I think that Family Service does an amazing job of giving a hand up, but not a hand out. Their services are comprehensive and helpful. Many, many families have been able to recover from hard times through the assistance provided. In order to obtain services that go beyond food and clothing, there are expectations that the family will participate in meaningful ways. I am honored to be a part of the great work they do!
I have watched this charity for many years and been very impressed with how they help children and families who are mired in poverty. Their mission is to give a hand up not a handout, and they do it very well. I have recently joined the board and am even more impressed with the dedication of the volunteers and the staff, as well as the programs. I am looking forward to participating in alleviating pain in my community as a result of the good work of the Family Service Association.
Review from Guidestar
Family Service Association is an incredible nonprofit & I am honored to know it. The staff work with great compassion and care toward those in need. There is significant community support because it is one of the most effective charities in our community. The new Executive Director does an amazing job. The Board is outstanding and very committed to the mission.
There's a general bad attitude amongst staff here. There's an assumption that anyone who comes to them for help is an idiot, not worthy of their time or courtesy. It's sad, because there's potential here. I've worked in social services for a long time and I can't imagine treating anyone the way we were treated, here.
It takes a lot to ask for help- and we never needed it until this last year when my husband had a heart attack and we lost all our income. Things are better, now- but this agency treated us like criminals or beggars when we came to them for food. We wasted two days, time & gas, just to be grilled about why we pay so much rent, and then turned away. Apparently, with our income at the time, the case manager thought we should be paying $365 rent. We live in So Cal- WHERE can we live for $365? Again, there's the assumption that every setback is permanent and that clients are perpetually poor. Moving is the solution...cant you get disability, unemployment, why are you getting loans from family? Oh wait, you need food? Sorry, we can't help you. You need to find cheaper housing.
Our entire lives, we've supported non-profits and we both volunteer extensively. Family Services Association of Redlands wont make the cut, with us. This agency is constantly losing its funding, and it should.
My family and I are in need of shelter. We are a hardworking family of 4. We begged for help and pleaded for assistance in finding any homeless shelter so we could rebuild our lives. We were not just denied service in the most apathetic way, They even went out of their way in contacting other agencies and accused us of being homeless by choice and refusing the help they never offered. It's been 4 days now. We are doing our best and we will overcome this hardship. Honestly My family and I are in extreme crisis and would have cherished the opportunity to become stable.
FSA is unique in that it is a "hand up" not just a "hand out". Clients are all assigned a case worker who helps them out of their situation in various ways. The case workers are very knowledgeable of the services in the community and also have many useful programs within the FSA program to pull from to help families regain stability. There is a large volunteer base that is very connected to FSA's mission. The donor funds are carefully used and the administrative expenses are kept to a minimum.
Review from Guidestar
On several occasions I have had the good fortune to donate some still usable items to Family Services of Redlands. They have been plesant to deal with, efficient, and provide those articles to local families and individuals who are in need. I prefer to donate to an agency who works for local individuals. Using the Family Service Association of Redlands I know I am helping the local area and working with an honorable agency.
It has been my privilege to serve Family Service for more than 20 years as a volunteer, a board member, and currently as President of the Board. I remain committed to Family Service because it is an organization that strives to fulfill its mission to alleviate poverty, to encourage self-sufficiency, and to promote the dignity of all clients.
Since its founding in 1898 Family Service has had the ability to adjust its programs to meet the needs of its clients. Today it not only provides food and clothing, but it also provides case management, essential to opening the path to self-sufficiency. In addition, housing opportunities, employment and basic life skills classes, and counselling are offered.
The Family Service staff is dedicated to providing the best possible services for the clients. Programs, such as the recent Spring Festival,for the children and their parents, are opportunities to develop strong families. All clients are treated with dignity by the staff and the volunteers.
The community support, both the volunteers and the monetary support, is outstanding,
Review from Guidestar
I have voluntered in the ktchen feeding famlies and ran into an old school mate who was takng a class and to be fed. It made me realize that could be me. The staff were all courteous to the clients. They did not belittle the clients and were very appreciative of my help. My Grandchildren have also volunteered. I have also volunteered during Christmas handing out toys as well as putting food baskets together. What would those peole do without them?
I have volunteered at Family Service Association of Redlands for over 2 years now and I feel that this place is an extension of me and my family. My kids look forward to visiting and helping at the center, and that is because of the environment, not just for the people they help but also for the volunteers.
Volunteers at FSAoR, volunteers seem to form a bond with the organization as well with each other.
There is a lot other organizations can learn from FSAoR about dedicated and long term volunteering.
I have worked with FSAoR in two capacities: 1. As a social worker with Child Protective Services, I referred clients to this organization and 2. As a volunteer, with my family.
I was impressed with this program as a social worker because it meets many needs of a family: housing, food, child care, clothing, workshops, referrals, etc. It is not a program that just hands out basic necessities--they are invested in their clientele and want to help them succeed.
My family and I (including myself, my husband and our two sons), spent a day volunteering at FSA. We helped stock shelves in the food pantry. Although we have yet to return, it was a valuable experience in that it taught my children the importance of giving back to a community and to appreciate all the blessings in their lives. It helped remind my husband and I of that too. We do plan on continuing our involvement with FSA in the future. It is a valuable tool for the community, especially in these difficult economic times.