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69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Andrew71

Advisor

Rating: 5

BY Andrew M. Brasfield

Numerous times in the summer of 2014 I brought the past days of a 2014 day calendar that had patterns of airplanes to the new Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House to play with the children. I also brought scissors, tape, glue stick and a stapler to assemble the toys with the children. The boys liked it. I told them I didn’t want to hear that they were making paper airplanes in school! They liked playing kick ball outdoors the best anyway.

I bought and cooked Angel hair pasta & three sauces at home for the dietary needs of the Philadelphia homeless families for the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House, on Mermaid Lane, in Philadelphia, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. In our home, a relative made salad and I bought the salad dressing & garlic bread. I paid for the meal at Aldi. For dessert, because of dietary needs of the clients I bought plums and flavored gum. A request from one child was pizza however I was told that was a party food and was ruled out.

Classrooms for First Day School were made into rooms for the clients. The meeting house has a shower, clothes washer and clothes drier. In the kitchen it has a dish washer, a dish washing station, kitchen sinks.

As a Caucasian and Native American someone from the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House made a tepee with a brown tarp on the building’s grounds. In talking with the clients they could see I was Caucasian and I mentioned I was Native American. On the collegiate level it provides sociology I’d like to study.

I would like to earn a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration from West Chester University Of Pennsylvania. I’ve applied for a full scholarship. With that diploma I’d also like to pursue a nonprofit business TV comedy. You only live once!

I heard talk that the former Chestnut Hill Meeting House could be used as a Philadelphia homeless family shelter, however, extensive renovations are necessary. The neighbor on the adjacent property might rule against that habitation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered for this organization now for several years. It provides temporary housing in churches and synagogues for people and families who are awaiting more permanent housing. We have cooked meals, as well as served and eaten with the families. Our children have been able to be involved and the experience puts a very human face on issues of unemployment, homeless and the need for dignity and respect.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

this charity has helped many families in the past. families that has seen some of the roughest times in their lives its comformting to know that somone will be there to offer there support , and understanding. NOONE plans on becoming homeles. so please consider this charity for the 5,000

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NPIHN is a phenomenally successful faith based shelter program for homeless families. Operated out of churches and synagogues and relying heavily on volunteers, this organization has ushered many families through the maze of social services and educational barriers to permanent self-sufficiency. Families move from church to church during and average stay of six months. They are provided with counseling, classes in financial management, a savings match program, assistance finding jobs, finding transitional housing programs, finding permanent housing, help with school uniforms and supplies, and new community connections. Graduates of the program come back to help others once they are on their feet, and they refer people. What greater endorsement can a program have?

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Donor

Rating: 5

NPHIN is an incredible organization in the local area. It serves homeless families by empowering them to move from destitution and powerlessness to becoming successful citizens. Clients are served in tangible ways: they learn effective parenting skills, money management, food nutrition, how to dress for success, etcetera. I have contributed suits and clothing appropriate for women who would be in the job market. I have also made financial contributions.
What makes this organization so very special, is the fact that communities of faith are involved in the feeding and overnight housing of NPHIN's clientelle. I once had the privilege of serving dinner and interacting with families at a neighboring parish. It is also staffed by a group of dedicated employees and members of the Board of Directors are passionate about the organization.
I was amazed at the vast number of the community at the soup dinner the first time I participated, and it is with great anticipation I look forward to attending when it rolls around.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has volunteered with NPIHN for many years. I have cooked quite a few dinners for the clients and attended s the empty bowl fund raisers. The organization has helped keep families together and provide shelter for 19 years.

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Dani H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have observed how the organization made an impact while volunteering to prepare meals for the NPIHN guest of my church. The residents were very greatful for the help and the stories they relayed about where they were and where they are now... where very moving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPIHN has been a part of my congregation's ministry for 17 years. Members and friends volunteer for this program more than any other outreach program of the church. We love it and value what it brings to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IHN operates in our church. i have seen families come and go. they are good people who treat others with respect and dignity. IHN is a blessing in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as an overnight host. I am impressed with the quality of the program and the way it has been handled in our congregation. I am also pleased with the direction of NPIHN.

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