I understand Emerge has had some of their funding cut off or frozen due to ongoing complaints and a lack of compliance with the provisionsgoverningca charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code.
Review from Guidestar
I believe that Emerge Family Advocates is a vital service to the upper valley. They are very friendly and helpful to their clients. I have never had a negative experience no matter who was involved with the exchanges. I attended exchanges with my son and his daughter and was very impressed with the facility, the atmosphere and the personnel. They were very knowledgeable.
I knew of Emerge from my longtime friend and founder of Emerge, Mona Russell. I was looking for a non-profit to support with my time and efforts following my retirement, so I chose Emerge. Mona has been the driving force behind Emerge, even when waylaid by a serious automobile accident for months. I have put a couple newsletters together for Emerge, and we make sure we let people know, "It's all about the children". I feel Emerge does so much to promote stress-free child exchanges, strives to educate parents in social skills, and helps to increase realization that innocent children need their help and cooperation for a chance at a better life. I am constantly impressed with how much Emerge and Mona accomplish with so little resources. They deserve all the help they can get so they can make the childrens' lives better.
Emerge was not only helpful when it came to being a new parent displaced from my daughter, but also provided extensive literature on everything from helping children to helping myself. The staff there was always more than helpful when it came to problems or disputes, and always remained professional, even in the worst of disputes. Emerge has helped me, and my daughter more than I can describe, and it is my hope that many others can be helped the same way.
As a volunteer at Emerge Family Advocates, I supervised visits between non-residential parents and their children. I also helped facilitate exchanges of children between parents, so that feuding parents did not have any contact with each other--a critical service for safety of victims and children in cases where there had been domestic violence. While I volunteered at this agency, I was able to see first hand just how many families needed and used the services on a daily basis, and also how short funding was for this very important program. I was also able to see children light up upon seeing their parents, and getting one on one time with their parents. Many of the children made cards and paintings thanking staff and volunteers, and these wonderful thank you's line the front office where staff work on case management with families on a daily basis-- certainly a nice reminder of why the work that they do is so vital!