OAKS FAMILY CARE CENTER INC

Rating: 4.2 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 4196 Center Rd Brunswick OH 44212 USA

Mission: To promote the sanctity and quality of life by expressing the love of Jesus through the services that support and strengthen family life and values. All services are free and include the following: counseling, pregnancy testing, classes and material goods. Group activities, workshops and seminars were offered to over 13,017 people. Youth development programs were made available in Lodi, OH. Newsletters are mailed quarterly to all supporters.

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Rating: 1 stars  

As someone who has witnessed the horrific treatment to the staff I would never support this organization. Not only is the Lodi director horribly mean to all the staff and volunteers but the director at Brunswick is not to be trusted. She has been bad mouthing past employees there for years and it running their names through the mud. Each of these individuals that worked at Oaks Family Care Center were treated extremely disrespectfully and since they left the Barlow family has stated lies about these individuals. That does not sound like a very good Christian to me. I do not trust what they do with the money either. They only want the credit for doing something nice for others and they do not take the responsibility in how they mistreat others. I would never send someone in need to a place like that! YUCK!

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

NO I have only seen the results of the damage they have done!

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

Make the board of trustees deal with the Lodi directors horrible behavior since she started that site and make the Barlows accountable for the lies they spread. Until they are hel accountable they will continue this horrific behavior and try to detroy others lives. Never give to this place until this behavior is dealt with.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

How did you learn about this organization?

Friends

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

I worked at the Oaks in Lodi for the Summer Foods service Program and had many issues with the director. She would yell at us in front of the clients and constantly tear us down. In fact, when she came back after a brief resignation, a majority of the staff and volunteers quit. Her lack of professionalism is appearant when things are not going her way, making for a tense work environment. I urge caution to all who go into the building.

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

I was not treated like an employee should be.

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

Have a new director who has skills dealing with people.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

I became acquainted with the Lodi Oaks during the Summer foods program last year. I witnessed very negative treatment toward the younger staff members by an older staff member who was in charge. She criticized staff in front of the children and other adults. This happened both times I came in. I believe she was the head director which surprised me to witness this unprofessionalism.

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

The summer foods program

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

Put someone in charge who has compassion.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of working at The Oaks for many years. We helped families reconnect after prolonged estrangements, supervised visitations between children and their non-custodial parents and made sure visitations with children between divorced couples went safely and smoothly. The working environment was warn and supportive. They do very good work at The Oaks!

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

I have seen families heal and grow.

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

Give them a bigger operating budget.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was requested to be a volunteer to head up a after school program for children ages 5 to 11. This program is held until school is completed. The program, Club Connections, helps the children with schoolwork, develope their minds by doing creative activities and learning to be responsible young adults. Myself and other volunteers will recognize problems in behavior or home issues that could surface while at Club Connections, so we assist the children in dealing with their issues. I also direct the Summer Foods Program, which is a free lunch program, run two times a week, during summer break. During this program, the children receive a free lunch if qualified, have activities and keep the school work fresh in their minds.

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

The great help the organization has given to the young adults at the Oaks Family Center in Lodi. I have seen the teens grow to mature adults. I have seen some of the teens recognize the counseling and assistance Oaks has given and those teens have volunteered with the Oaks.

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

I would not make changes. The organization has the flavor of going in the right direction. IN THE INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a student at Ashland Theological Seminary doing the Clinical Counseling program. I am working as a intern at mutlitple places to finish my degree, and The Oaks has been wonderful in helping me receive great supervision. They support the community in many ways, and truly love helping people. Betty Barlow is an amazing supervisor. She does everything she can to help as many people as possible, and she always does it with a smile on her face.

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

The office has recently expanded and Betty Barlow now provides even more services to help as many people as possible. Once you meet her, you know she really cares about you, and how she can help you improve your life.

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

Continue with Betty Barlow's dream of expanding the Oaks and helping everyone possible.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My time at Tha Oaks has been extraordinary. As an intern completing my Masters in Clinical Counseling, I understand intimately the need for this organization in a society where good counseling may not always be available to those in need.

Through the Oaks, I have been able to grow under the kind guidance of Betty Barlow and able to gain real world experience. There is a sense of purpose here and a real feeling of family when you walk in the door.

I highly reccommend The Oaks to anyone who is in need of truly caring and empathetic counseling.

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

I ahve personally experienced the results of this organization as one of the members who is out in the field helping those who come to The Oaks in need. It is through this truly giving mission that i have found a place that speaks to be professionally, spiritually and emotionally.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, it would be finding ways to finance their mission in an ever increasing span to further the good works they offer to everyone who comes to their door.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

There are many organizations that talk-the-talk of truly caring about the people that come through their door. i know without a doubt that The Oaks truly does care about every human being that enters their care and without them many would go without.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer for the Oaks because they helped me when I needed the help. My son was a preemie and the first three months were really difficult. The staff and volunteers at Oaks were always calling to see how I was doing. Without them, getting through the surgeries would have been really difficult!

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

Everyday I see how Oaks is able to make a difference in lives!

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

Increase the number of volunteers so that more people can be served.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started coming to the Oaks Family Care Center since i was 9 years old and I started going to the Lodi Oaks and it started out as i was younger as a place to hangout but as i grew older i realized what they were all about and once i turned 12 i started doing programming at the Oaks in Lodi and then i started to becoming interested into volunteering and i started to do that and i am currently working for Americorps Vista at the Oaks Family Care Center and i am 19 years old now and they are more of a family then my family is and now i have my 11 year old little sister going there for progrmming and hanging out

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

Its a very positive enviroment and it has a lot of good people to talk to about things you need help and they are always there no matter what.

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

I wouldn't make any changes to this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a student at Ashland Theological Seminary doing the Clinical Counseling program. I am working as a intern here to finish my degree. I abosolutly love The Oaks and all that they stand for. They have such a heart for people and love to serve the community as much as they can. I have seen so much positive results from here that it makes me very proud to be working for this Ministry. Betty Barlow is such a great woman to work for. She puts her heart and soul into this organization and she is the reason why this place is so successful. I apprecitate all that this organization does and I would recomend this place to anyone and everyone.

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

I have recieved superior supervision from Betty Barlow. I have grown so much in my professional idenity just by being placed under her wing.

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

I know that there are things that could be changed in any organization. As of right now, we are going through a lot of changes and revisions that I cannot think of anything that could change. Their willingness to change and adapt to their enviroment has allowed this organization to thrive.

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