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March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I have donated money to a great deal of charities but this is the first non-for-profit that made me want to give of myself and my time. This entity not only feeds low income families but they also feed their emotions, and their minds. I was cleaning the center one day when they had one of their programs for non-violence. The program dealt with anger management. It was teaching people how to deal with conflict resolutions.

They had a expert who learned from Dr. Martin Luther King non-violence center in Atlanta. He gave examples and did role playing for situations that occur in people's everyday life. He had the attention of families the entire time he talk. The teenagers and the parents were able to role play with problems that were occuring in their lives. It was awesome to watch.

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I have watched how children come into the program not loving themselves and I have seen them months later becoming more confident in their abilites to improve thier families lives.

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I would like to see this organization collaborate with some of the other organization in the community. I think the community and the organization would benefit from some larger groups.

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

CWAH director, staff, and volunteers are a testimony to what a few good people can do to change our world ( or our part of it) for the better. The women (and men) who make CWAH an untiring force in the St. Louis community and Bi-State region need our support. The work they do is timely and urgent. Their mission is clear and their determination strong!

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As a university professor, I know of students who have benefited from the CWAH's work and been able to realize their life goals.

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March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

This is a great orgainzation who impacts low income families. I have seen this orgainzation help give shelter, clothing, food and education to families in need. They have such wonderful programs such as GED mentoring, Group counseling, classses to teach children how to play jazz with different instruments. They teach nutrtional programs to help with obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The group have some fantastic consultants who work with these families for at least a year.

This orgainzation has a wonderful transitional housing program as well. It is a 2 year program which prepares people to become home owners. It shows people how to save money how to deal with their credit scores. It teaches them on how to deal with financial institutions. It teaches them to live by a bugdet.

This orgainzation tries to give a" hand up" to people to help them become more self sufficient. The organization is a resource broker for area families. It is a group who does" make a difference in people's lives"!!!!!!!

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I have personally seen people purchase their own homes with the help of CWAH's transitional housing program!! Great impact on people who other wise would not have had the opportunity.

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I would hire at least another person to help the other fulltime employees. These ladies do a remarkable job with the volunteers they work with throughout the year.

June 3, 2010

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June 2, 2010

As a staff member of CWAH, I learn something new from [Executive Director & Founder]Gloria L. Taylor] each day. She provides important services & programs to those who need them. Her love for people i... more

June 3, 2010

As a staff member of CWAH, I learn something new from [Executive Director & Founder] Gloria L. Taylor each day. She provides important services & programs to those who need them. Her love for people is genuine, and she is a source of strength in the community. She is the best at what you does. It is a privilege to be a part of Community Women Against Hardship and to know and work with Ms. Taylor.

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It's the genuine concern & treatment of the families that it serves & helps: CWAH treats people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 2, 2010

As a staff member of CWAH, I learn something new from [Executive Director & Founder]Gloria L. Taylor] each day. She provides important services & programs to those who need them. Her love for people is genuine, and she is a source of strength in the community. She is the best at what you does. It is a privilege to be a part of Community Women Against Hardship and to know and work with Ms. Taylor.

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As a staff member of CWAH, I learn something new from [Executive Director & Founder]Gloria L. Taylor] each day. She provides important services & programs to those who need them. It's the genuine concern & treatment of the families that it serves & helps: CWAH treats people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 2, 2010

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June 2, 2010

A parent came with a burden to bear They came looking for guidance And perhaps a kind word You saw their challenge And decided to help Your caring voice opened a door A child came looking quite sad And then another, with defiance And you welcomed them all They all came with stories Which were all unique You offered your help – and you listened You may have provided a meal You may have provided gifts You may have provided guidance You may have worked behind the scenes But slowly a change came about The mood seemed lighter And then there was a smile, Maybe first from you Then maybe from a child, a parent It made all the difference to those you touched & helped. The child, the parent looked to you And then there was a smile! Thank you for the smiles, the support, and the love you provide.

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I have donated to various events and items for families.

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2009

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

Community Women Against Hardship (CWAH) is an organization that provides a lifeline to families who have encountered hardtimes and need a helping hand to get them on their feet CWAH adopts 20-30 families for a year and provides them with social services, educational workshops, health and nutrition programs, transitional housing in some cases, food, clothing, funiture and even paying utility bills on occasion. CWAH is an organization that every city needs. There are so many families struggling with poverty and too few organizations are providing the kind of support that CWAH is committed to.

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I see how hard the CEO, Gloria Taylor, works to make this organization what it is. I have seen families who were homeless, move into the transitional housing, and now are homeowners. That is the vision of CWAH--helping families become self-sufficient.

