DINNER AND A MOVIE

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: PO Box 28237 Portland OR 972228 USA

Mission: We heal the effects of abuse in youth and families through holistic relationships resulting in stronger, active, caring citizens.
Results: Last Year’s Mile Markers 850 packages of diapers provided to families 1,700 pairs of new socks 500 blankets and sleeping bags distributed 180 coats distributed 35 families mentored 670 playgroup participants Assisted with multiple medical, dental and optical needs including drug treatments 9 ID’s acquired Family field trips to The Pumpkin Patch and Swimming pool Holiday feasts for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Wrapped Christmas gifts for all 5,400 dinners served
Target demographics: Homeless youth in the Portland area
Geographic areas served: Portland, Oregon
Programs: Tuesday Drop-In Hours: between 4 and 8:30 pm Snack & Play (baby play group) Weekly on Fridays Hours: between 10 am and 12 pm

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dinner & A Movie has a mentorship aspect that far exceeds expectations. They serve a niche with homeless youth that isn't being filled in Portland. Mentorship with Dinner & A Movie is basically life long because they understand that it takes a long time to help abused children who feel as though they are unloveable. There Child & Family Development Program is also tremendous, where mom's invite other mom's because they know how much it has helped them. Great place where the kids rave about the good food and that they actually feel loved and cared for.

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

Seeing kids who have been in the mentorship program come off drugs, off the streets, and be changed.

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

add more mentors.

Was your donation impactful?

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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The homeless youth in Portland.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Because I wanted to be a part of the solution. As I can't be a full-time mentor, I wanted to help pay for a mentor.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Because they actually love these kids, unconditionally. They care and want to see as many youth changed and healed as possible.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered on a weekly basis for Dinner and A Movie for more than 6 years. This organization serves young adults and teen agers who are child abuse victims. As a result of abuse, these young people are so psychologically damaged that they have become homeless and cannot participate productively in society. Through mentoring, we work to heal that psychological damage so that they can pursue their dreams of a normal life--home, job, family, etc.
Through my involvement, I've met people I never would have come across in any other way. And I'm so thankful that I have, because it has been a life-changing experience for me. I've learned to see the world through the eyes of people who--through no fault of their own--are "on the outside looking in." I've gotten to know many child abuse victims, and I will never forget them.
Being a part of the work that this organization does--literally saving lives--is very gratifying. On the other hand, hearing about the suicides and murders makes me realize how horrendous child abuse is, and how very important it is to stop it. Child abuse is learned behavior, and many many children who suffer abuse will grow up to abuse their own children. Dinner & A Movie works to break that cycle by mentoring impoverished families who are at-risk for child abuse because the parents are abuse victims.

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

I've seen lives turned around--people who have gone from violence, despair, substance abuse, cycling in and out of jail, cycling in and out of recovery programs, to college, jobs, family, just a normal life. Once abuse victims land on the streets it is virtually impossible for them to get off the streets without help. Dinner & A Movie offers that help when no one else does. The kids are just amazed and overwhelmingly grateful that we care. Such a small thing--offering friendship--can change a life.

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

We are such a small organization and the needs on the streets are so overwhelming. We need more support. Just small donations from lots of people would buy emergency groceries, diapers for babies, tuition and books for community college or vocational training. Financial donations would help us get these young people on their feet and eventually self-supporting.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has volunteered at DnM for close to ten years. I can honestly say it is one of the most sincere programs in the NW when it comes to helping homeless youth and families. There is no fluff, no apology for doing what's right, no lack real life.. I have seen so much positive change in people from so little, a pair of clean socks, a warm meal or a conversation about life and yes even having the privilege of coming home without my shoes because someone else needed them more than I did.
This program has also changed me, for the better. I work in the same area as the drop-in and see the kids during my work ours. I have been challenged to be honest about who I am and what I stand for. Although I get strange looks from co-workers when homeless kids comes up and shares a story about their day, or just wants to say Hi and ask me if I will be there on Tues night. It always makes me smile.

I can't think of a more noble or effective cause to be a associated with.

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

Seeing others truly benefit from the efforts of the staff and helpers on a weekly basis.

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

like to see more financial assistance to meet the needs of the community. This is one of the very few organizations that are really concerned and effective with homeless youth in the NW.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Serving the abused children and families of the abused on the streets of Portland, Oregon since 9/11. They have a holistic approach which recognizes that abuse has driven deep within their "constituency" two negative core beliefs - 1) I'm not loveable - if you really knew me you'd hate me and 2) I'm essentially helpless - can't fend for myself, as I grew up hearing "you're stupid, and we wish you'd never been born.

Dinner & A Movie serves youth and families by being the "loving parents" their constituency never knew. Being parents means communicating that "you are loved," "you are a unique and gifted person," and "your life is really worth living."

Once the individual being "re-parented" begins to feel loved and not helpless, D&M staff work through issues like homelessness, addiction recovery, employment needs, GED certification, college admissions tests, and other basic "needs" to get off the streets -
often through other social service agencies and non-profits which serve a particular need.

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

Over the last 6 years I've come to know the stories of youth and families we've helped - participated in field trips - served meals - been involved in fund raising events. I personally have interviewed staff so as to produce "Stories" which record the awesome turnarounds we've seen with our constituency over the last 9.5 years.

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

Help them be able to hire / engage more full-time staff to serve the abused kids in the Pacific Northwest - and to help break the "cycle of abuse" that we seen when re-parenting hasn't happen - without a model of "good parenting," where will parents turn when they need to love and provide direction to their own children?

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

How did you learn about this organization?

Executive Director and I met over coffee in November 2004 so I could learn more about it.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Find a safer place to serve regular Tuesday night "dinners and a movie" in a "sanctuary from the streets."

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expand funding sources so as to be able to engage more staff to love the kids and families

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

This is a great mentoring project in Portland,Oregon for homeless youth and young families. Although they are faith-based, there is no pushiness with the religion. They have a Tuesday drop-in night where they can eat a hot meal in a safe place, watch a movie, play cards, etc. They can also pick up clean, warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and other items. Portland has a large youth homeless population, the majority of which have been abused in their own homes and foster homes. Dinner and a Movie connects with them on Tuesdays to build mentoring relationships to help these kids.

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

reduce foster care needs and the youth homeless population in Oregon.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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