yet they end up as the abusers to their employees. It is a co-dependent unhealthy work environment. They need to empower their employees. Instead they run a helping program like an authoritative abusive parent. They also don't actually talk about issues, they sugarcoat them. For a mental health agency they set the bar very low. They are known to fire people based on subjective experience and political means.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being scrappy and innovative. Look to do quality work and create a legacy of healing rather than pander to donations. People will donate based on the quality of healing not the quantity. Look at the physical and mental health of your employees, not simply that they "love Jesus." That is a measure of success. We are embodied beings, as Christ was. The quality of your work and legacy is also important, not just how many meals you provide. You can't possibly provide a healthy home for the homeless, if your employees don't feel safe.



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