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November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I have been involved with Alternative House for two years, both as a volunteer and a Board member. In my volunteer capacity, I worked with the teens being housed at the shelter and attended the facilitated groups helping to improve their coping skills. The staff is knowledgeable, compassionate and skilled. I am also a mentor for homeless teens at one of our youth homes, and found this program to be invaluable for those individuals who were dedicated to getting their high school degrees but had nowhere to live -- this gave them safe shelter, and the peace of mind to concentrate on their educations. Alternative House provides multiple fantastic programs. The administrative staff and Board of Directors is excellent, and the budgetary discipline is exemplary. I highly recommend this program.

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

many ways -- children who have gotten back on track, reunited with their families, discovered different ways of living, finished their high school degrees...all good programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more staff

September 1, 2010

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September 1, 2010

I have worked with AH for the past two years, and found it to be an extremely well-run organization providing services critical to teens in trouble. The staff is excellent and caring, the executive team knowledgeable, compassionate and efficient, and the volunteers willing and ready to help. I continue to work with them because our young people need a place to go when they're in trouble, and this one offers the help and understanding they need. I wish they had more funding to expand!

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

watching my students grow and become independent, going to school, getting jobs, and feeling great about themselves!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 9, 2009

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December 9, 2009

Now that my children have gotten older, I am in need of loving babies. The time that I have spent rocking babies and reading to toddlers has been very rewarding. Giving of your time and resources to charities outside of our area is great, but to give back locally is the best. I find myself thinking of these children and young mothers alot. I like to bring something little for the kids most weeks. Crayons, puzzles, and maybe matchbox cars. I don't feel like I am just putting my time in. I hope that I am giving as much as I am getting from the hour and a half every week.

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

the opportunity to spend time with the children, especially the babies, and watch them change and thrive in a loving environment.

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

have been warm, caring and selfless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 7, 2009

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December 7, 2009

It is amazing one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my life to know I have helped make a child's life different.. Be it thru cleaning, cooking or just answering a phone! It all helps! The Counselor's and Staff at Alternative House are amazing and go above and beyond to help children/teens in need! I love it here and could not think of a better place to Volunteer at! I hope everyone get's a chance to give back in life...

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

Knowing that the Teens/Kids that come here are SAFE!

Ways to make it better...

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

NOTHING they are doing everything right!

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

Seeing the difference such lil things do in shaping a Teen/Child's life

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

AMAZING

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

DO so much more to help in our Area...

Ways to make it better...

NOTHING it is AMAZING

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

DONATIONS/Help/MONEY

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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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