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November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

I'm an original Board Member of this wonderful and caring Shelter for over 100 men and women each night at no charge, who would otherwise be out on the harsh streets of Des Moines. I've seen the Shelter continue to expand, not only in it's basic programming, but in its vision for a round- the -clock care and housing for chronic homeless. The Board through the years has been unbelievably committed and visionary, sharing their passion with others in our Community to make it a household word of ultimate caring for those of the least of us. In addition to housing homeless, the Shelter provides 2 meals each day, a clinic sponsored by a local hospital, computer/GED classes, transportation to and from jobs for clients, and serves as the Community Kitchen in Des Moines Metro area, sending out over 450 meals each day to different meal sites for families, individuals and children at no charge.

The Great!

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

The Shelter has grown,not only by the services provided, but by our stature and sense of place in the Community. This result is due partly to our current Director, who has reached out to city leaders, organizers and those who are influential in helping expand the Shelter. The Staff has risen to the occasion as well, providing caring and dignity to our clients.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help get our new building finished by next year, allowing more people a safe and welcoming environment. We're on our way, but time means more to those in need than the bystanders. We could also use more Social Workers to assist those to a place beyond homelessness.

November 9, 2010

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November 9, 2010

I volunteer for Monday evening check-in at the Central Iowa Shelter. I have the privilege of working with the committed staff and helping clients get registered to stay in a bed at the shelter overnight. The shelter serves 3 meals a day, provides caseworkers to help clients move forward, has computer lab access for job searching and resume writing, and brings in Legal Aid, Primary Health Care, and GED services. CISS provides for the immediate needs of homeless men and women in Polk County who desperately need the help.

The Great!

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

seeing clients move from the Shelter to stable housing.

Ways to make it better...

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

rush along the building of the new shelter, because they are in need of bigger facility to better serve their clients and expand the services they can provide.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Opened my eyes to the lives and stories of the homeless population in Polk County.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grateful and encouraged that help is available for those in need of emergency housing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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