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March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

Fifteen years ago, I worked for Breakthrough House as a "house parent." It was the most rewarding experience I've had. Every client brought a different set of "willingnesses" and "capabilities" to every communal activity. This is what made it both rewarding and challenging. One didn't like the dinner. One loved the dinner, but didn't want to set the table. One wanted to set the table, but didn't want to do the dishes. Some wanted to do menu planning. Some did not. Some wanted to help with meal preparation. Some did not. Balancing these unique demands - and working through them with the give and take that's vital to a family experience is what made Breakthrough House so special to me. Some of these clients had never experienced "give and take" and - as a result - had never enjoyed the feeling of "getting" from another in one arena or "giving" to another in a different arena.
This kind of living experience - and challenging clients to strive as if they had nothing to lose - is the model for success in my never-to-be humble opinion.

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my life as a professional since leaving Breakthrough House.

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wish that organizations like Breakthrough House were afforded more flexibility to carry its vision through.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have been on the BTH Board for a little more than 3 years now. In addition I am serving as Treasurer (3rd term) Very interesting and challenging experience.
Of course our main focus is on financials and the continuing stability of the agency. Given the current economic crisis, this
issue is a long on-going discussion which commands most of our efforts.
It has been my good fortune to be able to work with fellow Board members who are both focused and dedicated to helping BTH grow. BTH staff has also been very inovative and hard working. Have much enjoyed the action and challenge.

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Fund raising (Monopoly Tournament) and increased services for members/rsidents of the agency

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Find more funding and provide new and better designed residential facilities.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Breakthrough House is a wonderful place! I feel so priviledged to have the opportunity to help such a great organization! The consumers, staff & supporters are truly amazing. Thank you Breakthrough House!

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I love seeing the consumers thrive! They are valuable members of the community!

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