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January 11, 2010

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January 11, 2010

To the wonderful staff at Beyond Shelter: I would just like to say how attentive and professional your organization is. I was treated so nicely with a lot of consideration. I appreciate your staff a lot. I pray that all of you recieve promotions as you deserve. Garrett who drove me to pick up my son from school was very professional and drove with a lot of caution and we are thankful for that. This is to let your company know you are all appreciated. Dante, Sonny, and I are greatful for your help and other single parents looking for a better life.

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

Help the growing problem of homelessness in Los Angeles and could develop more housing for families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I have to say what a blessing it has been for me. I was homeless a little over two yrs. I have been in and out of employment because I have not and could not maintain stability for myself due to different circumstances. So I have traveled from shelter to shelter until someone close to me informed me of Beyond Shelter and the resources it could provide if I was willing to accept the help. I kept my head up and remained strong and continued to do the footwork that I needed to do to improve my circumstances, not knowing where I would end up. God and his angels have continued to watch over me because today my child and I are no longer moving from place to place, shelter to shelter. And I know I have a new chance in life, and not to take this chance for granted. I sit here writing this letter at a gorgeous dining room table that I would not have been able to afford, and I sleep on a queen size bed in my bedroom that would have taken me a couple of months to save up for, and I sit in the living room on a sofa and loveseat that I just wouldn't have been able to buy for at least six months. I am truly blessed and I thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart. I have been shown nothing but kindness and understanding since moving into my Beyond Shelter apartment, and I am extremely grateful. --Sincerely, L.L.

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

kind and understanding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

Beyond Shelter has truly been a blessing to me and the kids. They have blessed us with a home, and with some new beds, and with the support we need for a better life. We had some hard times before getting our apartment, but now that we have it we are all so happy. I don’t know where we would be without Beyond Shelter’s help.

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

They were very helpful and showed a lot of love to us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I was in a shelter for 2 years. During that time I went to school to become an elder care provider. I finished that then went to school again to become a CNA. Beyond Shelter has been there for us through good times and bad times. My worker was Fani and she knew how to keep my head up no matter what. Each time I came to Beyond Shelter a small or big miracle happened and that I'm very thankful for.

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

The way I'm living and what I became.

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

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

The faith they showed me how to be a better person.

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

help more people.

Ways to make it better...

I would have finished school before, getting my GED before.

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

for me, becoming a better and stronger person.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

My son and I moved to Los Angeles from Alabama. I had come to Los Angeles to visit a friend. I decided to stay in Los Angeles. I found employment but unfortunately the business I worked for went out of business. My son and I lived in different shelter until we ended up in one of the shelters on skid row. Another family that had been staying at the shelter told me about this great organization. I went to Beyond Shelter and that same day Beyond Shelter placed me in a hotel. My son and I no longer had to stay on skid row. Beyond shelter helped me find my own affordable permanent housing. Once I moved into my own apartment Beyond Shelter made sure I had all the necessities such as furniture, cleaning and cooking supplies. I was also assigned a case manager who would visit me at my home at least once per month to make sure that my son and I were stablizing. My case manager was always there for me anytime I had any questions or concerns. All the staff at Beyond Shelter always made me feel so welcomed and cared for. Every time I think about Beyond Shelter and what they have done for me and my son I get so happy.

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

I was able to finally get my own place so my son could have some where to call home.

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

Intake persons, case manager and directors. I was even able to meet the CEO.

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

Beyond Shelter would be able to get so many other families off of skid Row.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 20, 2009

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December 20, 2009

I ended up living in my car with my 14 year old son and 3 year old baby. Both of my kids have special needs but my son does great in school. My baby needs care 24 hours a day. She has a disease like cerebral palsy and spina bifida. I have mental health issues myself but I have always worked. But due to my baby's needs, I ended up losing a lot of hours and work and then I lost my job. Because of our problems then we were involved with Childrens Services. I had to go to the Family Court and they told me to do numerus things. We went back many times. My mom was taking care of my baby but my son and me stayed in our car. It was scary and I thought we would be robbed so many times. The Judge told me to go to a certain place that would help us because we are Native Americans. But we are also black and the place would not believe us. I had to leave and change my baby's diaper on the street because they wouldn't accept us. Then we were walking back and saw Beyond Shelter sign on the street. I went in and they helped us all so much. They understood what we were going through and they listened to me. They did not look down on me because of our troubles. I was able to do what the Judge said with the Family Court and now I have another job and we have our own place. We went through race prejudice and things that nobody could ever explain. This was the most caring people ever and I will always be grate full to Beyond Shelter.

