CRRC OF CANYON LAKE INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 1917 FM 2673 125 Mabel Jones Dr. Canyon Lake TX 78133 USA

Mission: To serve the residents of Canyon Lake by providing vital social service resources as well as life-enriching recreational and educational opportunities.
Results: With assistance from Canyon Lake Rotary Club and many other local community organizations, we have renovated and expanded the food pantry storage area. This allows easier access and distribution to increased numbers of clients.
Target demographics: Residents in the Canyon Lake Community
Geographic areas served: 78133 and portions of 78132

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at CRRC for eight years and have been an active volunteer in four different communities over the past twenty years. CRRC is the most compassionate and effective non-profit organization I have experienced. They not only serve the community but provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for over 100 volunteers. The organization provides food and finances to the less fortunate, meals on wheels to those unable to provide, durable medical equipment to those in need, recreation to all who come forth, programs for the elderly, and various other programs to meet the changing needs of our community. I am proud to be a small part of the outstanding organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate to CRRC individually, and my church (ST Thomas of Canyon Lake) donates and volunteers to many programs. I am most familiar with the Recreation Center, Thrift Shop, and Food Pantry. This organization helps countless individuals with food, financial resources, exercise programs, and well priced retail products. CRRC also supports other charities. For example, for many years, the CRRC rec center volunteers have helped raise funds for Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, another nonprofit. The rec center also has many organized sports programs for our youth. I personally know many board members and volunteers. All are compassionate and community-minded individuals who work hard to help people in need. Our community is fortunate to have such a vibrant and active nonprofit. I will be happy to answer any questions.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at CRRC, but I find that I am in fact getting paid by the wonder of seeing exactly what it does, what it means to the truly needy in the Canyon Lake area. Numerous recipients have told me that ere it not for the food and/or assistance CRRC has given them their families would have been hungry all month, or their utilities would have been shut off. Others have expressed their appreciation for wheelchairs and medical equipment provided them at no cost. What has moved me the most has been the happy expressions on the face of toddlers and children at seeing the bags of groceries which they are taking home, because in some cases they have had to do with little or nothing to eat that day. I have also delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly and/or infirm residents, and their blessings upon receiving the meals mean very much to me. CRRC is a caring, compassionate and efficient provider of desperately-needed food and services - and I am proud to be a small part of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CRRC has been meeting the needs of the Canyon Lake community for over a decade by providing crisis intervention & assistance but also seeing that activities for all ages are available. CRRC is a fabulous gathering place & gets better every year.

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

Have it all under one roof. The thrift store & admin are in 2 buildings side by side but the rec center is a half mile or more away on another road.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a non-profit that serves the underprivileged members of the community, CRRC stands out for its kind, compassionate staff and volunteers who treat clients with the utmost in caring and respect. People who come to the Resource Center for food or financial assistance are always met and greeted by a smiling, welcoming and caring volunteer or a staff member who genuinely wants to listen, understand and provide the most complete and prompt service while guarding the "client's" privacy and dignity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer at the Food Pantry, I see forst hand the operation and the performance of the staff and volunteers. What imoresses me the most is the absolute courtesy, kindness and respect the "clients" are treated with from everybody. You would think these are "paying customers" the way everybody treats them. I wish to single out Ms. Maureen Schein the Resource Program Director. She greets everybody with a warm, sincere and welcoming smile. She is very patient. helpful and courteous to those who have difficulty communicating their needs to her. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of people and this organization whose mission is best described as "Doing God's Work"

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

Volunteering at the Front Desk, the Food Pantry and the Meals on Wheels program.

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

Have a more aggressive fund raising program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CRRC is an organization that is of vital importance to our local community, providing food & financial assistance, senior programs, meals on wheels, recreational opportunities, thrift store and just so much more. It is impressive to see how much the dedicated staff can do with so little. Community support is evidenced by the number of volunteers that are involved, as well as the donations that are received. Clients are served with dignity and are tutored in the ways to succeed and overcome their current situation. I am very proud to be associated with this amazing organization.

