Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 38099 Schoolcraft Rd. Suite 131 Livonia MI 48150 USA

Mission: People enabling People to "Break the Cycle of Poverty" by Bridging the Gaps in Services.
Results: 32 clients are off all forms of Government, State and Local assistance who are either homeowners, small business owners or continuing their education.
Target demographics: individuals to become self-sufficient and off ALL forms of government assistance!
Direct beneficiaries per year: 36 Individuals gain full time employment, provided case management to over 53 individuals, gave away 22 backpacks to kids in need, assisted 132 individuals into self-sufficiency and off government assistance and assisted over 162 families with State emergency relief.
Geographic areas served: Michigan
Programs: Case Management Life Coaching Financial Literacy Wrap around services Workforce Resume' assistance Virtual Interviewing State Emergency Relief Application assistance

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated school supplies for the last three years and I see where my money goes....I love it!

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

Nothing

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am blessed to have Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc. in my area, not only is it convenient because it is so much closer than Michigan Works. I started WTFSS's program not long after they opened their new location in Belleville. WTFSS has given me the inspiration that things will get better, by providing me with any resource that is available. I have 4 children and their mother is MIA, without a job It is so hard to provide for them. WTFSS has allowed me to visit their clothing closet which was awesome to be able to get my kids some decent clothes and shoes. WTFSS taught me how to use a computer and create a proper resume. I am now employed and I cannot thank WTFSS enough. Without WTFSS, I don't know what I would have done. So I want to give Kudos to Tonia & Deanna for running such a great program.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ways to Family Self-Suffciency is a great program for low-income individuals like myself. I have visited WTFSS's Belleville location several times. The girls in the office are so helpful as far as teaching those of us that are not computer literate how to create a great resume and job search. The most important thing about WTFSS is that they are so personable, they don't treat you like a number and you can clearly see their passion for helping others. WTFSS also has awesome case management, the staff their actually calls me on a monthly basis to do a follow-up so they know the status or progression I have made, it's nice to know that WTFSS cares so much about their clients. I don't know where I would be without WTFSS's program. I just want to thank the staff for all they have assisted me with. Thank you so much.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tonia Cramier and WTFSS have a huge heart. They have walked in the same shoes as their client's have and are proof that they know what they talk about!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year our crew at Target help WTFSS distribute gently used winter apparel to homeless veterans and their families. This organization goes where ever they are needed and that is why our team chose them to assist, they go beyond the call of duty!

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  

I love the crew at Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, they have helped me in more ways than I can say thank you!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Deanna Curlee and the entire staff at Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency are helpful, they seem to know so much about the communities they serve. If they can not help you they know who can. I have been a client since 2009 and I am getting ready to graduate off the FSS program and buy my first house thanks to them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc. is a bright shining star that sheds relentless positive light into the dark and gloomy outlook of Ex-offenders! Its mission of “...empowering people to "break the cycle of poverty" with a clear vision in the success of our participants through self-sufficiency...” allows their committed professionals to incorporate programs and services outside of their realm to bring hope and employment self-sufficiency to their participants. One professional, Ms. Tonia Cramier, contacted the State of Michigan Fidelity Bonding Coordinator. She researched and inquired about the Fidelity Bonding Program (FBP) of Michigan, which led to an invitation for me to conduct a FBP presentation and a Question & Answer session. The FBP bonds employers who hire high-risk job seekers who have a troubled background such as ex-offenders. Tonia explained that Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc. assists ex-offenders to interview with employers in order to obtain a job. The interview process is one of the most critical stages for ex-offenders because it will determine if they succeed or fails to rejoin society as productive tax-paying workers. Tonia wanted to offer a resource that would alleviate employers’ concerns about hiring and employing high-risk job seekers, eliminate a barrier to employment and help break the cycle of poverty. The more ex-offenders who are successfully employed, the less chance they will return to prison; therefore, the recidivism rate declines and society is safer. The organization truly has made an active commitment to empowering people in order to break the cycle of poverty. Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc. provided me with an outstanding facility for the FBP presentation to an audience of ex-offenders. I am extremely pleased that Tonia took the initiative to contact me so that I was able to provide free FBP informational materials and to conduct the free FBP presentation including the Question & Answer session. This action demonstrates that the organization utilizes funds frugally because the free FBP presentation equated to no additional costs to Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc. I am also grateful to the organization for providing the wonderful facility where one can actually experience the tremendous effort that is made to help transform ex-offenders into successes. Please endorse Ways to Family Self-Sufficiency, Inc. to shine even brighter as it continues to "break the cycle of poverty."

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate tho this organization every year, they are accountable, dedicated and very humble when it comes to the donations they receive.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to this non profit in 2010 with no where to go and no family, I was lost and abused by my boyfriend. They worked with me till I was in my own place and safe, to this day I can not thank them enough!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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