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

helping get our lives back on track and a place to live. I was helped to make it through the Family Court with Advocacy.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help give more information to the public because they need to know who really helps people. There is not too man y people aware of what help is available there.

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

They made me feel like I could help myself and my kids. I don't know what I would do if I did not see the sign that day.

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

A miracle to me.

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

Help many mothers and their children.

Ways to make it better...

The people that were predjudiced against us. I con't want to say who they are but they are not a good organization and do not help people. The court should not send people to them because the paper I was given was all lies.

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

The people that helped me always say they could help more with more resources.

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

People need to be aware of the predjudice and groups out there that the Court says will help and they do not help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 19, 2009

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December 19, 2009

I have lived in downtown Los Angeles for nine years (I relocated from New York City). When I first arrived in my new Loft I could not understand why there were so many homeless families on the streets in one of America's largest Cities. I went on a quest to attempt to understand the issues and what organizations were working on the problem. I was directed to Tanya Tull, and Beyond Shelter. Shortly after meeting Tanya, and learning about Beyond Shelter I join the board of Directors. I have worked with non-profit organizations my whole life. Beyond Shelter's work by far is the important work being done to address the homeless family's issue! The organization has provided a much needed support system that is changing Los Angeles, the United States, and is modeling programs that can be used worldwide.

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

knowing that the programs at Beyond Shelter really work and that they are truly making a difference for the families that the organization supports. Also, the dedication of the brilliant team of people who are Beyond Shelter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

I was amazed by the people working there and how helpful they are. It was great and i had a very fun experience.

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

very helpful and fun to work with. I love to help with these kinds of nonprofit organizations and i believe they are doing good work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

It was amazing and the people helping were great to work with. As i was working the people were very helpful and fun to work with.

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

amazing and fun to work with. they also were very helpful and very descriptive about the jobs i needed to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 17, 2009

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December 17, 2009

Beyond Shelter is hands down the most effective non-profit I have ever encountered. Its staff and volunteers' passionate commitment to its mission--ending family homelessness--translates to results. When I decided to get involved in a non-profit that deals with the tragedy of homelessness, I looked at many agencies in Los Angeles. What brought me to volunteer, and later join its Board of Directors, was both its focus on families, and the achievements and commitment of its diverse staff. Not only do they help individuals get out of temporary emergency shelters into permanent residences, they provide critical support in terms of job training and placement, child care, and other assistance so that the vast majority of their clients never have to experience homelessness again. I could not be more proud of any agency. I only wish we could do more, help more people. If Beyond Shelter receives additional funding, they can expand their nationally-recognized program to help even more families in Los Angeles. They also impact individuals around the country, through their trainings conducted by Beyond Shelter's Institute for Research.

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

delivering donated furniture and household items to several families living in their new apartments without any belongings. One young woman had a toddler daughter the same age as my son, and we talked about parenting challenges and positive discipline.

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

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

Working with like-minded individuals to help homeless children and their parents, and spreading the word about this incredible organization to my friends and colleagues.

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

Courageous, committed, professional, dedicated, smart, empathetic, persistent.

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

eradicate family homelessness? probably help find jobs for at least 300 formerly homeless parents, and find housing for at least 1,500 families.

Ways to make it better...

We could help more families in more extensive ways.

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

the economy, which is increasing the demand for their services as previously middle-class families seek help, and which is decreasing the funds available to provide services to these families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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From November through December, volunteers are welcome to assist in organizing and preparing toys, clothing and other holiday gifts for families. In South Los Angeles, Beyond Shelter's two Neighborhood Resource Centers have many different volunteer tasks and needs that could accommodate short-term projects. Volunteer