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I would love to see CWAH with more funding sources which would be used to hire additional staff and the expand the existing programs so that CWAH can fully realize its vision.

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

I can see immediately how my efforts are impacting lives.

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

All of the volunteers that I have met have the same zeal and fervor for the mission as its founder, Gloria Taylor. The volunteers are amazing.

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

provide many more services to help many more families become self-sufficient. Many times families just need help in negotiating the intricate systems in our society.

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

Revenue. There is not enough money to do the things the organization wants and needs to do.

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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June 1, 2010

Although I am a relatively new Board Member of Community Against Hardship (CWAH), I have been aware of and associated with the organization in varying capacity for over 10 years. I have seen this organization grow into a critical provider of Family Support and Services within the St Louis Region and project the image that is typically reserved for the national and international presence. When my life took a turn and I was looking for a place to “belong”, it was without hesitation that CWAH became that place; a place where I can help and at times just as important “learn” from others experiences and circumstances. Gloria Taylor’s ability to smile and bring smile to others regardless of the situation is a true testament to “finding your passion” and success will follow. With very little she has been able to help and positively impact so many. My day to day role as VP with Wells Fargo Advisors provides opportunities for me to sharpen my skills. My role at CWAH allows me to utilize those skills beyond the corporate arena and visualize immediate results. I am honored to be associated with such an elite team who continually strive to provide the ultimate best in a desperate society.

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The results I have experienced are the “testimonials” from those who have benefitted from this organization and have seen their lives and hopes renewed. While participating in the recent Christmas and children’s gift program, I realized that it is seeing the smiles of appreciation on the faces of the little ones that makes it worthwhile. Helping out in that even felt more like helping myself, what a wonderful feeling.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 1, 2010

I have been a part of Community Women Against Hardship (CWAH) for sixteen years. The organization has assisted me during a very difficult time in my life. I was a Battered wife and recently divorced with three young children. The case managers and CEO of CWAH reached out to my family and our life has never been the same. During the sixteen years of service and friendship, I have volunteered in several capacities, educated and adopted families. During my service of giving back to the community, I have obtained a dual Associates’ Degree, Bachelors of Arts, two Masters Degrees and in pursuit of my PH.D in Educational Leadership. I am proud to be a part of (CWAH), if the organization had not crossed my families’ path during the critical time of my life I do not know how far and to what extent I would have grown (excelled). If any organization deserves to be praised for the service that is renderd, it’s CWAH.

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Advice, wisdom and leadership are given to all who partake of it. If there is a single mother who is on the verge of giving up and has no were to turn, CWAH is just a phone call away.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would allow the organization to assist all families in need, spiritually, emotionally and educationally. I guess this would be a dream considering the financial constraint of operating as a Non-for-profit organization.

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

The love and outreach that ever person has for others.

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

Outstanding

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

Reach out to more families and provide services that are needed in the community.

Ways to make it better...

More people in the community would care about the organization and lend a hand.

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

Funding, to complete projects and continue educational support for students in the local area and repairs for the facility.

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

I love Community Women Against Hardship and the entire staff, especially Gloria Taylor. She is a wonderful person, mother, and mentor to all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 1, 2010

I have volunteered for over 15 years with Community Women Against Hardship because I believe in and support their mission of providing services to help famiies improve their lifestyles. The organization does wonders with very little or not much financial support from large coperations in the community. The term making lemons from lemonade is what they do. More with less. I am totally commited to help them in any way I can because they work to help the total family improve. I feel the orgsnization is an example of the tyes of programs you are seeking to include.

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I have seen an unwed Mother attain college degrees and recently her Phd. I have seen families become home owners as well as complete programs that render them self sufficient.

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

Nothing to the Organization, but more financial help for their programs

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

Selecting the families and seeing how much the program has addressed their needs and as a result successes.

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

committed to the program and willing to give their all for its success.

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

Provide services to many more families and begin more programs that benefit children and famiies to help them rise above proverty

Ways to make it better...

It couold not have been better

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

Funding and fund raising as well as rising rates of proverty.

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

I hope Community Women Against Hardship is chosen because they are deserving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 1, 2010

This organization takes a group of 20 or more families and adopt them for a year. The families are chosen from a panel of volunteers govern by a clinical social worker. I have played Santa for each family. The community and this organization come together and purchase anything from furniture to clothes and toys for the family. They also pay gas and electric bills. It is such a great feeling to see the faces of the families light up. It means so much to these single women and men to have someone who can help them become more independent. The volunteers work very hard to make the children's Christmas special.

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I went to a family's home where all the children were sleeping on the floor. It was 8 children who had 2 beds. CWAH helped them get bunk beds for each child. They made sure each child had sheets,pillows and comforters.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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