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June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

I have been volunteering with the harm reduction center for about 9 months. This organization holds human dignity at the center of its operation. From the day of my orientation, I was shown that AHRC takes people where they are at that day, provides the services available, and offers authentic explanations referrals and understanding when there is something they cannot provide a visitor. As a volunteer, I am acknowledged and valued every week i show up, and that is a wonderful feeling.

The concept of harm reduction does not get much play in the world of recovery, and that is another reason I love AHRC. Because harm reduction is the real time response to what is actually going on with people. They acknowledge the truth about issues faced by people who use drugs and have sex.

Another great thing about AHRC is that it recognizes the contexts of people's lives. In the neighborhood where AHRC operates it would be a farce to tell people to "just say no" when many people live without their basic needs being met. AHRC makes a dollar out of fifteen cents, and makes sure people get fed, clothed, and have a place to talk about what is going on.

One last thing I love about AHRC is the way that they don't make you answer a million irrelevant questions before providing service. They get the information they need but do not ask a person to disclose highly personal things on the first visit, like some social service agencies.

I love AHRC. Their aim is true.

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

I have seen people keep coming back and getting their drug use under control, finding support and community ina sometimes bleak situation, be treated as a whole person rather that being identified by the service they are seeking.

Ways to make it better...

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

Fund them more! More people's lives would be improved, fewer people would die from overdose and HIV.

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

In 2009 I met Jeffrey McDowell at a meeting where he vocally advocated for inclusion of his constituent base in our upcoming English Avenue First Annual Festival of Lights. Drawn by his passionate advocacy, I arranged a meeting and discovered this awesome group of people working and advocating 24/7 for the poorest, most needy in English Avenue, especially, and beyond. I got new education on needle exchange. I met awesome people transformed by the work of this team. I fell in love with the people and the mission of AHRC. I am here to support, encourage, undergird and advance the work of AHRC and the spirits of its staff and other volunteers. Mamie Moore, volunteer Administrative Assistant English Avenue Community Development Corporation

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

Re-education on spirit, practicallity, soundness for health of our people, community of needle exchange; on how to support our people while they are dealing with substance dependency and overcoming it.

Ways to make it better...

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

advance funding to increase programmtic staff

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

the people - staff, volunteers, clients

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

powerful, passionate, uncompromisingly dedicated to mission of AHRC and its constituent base, self sacrificing

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

develop and implement programs which - connect faith based institutions in a faith based manner -increase the number of clients served - secure a building which would advance the capapcity and focus of services provided

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with them

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

funding

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

its time that we stop talking about doing more of what AHRC and its sister agencies do and put our money where our mouths are.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

I first began working with the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center as part of a project for my MBA program. A team of MBA students and I developed a strategy to help improve the organization's external communications. As a student of healthcare management with some understanding of the state of healthcare needs in the Atlanta area, I was immediately drawn to this organization's mission. The AHRC and its staff help to improve the health status of one of the most depressed communities I've seen in Atlanta. And they do so in a culturally competent and compassionate manner. Many of the people helped by the AHRC often return as volunteers, which speaks to the quality of the services offered and speaks to the quality of the client experience. Because of their success in helping to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission and drug addiction in this often forgotten northwest Atlanta community, the AHRC has become an essential component of the Atlanta public health system.

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

Visiting the center. The organization consistently has people from the community stop by for HIV testing. The several time's I've visited, the lobby was busy with people getting tested.

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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

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