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December 3, 2009

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December 3, 2009

I began volunteering nearly 20 years ago and served on the Board. And as a former Board President, my experience was one of gratitude for the wonderful works that the Staff and other Volunteers do to help the many lives of the children Alternative House serves.

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

dedicated and caring and did a great job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 3, 2009

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December 3, 2009

I have met several people, board members, the business development director(Gina), several volunteers and managers and the people they help. the people involved in this organization are incredible people with a great cause and everyone is 100% committed to helping at-risk youth. Their mission is clear from the staff that you talk to and the people they help. They do an incredible job.

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

totally committed and love what they do.

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

Build more shelters, organize more programs for at risk youth, do more for single mothers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 12, 2009

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July 12, 2009

Alternative House is a wonderful nonprofit that supports teens in various ways related to homelessness, including a teen homeless shelter, a teen center, neighborhood outreach to at-risk youth, and a long term shelter for pregnant teens. The attitude of the staff is so supportive and the feedback from the teens is wonderful. Many of them get their GEDs, get a job, learn to budget, deal with issues better, and some even going on to college. It is a strong blend of Federal, County, Corporate, and Individual funding.

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

Young teens getting their lives back on track, teens learning to be good mothers and have happy children as well as the financial ability to provide.

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

Continue to do what is being done, support teens at risk in a variety of ways using all available resources.

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

Seeing the results - an unemployed high school dropout get her GED, a job, study, and obtain a college scholarship. The Board is also a wonderful group to work with, very involved and supportive.

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

Very engaged, helpful, and excited to be a part of something important.

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

Expand capacity for homeless teens, especially those 18-21 that can no longer stay in family shelters but are at risk being so young in an adult shelter. Also, demand for the young mothers is high and this gives them an alternative to abortion.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of an improvement. The work is wonderful, good staff and well publicized results.

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

Constantly finding funding and trying to expand the programs to meet the needs, especially in today's economy where funds are dropping and demands are rising.

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

If you are opposed to abortion, the young mothers support is a wonderful way to lower abortions by providing teens with another alternative.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Beautify one of our properties' grounds by planting a garden, prepare a meal for our young people at the Teen Center in Culmore or the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers in Vienna, assist in child care while our young mothers are at work or school, and more! Volunteer