SERVING PEOPLE IN NEED INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 270 Union Street Lynn MA 01901 USA

Mission: SPIN'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE QUALITY CARE TO THE FAMILIES, CHILDREN, YOUNG PARENTS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT WE SERVE. WE BELIEVE THAT EMPOWERMENT, UNDERSTANDING AND EDUCATION ARE THE CORE ELEMENTS TO INITIATING CHANGE AND GROWTH. SPIN PROVIDES RESOURCES AND INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INFLUENCING THEIR OWN FUTURE AND EXPEND ENERGY TOWARD ACHIEVING INDEPENDENCE AND SELF SUFFICIENCY.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a volunteer tax preparer for SPIN/Centerboard's Financial Stability Center in 2009 and 2010. As an Accounting student during a challenging economic period I thought it was a good opportunity to increase my skills. With the staff's help, I was able to do that. Their professional, yet friendly, approach helped me to further understand tax preparation skills and requirements. But something else happened along the way; I found that I was helping others during a stressful time of year (tax season).

And that is the secret of any successful non-profit - to help others whether they cross the threshold searching for help, looking for employment, or to volunteer. Their friendly, professional, compassionate approach serves to help all of their clients regardless of which side of the desk they sit.

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

Narrow their focus and increase their private contributions so they are not so heavily dependent upon public finance.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I make quilts and knit and crochet hats and sweaters for this organization. They always make sure that someone who needs these donations receives them. Have spoken with some folks that they have helped. What a worthy cause.

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

meeting with the staff and people that they have helped

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

Get more donations for them

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

6 people found this review helpful

EXCELLENT programs and staff. I have referred many clients to this agency over the years and have always been impressed by the caring, honest nature of the case managers at SPIN.

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

I have referred many of my own clietns seeking assitance to this agency. I was impressed immediately with the care my clients recieved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

As a donor, I have been very impressed by the success stories of real families who have gotten a "hand up" rather than a "handout" from this organization. I have met some of these success stories. SPIN consistently gets people off the streets and into productive lives. They take my dollars and turn it into hope...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Members of the business community who want to give back to those less fortunate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I started as a volunteer in the office of SPIN in 1992. I've been happy to see the organization grow and sustain the wonderful programs it offers to get people to become self sufficent. I was an active board member for many years and am still always happy to help out when I can. The leadership is stong and very professional - all the while serving from the heart!

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

seeing lives changed, permanently for the better.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the Executive Director is extremely professional and qaulified - and truely serves from her heart.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

eliminate homelessness and make a dent in addiction - while helping people become productive individuals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have served on the Board of Director, Advisory Board, in the field working with the people SPIN helps and serves as well as donated money to SPIN. This is a great organization which fills a much needed gap in services for the homeless families of Orange County CA.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Exponentially change the number of homeless families that find self sufficiency, self respect and a productive place in society

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have served on the Board of SPIN for more than 3 years. As a Board we work with staff and donors to return more than 90% of our funds into our programs. This takes tremendous fiscal restraint and yet the staff are 100%5 supportative. Each staff person is a key element in the organizations success. This year all of us are shouldering more of the administrative burdens to ensure that the working poor in Orange county have every opportunity to thrive.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Endow our programs permanently. We could purchase our own housing units that would provide a safety net to our program graduates. wWth our own housing we could help more family's attain sustainability and a return to dignity in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Have been affiliated as a Board member and supporter of SPIN since 1997. SPIN is extraordinarily effective at making people self-sufficient, who have practically given up hope on life. The time and commitment made by SPIN (handful of people) yield remarkable benefits to the community.

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

many ways over many years.

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

do all possible to get more endowment monies flowing to it so that it could do more for those in need.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing people regain a life for themselves and family members when all looked lost.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extrememly devoted to helping others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of many people.

Ways to make it better...

I were able to devote more time to assist in their needs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping sufficient funding up to the need levels.

One thing I'd also say is that...

grass roots organizations like SPIN deserve our support based on the results they achieve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been actively involved with the board for 12 years. It is a great organization with excellent staff and crucial services for the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring staff and the devotion of the Executive Director, Jean Wegener, to see this non profit deliver the best services to the homeless community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

SPIN really helps the homeless in Orange County. They have a tremendous success rate, helping families become self sufficient. They offer a hand up, not a hand out. Their operations are lean and almost all of the money donated to them goes directly to housing, or other services. They really care, and I highly recommend donating to them, it will make you feel better when you know you are helping families right here in Orange County.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

You get to see how you are significantly helping families. These are real people living right next door.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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