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January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

Advance Memphis is staffed with people who care about the neighborhood near downtown Memphis. Residents in the community are eager to partner with Advance Memphis because they are exciting about the opportunities for jobs, soft skills development and spiritual growth that Advance offers.

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

do more for the residents of Cleaborn and Foote Homes in downtown Memphis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

Advance Memphis is a wonderful ministry. Steve Nash and his staff have made a huge difference for the city of Memphis. They are changing lives with their financial literacy programs and job training classes. It has been a pleasure to get to know Steve and his fellow workers. I can't say enough good things about Advance!!!!!!

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

The people of Advance is what stands out to me. They are tireless in their efforts and just good people.

Ways to make it better...

If we could get the word out to more people about the work of Advance Memphis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 30, 2010

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January 30, 2010

AdVance Memphis is a success story. Through the efforts and strong commitment of Steve Nash and his amazing and dedicated staff, AdVance Memphis is putting people in poverty to work and on the road to financial freedom. By focusing on the people in one neighborhood and their individual journeys, AdVance has achieved success that few economic development agencies can match. They have worked hard to get to know the neighbors and the neighborhood and their reputation there sets them apart. I cannot say enough good things about this amazing organization.

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

The fact that they are authentic. These are people who are immersed in this neighborhood and its people. They are a small organization with an entrepreneurial spirit willing to try new things to help the people they serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 25, 2010

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January 25, 2010

I have seen and experienced the Kingdom of God advancing through Advance Memphis. As Advance seeks to restore dignity to men and women created in the image of God by training them in their Jobs for Life program, leading them in Bible Studies, sending them to work, or just being with them in their neighborhood they allow people like me to get caught up in what the Lord is doing through them. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of what the Lord is doing through Advance Memphis as he brings his Kingdom to bear in this city.

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

seeing those they train and serve move from despair to dignity as they train them and help them find employment.

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

the excellence with which they do their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

I first learned about Advance Memphis threw the career center back in 2007. They said that it was a non profit that helpes the community that I live in. Once I was there,I found out that it was also Christian base;I got to know and love the place. I love the place so much that I got envolved with the classes that they have to offer. I graduated from thier Jobs for Life class with honors. I recieve G.E.D training from them wich helped me get my High School Diploma after being out of school for 9 years,and I reccomend people everywhere that I go to go and be apart of everything that Advance Memphis has to offer, they've been good to me and I love to give back. Good luck to Advance Memphis and Thanks...

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

The prayer meetings,the computer classes, the money managment,the I.D.A, program, and just the all around home away from home feeling that you get from the staff and visitors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 18, 2010

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January 18, 2010

Advance Memphis provides a holistic, community-based resource center for low-income adults in the heart of inner-city Memphis. Because Advance puts personal relationships and a long term commitment to a single local community at the forefront of their ministry, clients from the most difficult demographics in terms of employment have found real success in their careers and in their financial lives. Advance provides top notch soft-skills job training and financial literacy classes in a small group setting, one-on-one budget counseling, computer classes, job referral services, Individual Development Accounts, and free pscyhological counseling. Graduates of Advance's program are proud to be a part of the work, and consistently return to volunteer and even to use their new found employment to help others from the neighborhood. Several graduates have gone on to become employees at Advance. As a former staff member, I saw single mothers and young ex-felons who had been to numerous large government funded welfare-to-work programs with little to no success find the relationships, the education, and the long term encouragement they needed to find and keep jobs.

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

the opportunity to meet low income adults from my home city who are working hard to change their lives, and finding the strength to do so through a faith-based non-profit that is committed to seeing a stronger local community.

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

absolutely committed to the dignity of the poor. Much community work is done with an implicit needs/deficit framework that actually undermines the foundation of economic development. Advance empowers people to use God's gifts as people made in His image.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 18, 2010

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January 18, 2010

Advance Memphis is an established non-profit whose entire staff is devoted to advancing the kingdom one relationship at a time within the community. It is amazing to see the lives touched by Advance Memphis. Not only are lives touched within the community but also those that volunteer to serve with Advance. The building of relationships with the people of the community has really begun to transform the community as they seek hope and purpose for their lives. It has been amazing to see and hear different people within the community tell their story of how their lives have been changed by something/someone from Advance. I'm excited to be a part of a program that stays focused on serving others and fostering relationships that mean something.

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

seeing people coming through at Advance Memphis, learning job skills and then being hired by my employer.

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

have the staff work along side volunteers that could help them strengthen their individual areas

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

seeing lives change/grow and seeing hearts soften

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

driven, dedicated and selfless

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

further strengthen it's current programs to help "Advance" the members in the community even more

Ways to make it better...

I could personnally find the time to get more involved

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

funding during these unusual economic times

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

It's not only about having the money to operate a non-profit but also about people opening up their hearts to see what Advance Memphis is all about and then finding ways to get engaged

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 18, 2010

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January 18, 2010

This past summer (of 2009), I spent three months working at Advance Memphis developing the GED program. Through this experience I got to observe the organization very closely. Perhaps one of the most noticeable and profound characteristics of Advance Memphis is it's love for the community and individuals in it. The programs that it offers are also very solid. It would be a difficult task to find an organization that loves any neighborhood (on organizational and/or personal levels) more than Advance Memphis loves the 38126 neighborhood and the people in it.

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

the love and care it shares to everyone who walks in the doors.

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

committed and caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 15, 2010

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January 15, 2010

When I got involved at Advance Memphis several years ago, I naively believed that I would have a lot to offer the organization. On the contrary, the organization ended up teaching me and offering me so much. The staff and participants have done wonders to change my perspective about injustice and how to love and serve our under-resourced brothers and sisters. In my opinion, the greatest thing about Advance is the high standards that are set by the staff and the example that they are for the participants. The result has been a culture of excellence. Everything they do, they do thoroughly and do it well. There needs to be more groups like Advance, chipping away at systemic poverty - one relationship at a time. Best of all, everything they do is through the grid of a Gospel worldview.

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

not change a thing.

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

watching it grow!

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

the best around. They are there for a reason and truly love their constituency.

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

focus more on development and less on having to raise funds. It can transform Memphis without $10M bucks...think about what it could do with $10M bucks.

Ways to make it better...

More people outside the neighborhood would take the time to visit and see what an impact is being made in 38126.

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

Donors that just write a check but don't show up and get involved...I'm as guilty as anyone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 15, 2010

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January 15, 2010

I have worked with several nonprofits in my career, and Advance Memphis has far and away done the best job of actively seeking out community members and fostering deep relationships between staff, volunteers, and the community it is a part of. Advance does a masterful job of connecting its clients to excellent resources and people that truly bring change to the whole person, far surpassing its mission to provide the knowledge and skills to find work and save money. With a curriculum firmly rooted in the truth of the Bible and the good news of Jesus Christ, Advance is committed to lasting and holistic change. Furthermore, I am impressed with Advance's dedication to provide the community it serves with the best possible services. The organization is continually reviewing best practices and actively listening to the community it loves for input and direction. I have witnessed Advance change the lives of countless clients, staff, and volunteers and would encourage anyone to be a part of what the Lord is doing through Advance.

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

the lessons i've learned through building relationships with people of a different background.

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

passionate about giving themselves for the sake of others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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