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

Find additional funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Working in the Food Pantry, I see first hand the extent to which this organization impacts our local community. While it is there to provide immediate help to those who need it most, it does not act as an enabler to people who might "use" the system. Both employees and volunteers treat the clients with respect and compassion, always looking for ways to better help people in the way they need it most. It is an amazing organization run by some amazing people.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to serve on this organization which provides such vital services in our community. Crisis programs are made available , along with meals on wheels, the food pantry, durable medical equipment, job search counseling, senior services, as well as a variety of recreational opportunites for young and old alike. All of this is accomplished with a small staff and a corps of willing volunteers who all demonstrate both compassion and respect for those in need. While addressing the immediate needs of their clients, they also try to help them improve the course of their lives. It is a uniquely wonderful organiztion.

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

While working in the food pantry I can see the impact this relief has on the lives of the clients. I've heard the counseling that the staff gives to the clients to help them find a better life.

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

I would like to see the organization have more funds available in order to increases their impact in the community. They do more with less than I've ever seen and I know they would wisely use any additional funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CRRC provides a range of services to Canyon Lake residents to include a food pantry, financial assistance to those who qualify, loan of durable medical equipment, recreational and fitness programs for all ages, Spurs basket ball youth teams, Meals on Wheels, a self-supporting thrift store, minimal number of paid staff , and many, many volunteer opportunities for local residents!

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

NA

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

With the current economy, Canyon Lake residents are provided with financial help, food, and financial counseling to help them get on their feet in difficult times. The Thrift Store helps families buy clothing, etc that they would otherwise not be able to afford. This could mean the difference for children to attend school or not. A lot of our senior citizens find themselves raising grandchildren and need this financial assistance and help with groceries b

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CRRC provides assistance to the Canyon Lake area citizens by meeting their every basic needs- food, clothing and crisis financial assistance. Then it does not stop there. CRRC goes on to provide affordable recreation and events that the whole family can enjoy. I have never seen a non-profit do so much based on the loving donations of others. No political agenda to work through and although Christ is at the center of everything CRRC does, He is presence is never directly spoken of unless asked, but His presence is shown everyday through kind actions, sweet words and loving smiles. This is where I choose to do my 'kingdom work'. Lives are changed, families are made whole and children learn lessons of life through noncompetitive sports programs. My arms are not near big enough to hug CRRC and its continued accomplishments.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am on the Advisory Board for the CRRC of Canyon Lake, INC. The CRRC consists of a Food Pantry, a Thrift Store, a Recreation Center, and a Senior Center. This organization serves the entire community in so many ways. The clean, well run thrift store provides affordable clothing for our population (and others). The Recreation Center is the hub of the community! It's located in the Hidden Valley Sports Complex. Many social activities are scheduled there by the various clubs, organizations, and churches around the lake. County -wide civic meetings are booked there frequently. There is ample parking, and the facilities are centrally located. The Seniors have their own 'Gathering Place' which sponsors group events, regularly scheduled activities, and special celebrations. The Bridge Group meets there, and enjoys 'showing off' their cooking skills in addition to their Card skills. The Rec. Ctr. allows mingling with like-minded folks and bonding with age appropriate friends. The Athletic offerings serve folks from 3 to 93 or more: Volley Ball, Basket Ball, and also Pickle Ball which is a growing sport, and is gaining fans and participants. The North Pole Village is an annual event, and draws people from as far away as Houston. It's a magical experience for kids and parents/grandparents alike. I have nothing bad to say about this organization. They feed, nurture, entertain and exercise the population around the lake in grand style. We have just added a Pavilion for all types of groups and family functions, and all are looking forward to it's use. Would there could be a place like this in every community!
Our beloved CRRC is Well run, Well used, and Well loved!

