KEYS TO CANAAN

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 3036 Nash Place, SE Washington DC 20020 USA

Mission: We educate, encourage, inspire, inform and motive parents to love themselves, so they can in turn love their families, and build stronger and healthier communities.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was a volunteer for the Keys to Canaan. I was afforded a wonderful opportunity through the Keys to Canaan to teach mothers, grand-mothers and single-women from low income families. Another wonderful opportunity I was afforded was to teach and provide moral support to father's who were ex-offenders who were being connected back to their family and community.

Keys to Canaan is a non-profit organization that has a heart for the family and has been a strong positive impact to many families.

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

Having the opportunity to serve in the community.

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

Advertize and promote the services through radio. I would partner with churches in communities to better serve families, youth, seniors, and homeless.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoyed working the public and distributing health information to the community. I have worked as a volunteer for two years. The community looks forward to the health fair and the activities. The health fair is instrumental to those who are unable to afford or receive health care.

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

Serving/providing to the community and giving proper information/serve to those who need it.

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

I have no changes. The organization is doing a great job serving /providing to the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with the Keys to Canaan as a consultant to help build organizational capacity, e.g. staffing, fundraising, etc. I found the executive director to be extremely hardworking, intelligent, committed to the community served by the organization and a person of great integrity. The organization has achieved what it has and served the people it has served, primarily, because of the executive director's steadfast commitment to the organization and its success. Her commitment and dedication has created a similar culture throughout the organization. The Keys to Canaan serves the community by providing a variety of services to include job training, life coaching and exercise and nutrition. These services are essential to a community, which is overlooked and underserved.

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I have personally observed growth in the organization's approach to improving the services to community residents as well as growth in the staffing.

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

I would provide leads and referrals to assist the organization in obtaining more funding to increase the organization's ability to serve more clients.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Keys to Canaan is an organization whose founder/executive director is passionately committed and dedicated to fulfilling its mission with honst hard work that is sustained by an unshakable faith. Please give your support.

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

knowing the executive director

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

make no changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keys to Canaan has had health fairs, and other events in my community including Feet Washing and National Night Out. A lot of these events involve the children that live in the very large apartment complexes in my neighborhood. I hope that Keys to Canaan can continue to bring these events to our community that are of great benefit to our children.

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

The children and their parents were please and very excited to get new shoes. Some of these children really needed these shoes.

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

Volunteer more - no changes necessary.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Deborah Nix is doing a wonderful job with Keys To Canaan for the community she serves and abroad. The women she comes in contact with are empowered, motivated and encourage to be the best they can be. Keys To Canaan, what a great asset to the community!

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

I personally witness the encouragement of the women and how Keys To Canaan touches the lives of others.

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

I would not change anything, it's being ran very well....

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keys to Canaan is a wonderfully-enriching source of both health and spiritual support to low-income, woman and children living in fatherless households in a large housing complexe in one of the underserved Wards of Washington, DC.

In choosing to mentor this population group, Keys to Canaan has embarked on a emotional, spiritual, and logistical committment to improving the lives of 2-3 generations mired in poverty, illiteracy, low self-esteem, low social skills, and an often entrenched wariness of organizations claiming to positively affecting community outreach.

With a longstanding, genuine, and truthful committment to this population, Keys to Canaan has earned the trust of its most vulnerable constituents--the mothers and their children. The mothers--who, like many responsible parents--are simply trying to raise their children in very trying circumstances--have come to depend on the capabilities, valuing, and profound human interaction that this organization offers.

I have recenly had two opportunities to see this outreach in action, while working as a photographer for a Keys to Canaan's recent "Heath Fair" and "Spa Day" community events. At the Health Fair, area participants from low-income housing were specifically invited for an outdoor festival that would expose them to demonstrations of fun exercise routines; face-painting for the children; a youth drum corps; hip-hop dance routines; vendors promoting information on preventing stroke; chefs who cooked fresh, healthful and very tasty foods; blood-pressures screening by certified health practicioners, and home safety demonstrations presented by the local fire department liaison and community outreach department.

This wonderful atmosphere was supplemented by local vendors who sold wares relevant to the monetary capabilities of their prospective customers and interacted with them in an easy spirit of share-valued commeraderie.

The second instance in which I participated in a Keys to Canaan-sponsored event was that Health Fair. The mothers of the surrounding low-income housing community were invited to enjoy a day that included a catered lunch; manicures and pedicures; demonstrations on using cosmetics; soothing music; body massages; stress-relief/holistic health pamphlets; private consultations, and drawings for beautiful gift baskets that were graciously donated by the vendors. Their introduction to this lavishly-pampering event began with colorful balloons marking the entrance-way and a greeter who addressed them with dignity and joy at their attendance. That spirit of openness and embracing continued to the very end of the day's festivities I am sure that each participant was bouyed by the occassion and went be to her home with a spirit of warmth and inclusiveness.

Keys to Canaan is is wonderfully effective organization that is much-needed by its clientele and the community.

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

seeing the uplifted spirits and outlook of the woman who are participants, and in the gratefulness they expressed towards the organization for reaching out to them with diginity and support.

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

give it more funding so that could expand its outreach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I helped served with as a volunteer on the Back-to-School program, whereas, there was disbribution of back to school supplies for needed families with the Benning Terrace Community. The Keys to Canaan has brought many programs to Benning Terrace community, including: Life Coaching , basic adult education, and started weekly exercise class for those who want to live and remain healthy and long lives.

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At the end of events which I volunteer, the joy and fullment I got within helping someone less fortunate than me. To have an organization which is set the heart of community; eespecially; where the wards (politically) are treated as if they are less than human, people have resoruces where they get help not only how live to healthy but how to survive and spiritually. With the cut-back especially among those really needed, people have hope knowing there is such a organziation they can turn to!

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

Persoanlly, there are no changes I would make to this organization, it comes under the heading of dealing with the common good and basic needs of an human being.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Besides being a pleasure to work with, Keys of Canaan just recently partner with Nu-You and United Way to provide the Get Fit Stage Show. This stage production was aimed to promote the message of healthy eating and exercise through creative forms of circus entertainment. Keys of Canaan was very instrumental in bringing a program to the community that has made a lasting impression on children and adults.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization from the positive feedback I received from parents and children on the program we partnered on.

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

Continue to promote a healthy lifestyle to as many communities as possible.

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