Auberle

Rating: 3.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 1101 Hartman Street McKeesport PA 15132 USA

Mission:

To help troubled children and families heal themselves

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that all children deserve to know the happiness of a loving family throughout the year. Auberle helped to make that possible in my own home and for thousands of other children and families. In 2010, we welcomed Jacquet into our home through the Foster Care Program at Auberle. He was a physically and emotionally abused four -year- old boy who desperately needed love and security. Auberle’s foster care staff trained us to take on this very important role in Jacquet’s life and provided us with 24 hour support. We always hoped to make Jacquet a permanent part of our home, and in July of 2012, we officially adopted him. I know that it means a great deal to Jacquet to be a part of our family, but I feel we are the ones blessed by his presence in our lives. Jacquet will be waking up with us on Christmas morning because of Auberle and that is something I am truly grateful for this holiday season.

Sincerely,
Lisette Pilston

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I volunteered for the Voices Carry event in Sep. 2011. I helped setup for the event, handed out parking passes, performed social media updates, and helped tear down. They were well organized and had a clear idea of what they wanted their volunteers to do. We got fed and got to enjoy the music. Overall it was a great experience.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 2 stars  

This organization is top heavy there are a lot of duplicate positons that can be eliminated, this way the organization would be more cost effective. Nepotism runs rampant in this organization, Administrators directly supervise relatives and spouses. The majority of the clientele is of African American desent, but African Americans are not in the top decsion making postions in the organization. This organization does not live up to its mission statement " To strengthen families".

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

Working as a front line manager, in charge of 23 residents,and the supervison of 8 full-time staff members

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

I would put into place a grievance procedure, so administrators could not suspend, or terminate employees because of professional ideologies.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

1 previous review
Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My time spend working with the residents was challenging, exciting and enjoyable. The children respond well to kindness and love.

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

seeing kids excel at academics then go on to college.

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

Change some of the Administrators, some are unqualified to be in their positions and are appointed because of who they know.

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

worked and making a difference in the kids life

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

caring and knowledgeable.

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

have many more success stories by opening up new inovative programs

Ways to make it better...

The management were more in touch with the staff members, and actually cared about productive staff members instead of giving the illusion like they care.

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

The Administrators not being available on the programs to address the needs of residents and staff, this leads to staff turnover.

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

The Management should reflect the population it serves, one African American in upper Management positon although most of the clients are African American

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 1 stars  

I was a child who had the misfortune of ending up at Auberle. I was abused at home by my stepdad and ended up going to a hospital and my parents wouldn't let me come home. So after my mom and stepdad kept trying to get me stuck somewhere and the group homes foster parents, etc kept sending me home Auberle kept me and wouldn't let me leave. I don't understand how this place is able to get away with the horrible abuse they inflict on innocent children! Whats worse is that many of these children come from abusive situations and get even worse abuse, physically and mentally at Auberle! I am now 33 years old and still want to cry whenever I think of this place. I have never healed! I only pushed the wasted, tormented years of my youth far far back in my mind where I try to not think and feel. Auberle stole my childhood! They hurt me in more ways than I can even explain! This is why I hurt everyday! This is why I haven't cried since the day I turned 18 and was legally allowed to leave that hell!

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

Running barefoot to the hospital to get away, bleeding from my head.

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

Liquidate all the resources and pay the debt to the children it has hurt.

Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am a active volunteer and a mentor. It is an amazing experience to open a child's eyes to what they CAN do and thought they couldn't. I engage the 7-14 year old boys in educational games each week - they have fun and learn at the same time. The Annual Spelling Bee allows the boys to participate at their learning level. It is heartfelt to see the way they cheer for each other - even if one boy has to spell "audacious" and another "zoo." Mentoring is a very special thing to be able to do - having a child learn to trust that you come to see him not because you are paid but because you want to. The staff I work with supports and welcomes our volunteer activities - there is always something to do.

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

seeing boys succeed in school. For example, a winner of last year's spelling bee at Auberle got the courage to enter the spelling bee at his school - and he came in second!

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

throughly understand it is the personal connections volunteers make with children that more impress them than one-day corporate events.

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

working with the kids - having them tell you they are glad are there. One child told me the BEST thing about AUberle was the volunteers

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

interested, effective, and understanding of what the children need. I am always amazed at how well the children behave and the manners they display.

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

take in more children, expand programs, provide college tuition.

Ways to make it better...

I always knew I had the support of management.

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

keeping volunteers and finding funding.

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

the children at Auberle are basically the same as any other kids - they respond to kindness and respect.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been a mentor at Auberle for over 2 years now. I am currently mentoring my second little boy and enjoy every minute of the time I spend with him. Do I see a difference in him since we began-most certainly! He has had some very special achievements scholastically and personally and I feel blessed to be able to share these times with him. Sometimes we go out and do special things together but his favorite thing of all is just to come to our home and spend time doing typical family things, we watch tv, we read together, we bike sometimes and to me the best time is making him dinner and watching him savor every bite. This volunteer opportunity has brought such joy to my life and I have met many people that I consider to be some of my closet friends now, it has been a very positive experience, one I would encourage others to take part in.

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

Teh personal rewards are wonderful, I could not have imagined finding a volunteer opportunity that I would have enjoyed as much as mentoring.

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

The staff and other volunteers do a wonderful job and are so very committed to the children

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

expand and be able to improve the lives of even more children

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Auberle is a wonderful organization that not only impacts the lives of it's children, but also of the adults who volunteer there. In my short time working with the kids at Auberle, I've met men and women who have a passion for making a difference. The kids are so wonderful and open to interaction and learning that no matter what kind of day you are having, it gets better once you are there. I think the best way to sum up Auberle is that it gives kids a chance when most think they are out of them.

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

The children I work with

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

Have short teacher training for tutors

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

The feeling you get from helping a child

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

Some of the most giving and caring I've worked with

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

Change the lives of thousands of kids in Western PA

Ways to make it better...

When tutoring a child you had a better understanding of all his/her academic challenges

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

Getting kids who do not always value education to realize it's importance

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a mentor at Auberle and have found this experience to be very rewarding. These are some special kids who value one-on-one time and time off grounds. The Volunteer Coordinator has been absolutely fantastic to work with and has been incredibly supportive throughout the whole process.

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

the lives of the children they serve.

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

have a lot on my hands.

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

the one-on-one time with the kids.

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

wonderful Volunteer Coordinator.

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

give all these kids an even better place to live.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer.

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

the ongoing need for its existence.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Auberle is an excellent example of a nonprofit organization that utilizes all of their resources in the best way possible. I am a member of the development board and the events committee. The strategic plan is the best I have ever seen and is being utilized on an ongoing basis. The people at Auberle, both paid and volunteer, are very dedicated and it shows in the results they see with the children. I have chaired the "All- Star Banquet " for the last 2 years. At the banquet we honor the children for their accomplishments during the past year. This event is a wonderful opportunity to see the children shine. I feel so lucky to be able to help in any way I can.

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

dedicated and enthusiastic about their jobs.

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

help even more children have better lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-3-01

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