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

Try to get more funding in order to provide affordable trips, or free ones for those in greater need, complete with restaurant meals along the way for all of the seniors. I would also like to see the High School Students get more involved with the Seniors, and interact... Perhaps a class offered at the high to include helping Seniors with yard work, etc.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with the CRRC shortly after my husband passed away; it helped me deal with the sadness and the drastic change in my life. Among the varied services offered to our residents, the CRRC also provides a place for meaningful volunteering. Our retirees can continue to feel genuinely needed after their working years draw to a close. Many find themselves with time on their hands, as I did, and the CRRC staff can find a worthy spot for anyone who chooses to volunteer their time (or treasure.)
The four sites of the CRRC welcome Canyon Lake residents and visitors alike. 1) The main office and Crisis Center provide social services, a food pantry and other resources. 2) The Thrift Store is well organized, and offers affordable clothing, electronics, and household goods to all. The bookstore is a favorite stop for many folks.
3) The Recreation Center offers sports and games for young and old alike. and a site for dancing and social gatherings. 4) The Event Center is adjacent to the Rec. Center, and is another site with plenty of parking for meetings, private celebrations, bridge groups, church meetings, etc.
The organization provides for both the physical and emotional needs of our residents.

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

The social interactions with many of my neighbors and residents around the lake have been strengthened by the activies sponsored by the CRRC: The North Pole Village, various club meetings, observing the basketball and volleyball games of the kids, and the pickleball games of the adults, etc. Youngsters of various ages, including my grandchildren enjoy the play equipment in the park at the Rec Center. The flu clinics and health screenings serve our citizens well.

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

For Seniors: Expand the offerings to the Seniors to include a gathering place where they could share Community Meals, plan trips to areas of interest, encourage more interaction to keep everyone involved and engaged in daily living activies. For Youth: Investigate after school offerings for our young children, providing positive male role models and productive activies. General Public: Offer on-site informational tours to our community members to familiarize them them with our services and needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The CRRC of Canyon Lake provides a variety of valuable services to the community including crisis food, and limited financial assistance, meals on wheels, medical equipment loans, senior and youth recreational acitivities, social events, espeically North Pole Village, Thrift Store merchandise, and other forms of community support. The staff and complement of many volunteers are dedicated and giving. Improvements and efficiencies are continuous including a recently added pavillion that can be used for various team and outdoor events and an ongoing effort to automate crisis food pantry records and data.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at the CRRC Crisis Food Pantry and find it to be a very rewarding experience knowing that I am supporting the community and helping others less fortunate than I. I am also proud to serve with such a dedicated group of staff and other volunteers who provide such a vital service on such a limited budget. It has been a treat to see the facilities and activities offered by the CRRC grow over the years while the demand within the community has also increased.

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

Automate much of the existing paperwork, which is an initiative currently underway. Increase the salaries of CRRC staff.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I currently volunteer at the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) Crisis Food Pantry in Canyon Lake, Texas. As such, I have seen, firsthand, how the services provided by the CRRC not only support so many people in need, but offer social and recreational activities to the community that would not otherwise be available. Even the fundraising activities such as the Thrift Store, Market Days, and North Pole Village offer valuable and enjoyable benefits to the local communities. The staff, volunteers, and board members constantly find ways to stretch dollars, improve services, and give freely of their time to make life better in the Canyon Lake area. Their enthusiasm and energy is abundant and obvious at every level and becomes contagious, helping to lift the spirits of everyone who becomes acquainted with, or relies upon the CRRC. The strides made by this organization over the last few years have been extraordinary and ensured a growing need will be met. I am proud to be a member of the CRRC family.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

The CRRC Food Pantry provides a valuable service to the community and spread their resources to many needy families through generous contributions of money, food, donated items, and the personal time of a dedicated staff and several volunteers. Frequently, the support provided to these people is the only thing that stands between them and tragedy. All of Canyon Lake should be proud of this service and facilities.

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

At the CRRC food pantry.

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

Only encourage everyone in the communtiy to be aware of the service and contribute their time and money as they are able.

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