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May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

As a retired teacher, I came to the Benedict Center to tutor women for their GED's. I went to teach; but I learned. My eyes have been opened to the frustration and needs of the underprivileged and to the unfairness of the criminal justice system. The Benedict Center gets it! The staff provides programs that educate, empower, and direct women to get out of a seemingly impossible hole and get on with their lives. Impressive!

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I have seen the results of this organization over and over as women come into the center confused and frightened. "I can't," becomes "I did!" As they go through the programs and get their certificates, empowering them to move on.

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

I love seeing the growth in the women as they go through the various programs that are offered. I am humbled by these impressive women as they pull their lives together. I gain more than I give!

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

The staff is competent, caring, and understanding of the needs while providing the discipline needed.

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

It could change the way we view the criminal justice. It would prevent crime and empower those who live in circumstances that foster criminal activity to be leaders for community justice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

Our society is framed by large margins which are teeming with troubled individuals. Organizations and policies attempt to address the needs of the underprivileged, but rarely does one encounter one as effective and impressive as the Benedict Center. This organization brings women who have had legal and addiction troubles into a vibrant community. It is a place rich with opportunity and support, as well as discipline. Whether taking counseling, anger management classes, or working on their GED, most clients are empowered by their experiences there. Bravo!

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Education and moving beyond addiction are significant milestones for these women. Yet perhaps more significant is the change when they become connected to a community,valued and respected. The women feel capable of accomplishing things and contributing.

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

to join in the beautiful 'chorus'. We are bombarded with sad and frightening tales of human folly. The Benedict Center offers dignity, respect, and healing; it is an oasis in many ways!

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

Competent, pleasant, personable.

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

change our community. The Benedict Center crusades for alternatives to incarceration, healthy individuals and families, positive parenting and education. These programs could really divert negative trends in our city if more extensively funded.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

At the Benedict Center I have have seen compassion shown for those who most people dismiss-- those who have been arrested for criminal activity. While talking with some of these people, many of whom have probably done things that I would find abhorable and some of whom may be innocent, I am reminded that, despite what they may or may not have done, they are people with special gifts and special needs who should not be locked behind doors only to be forgotten. Through the Jail Book Club I am able to bring in a piece of the outside world and a bit of humanity.

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recognizing the inhumaneness of the criminal justice system. There is little or no programming offered to inmates without outside volunteers who can contact them.

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

the ability to see life from a different perspective - to walk in someone else's shoes.

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

concerned and caring, professional, and generous.

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

help create a criminal justice system that is fair, equitable and effective.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

When I came to the Benedict Center to volunteer, I found whe staff very friendly and welcoming, and the women participants were extremely grateful for any help I could give them. All of the women at the center have had conflict with the law, and they come to better their lives. They learn to overcome many obstacles, such as poverty, homelessness, abuse, drug addiction, and crime. Yet, they are all treated with respect and dignity in order to build their confidence and self esteem. As a volunteer, I felt that I was making a significant contribution to their progress.

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that I had to complete 100 hours of community service while on probation, and was accepted without judgment. I was able to serve in an environment that accepted my own failures unconditionally, and allowed me to give back as part of my own recovery.

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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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