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Appalachian Regional Coalition On Homelessness Inc

Rating: 4.17 stars   6 reviews 2,840

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212 Akard Pl % Ron Von Essen Bristol TN 37620 USA

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Reviews for Appalachian Regional Coalition On Homelessness Inc

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I found myself homeless at the ending of a relationship with no money and nowhere to go... i slept in my car or in a tent for 2 months before hearing about ARCH. it has been 2 years since they helped me with the deposits i needed to get established in a place to live! I am still maintaining that same address... it would not have been possible for me to have come up with all that money myself as i am on disability and make less then $600 a month...Thank you to organizations like these, you have inspired me to start up my own non Profit organization to hlpe homeless people. I am desperately needing volunteers with the startup... if you have any knowledge or experience in this field please contact me via email. Shellea1976@gmail.com please include "project angel wings" in the subject line.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

In my experience ARCH has taken from federal funds to expand an organization that was originally intended to help other agencies in NE Tenn. They accepted $500K in funds to help people but they only will accept 3 or 4 people a week in Johnson City and are currently closed due to "lack of funds." They are known to have close ties to Kingsport Housing with Board members being from Kingsport Housing which appears to be a conflict of interest since most of their services seem to go to Kingsport Housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Disband

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Inadequately trained and decetful

Ways to make it better...

They did what they originally set out to do and that is help the people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Honesty and integrity.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

ARCH has been a godsend to our area of Northeast TN. Before its inception, there was little consistent regional advocacy, and coordination of services for the homeless and others in need. Since coming on the scene, ARCH has been the catalyst behind bringing a diverse group of concerned individuals, community service providers, government agencies,area churches and schools, and others together, on a routine basis, to passionately and creatively address the needs of the homeless and others. To highlight: ARCH has provided leadership with identifying and a variety of complex problems related to homelessness, both at the local and regional level; ARCH personnel and volunteers have written and coordinated the writing of many new successful grant proposals. The funds from these grants have led to the creation of/and expansion of housing programs,and many community services for the homeless and others at risk; and, ARCH routinely coordinates HUD-mandated point-in-time count projects and makes the data collected available for use by member agencies. Our region benefits in so many ways from the efforts of ARCH.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the change in the lives of formerly homeless individuals who had received housing assistance made possible by ARCH and its partners.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the pleasure of working alongside others who want to end homelessness in our region.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

Hello, I would like to share a story about a woman I once knew. Her name is Missy. Many years ago, she was living on the streets, addicted to drugs and alcohol. She wasn't always homeless and did not choose the life she was living. In her previous life, things were much different. Missy was a single mother raising her 8 year old son, working full time as a certified nursing assistant. Things were pretty rough at times but she always seemed to manage and figure out a way to get by. Unfortunately, things changed drastically in her life. Missy lost her job and sebsequently lost her home, therby forcing to make some of the hardest decisions she would ever have to make. Because her relationship with her parents was always strained she was forced to leave her son with them. Nothing seemed to matter to Missy after that day. Missy ended up living in 6 states, just surviving. She lived on the streets, sleeping in aisles,parks, cars, tents, and rest areas. She ate out of trash cans and even stole food. After some kids had been taunting her and throwing rocks at her. She suddenly had no reason to live, no purpose. She had planned to bring it all to an end. As it turned out, God had other things in store. I can share this story with you because this woman I once knew was "ME". I told you this story because God gave me the opportuntiy to be blessed. I don't feel like a victim. "I feel victorious because of people like Arch and other agencies that have been such a big part of my like. That cared about that hurt person, instead of closing their eyes to it! I got a second chance to be a productive citizen because of people like you who care about people like me, just "Ordinary me". I don't have to say, PLEASE GOD WHY! anymore. I know why: Because I am fearless and wonderfully made!! Since then I have earned my bachelors degree in criminal justice,and social work. I am now employed working in the helping field as a case worker. I also recently purchased my first home with the help of Arch and eastern eight. sometimes All you need is someone to believe in you! Thank you, could never be enough. Melissa

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

becoming a first time home owner and sharing my story.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The volunteers are very compassionate and truly see the rewards in the people they help.

Ways to make it better...

I personally can not think of anything that could have been different. Arch took extra time helping when explaining paperwork.I had difficulties understanding certain information in homeownership. The staff was very patient and helpful.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I first became associated with ARCH around 2002 while working for Creative Energy, a local advertising agency who was helping out with promotional materials for ARCH. My knowledge was limited at the time but I have since, in recent years, become much more aware of the wonderful impact they are having, not only in the local community, but throughout the northeast Tennessee region. In 2007, I was appointed to attend monthly ARCH meetings at the request of my supervisor at Tennessee Community Services Agency. Through these meetings,my volunteer work with point-in-time and the 2008 Gala planning, I have witnessed an organization brimming with passionate and concerned leaders who have unified in one accord to bring hope and relief to those suffering from homelessness in our area. I am amazed at how far the organization has come and at how many lives have been impacted since the inception. I hold ARCH, the Board and members in highest regard and look forward to seeing many more individuals and families set free from the grip of homelessness through the mission and efforts of this wonderful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Monthly meetings and volunteer efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing such wonderful growth and impact thoughout the region and hearing about individuals and families moving from homelessness to housing and even in some cases, owning their own homes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The passion and the heart that the members seem to have for the homeless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hopefully END homelessness in northeast Tennessee and perhaps even beyond!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Have been associated since inception with this exceptional organization. The dedication, hard work, and amount of funding and services brought into Upper East TN by ARCH is a tribute to the ARCH staff and members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community organization, grant application, resource sharing, and working to benefit homeless persons in Upper East TN.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the extraordinary success and community networking.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working, and eager to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to expand and develop housing and supportive resources for the homeless, at risk, and low income.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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