Phoenix Gate Inc

Rating: 4.64 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 32 E Cherokee Suite 104 McAlester OK 74501 USA

Mission: Our purpose is to identify areas of need in at-risk, indigent, or otherwise disadvantaged populations and to provide mental and behavioral healthcare services to remedy problems in such areas as substance abuse, criminality, domestic violence and unemployment. Our goal is to improve levels of functioning for individuals, thus benefiting the recipient communities and therby enhancing stability and fostering growth for society as a whole.
Target demographics: Men, Women and Children in southeastern Oklahoma who may be in need of help for the services we provide
Programs: Thinking For a Change, Substance Abuse, Group Therapy, Stress Management, Anger Management, Parenting and Family Values, Domestic Violence, Social Relations-Marriage, Job Readiness, Aftercare Relapse-Prevention, Life Without a Crutch, Work, Helping Women Recover (Womens Group)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have provided services at Phoenix Gate as a Behavioral Health /Substance Abuse , and Mental Health Counselor for approx. 5 years There is professional staff on board Additionally, the clients are able to receive a wide range of effective treatment for substance abuse.

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

As an Counselor

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

There is not anything I would change but to have more clients.

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?

Each client that comes in has a different story and needs help in different ways, you judt help them figure out what works best for them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

I was a member of Phoenix Gate's professional staff from 2000 to 2007 when I moved out of the area. I still keep in touch with them. This is a caring facility and I think a vital part of the community.They help people and give them a new lease on life. I have gladly contributed both time and financially to this Organization and consider it an excellent investment.

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

I have personally seen the changes in clients as they progressed through stages of the programs.

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

Find a way to be of service to more people.

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?

They are people oriented

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am in intern at Phoenix Gate and I have enjoyed watching the clients interact and learn from each other. I fill the the counselor really respects the clients and they can see that she is there for them. I have had nothing but good experiences while I have been interning here at the Phoenix Gate. With the counselor that they have I feel that there will be many people that will benifit from the classes.

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

An internship

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

Nothing

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

There is not much to change because you are able to put you input in the conversations and you feel respected.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes it is showing my how to become a counselor that will be able to give people the help that is needed.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like I am able to understand what it takes to understand my feeling about becoming an counseling.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been acquainted with Phoenix Gate since 2000. Four of my family members have completed different types of counceling at this Organization. Each one is a success story with long lasting effects that changed their lives in a positive way. I would recommend Phoenix Gate to anyone needing help and I even carry a few business cards in case I talk to someone needing intervention.

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

my family.

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

add one or two more interns and another volunteer

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Some of my family members were clients.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with Phoenix Gate first as a volunteer and I'm currently a Board Member. It's an honor to be associated with a group of individuals who truly care about helping the people of Southeastern Oklahoma receive education and treatment related to substance abuse issues.

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

Seeing the many clients served and understanding how their lives are impacted in a such positive way.

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

I hope that Phoenix Gate can expand services and bring additional counselors and educators in to serve more clients.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Volunteer

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To help the people of Southeastern Oklahoma rebuild their lives.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To help as many people as possible recover and build a strong future for themselves and their families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

As a professional in this field, I have been following Phoenix Gate, Inc. since its inception. Many lives have been touched in a number of ways. Families have regained the strength and guidance they need to continue a productive and healthy lifestyle, recovering users have learned to live a life that is free of drugs, and children have been taught ways to say NO to drugs and alcohol. The guidance and direction you can receive from programs like this is immeasurable. It's too bad that there is such a shortage of facilities and funding to support this program.

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

Other friends/ professionals who have benefited from treatment at this program.

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

Provide more funding in order to place more treatment providers in the facility.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with this amazing organization as a Volunteer in August 2010. From the moment I first walked into Phoenix Gate, Inc. I knew it was a special place that improves people's lives. I never dreamed I would be given the opportunity to not only help others make a fresh start, realize they can achieve their goals, and hope for the future but also experience this for myself. In October 2010, I was hired as a full-time employee at Phoenix Gate, Inc. and embarked on a new journey. It's exciting to experience everyone that comes in contact with this organization learn and grow together. The counselor's provide knowledge and support in a non-judgemental manner.

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

As a client, volunteer and as a full time employee.

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

hire more counselors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been privilaged to be a part of Phoenix Gate since its conception in 1999 both financially and as a volunteer. This organization began when a group of counselors realized a need in our area for a Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Facility that would serve the indigent and low income people. The counselors are highly trained, professional, and caring people; Willing to give their best even when a client could pay little or nothing for their services. An award was given by the state for the Company's involvement in hiring and training people to enter the workforce. They will continue to serve the indigent and low income. after all, that mis what their counselors love to do.

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

I have personally seen clients come in or write and thank the people at Phoenix Gate for "helping them to change their life".

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

Find ways to help more people in need.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Taught me to look beyond the circumstance and see the person.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It felt wonderful to help others!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with Phoenix Gate since 2005, first as a volunteer, then as an employee and now as a board member. I have watched so many people benefit from the programs that Phoenix Gate offers. Many of the clients begin with resentment and finish with the knowledge and confidence to choose a better life for themselves. I have seen clients, who have completed their programs, continue coming to classes just to revisit the environment that they grew to love. This says a lot! The counselors and staff at Phoenix Gate really care about helping people.

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

the attitudes of the clients after they have completed their programs. Most begin their programs not wanting to be there, and most end their programs wanting to return for continued support. Phoenix Gate is a safe place for them to express and learn to understand their feelings and actions.

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

make more space for counseling and have more offices open for client convenience.

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I honestly wouldn't change anything to improve my own experience, however, I think that more space and private rooms for counseling would have improved clients experiences.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes definitely. I learned to manage an office and made many lifelong friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very confident.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked as a counselor at Phoenix Gate and have observed the personal and professional way in which it is operated. I provided counseling and evaluation services, mainly for clients involved with the criminal justice system (probation & parole), in both individual and group settings. The support staff was excellent in assisting with the clients, staff, and the public. While all members of the staff exhibiting familiarization with their specialities, all very good with generalities with this type of work.
More room in the office would have been nice, along with audio visual equipment to assist in group sessions. More private area for individual counseling and evaluations. An area to write reports would have been good to have.
Cross training would help all members of the staff in case someone was unavailable. This would also help in not having to cancel sessions when a staff member could not make it to work.
I found Phoenix Gate to be a very relaxing but yet organized place in which to provide services.

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

Comments made by participants and their families. One family member of a client expressed their gratefulness for the treatment that her nephew had received. I remember her stating, "that he is a changed person for the first time in years."

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

Cross training, more automation (computer reports and audio visual equipment), and more room to provide services in.

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?

In the treatment of each person as a unique individual and on a personal level with professionalism.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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