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April 3, 2012

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April 3, 2012

Alternative House transforms the lives of children and youth helping them stay safe, make positive decisions, achieve educational success, and overcome personal crises. They offer children and families hope for brighter futures by providing counseling, shelter and neighborhood-based support. I became involved with this Charity both in giving my time and donations as I was very impressed with the many different ways they help youth. All aspects of Alternative House are outstanding from the wonderful staff and volunteers, the programs, the facilities and the care and difference that they make in many people's lives.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I recently joined the board of this organization, mainly because I was so impressed with what they do for the children in our community. The organization has an outstanding exective director and staff that is dedicated to helping young people in need get back on their feet.

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

I attended the annual breakfast and listened to the young people who have had their lives touched by Alternative House. It was powerful to hear their stories.

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

If resources were available, expand its programs across more of northern Virginia.

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

The Alternative House is known in the Northern Virginia area as the abused and homeless children's refuge. It is the only local area emergency shelter for teens and youths. But the Alternative House does so much more. It also runs a separate program that provides housing and shelter to young mothers (its Assisting Young Mothers program). Additionally, it runs a hotline, after school programs, counseling, and numerous other community outreach efforts.

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

I have met with young mothers who are living at AYM houses(Assisting Young Mothers). They are working hard, raising their children, working, and training. They are able to do this because they receive housing and shelter through the Alternative House.

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

Make it bigger to meet the growing need for shelter and housing in these trying times.

September 20, 2010

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September 20, 2010

Alternative House, the abused and homeless children's refuge, is a fantastic organization, helping hundreds of at risk youth in Northern Virginia each year. In addition to the emergency shelter, they have special programs for young mothers and after school and summer enrichment programs, so kids have meals, counseling and safe outlets year round. Everyone should know of their great work in the community.

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

countless ways.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 3, 2009

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December 3, 2009

Alternative House, it's staff and it's volunteers, provides such an incredible support to homeless, runaway, abused teens in our area. I find the work done there allows these teens to stay in school, become productive, not to follow a cycle they were once in. From doing some volunteer work in the shelter, I see how hard everyone works to make this place a safe shelter. It is very hard to put into words the awe I feel of these individuals and the work that they do.

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

compassionate and educated. I felt that the staff were always involved in the day to day running of the shelter and AYM. And that the volunteers that I met there were excited to be there, to help in any way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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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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