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May 25, 2014

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December 1, 2012

Working in the Food Pantry, I see first hand the extent to which this organization impacts our local community. While it is there to provide immediate help to those who need it most, it does not act ... more

May 25, 2014

CRRC is an organization that is of vital importance to our local community, providing food & financial assistance, senior programs, meals on wheels, recreational opportunities, thrift store and just so much more. It is impressive to see how much the dedicated staff can do with so little. Community support is evidenced by the number of volunteers that are involved, as well as the donations that are received. Clients are served with dignity and are tutored in the ways to succeed and overcome their current situation. I am very proud to be associated with this amazing organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find additional funding.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

December 1, 2012

Working in the Food Pantry, I see first hand the extent to which this organization impacts our local community. While it is there to provide immediate help to those who need it most, it does not act as an enabler to people who might "use" the system. Both employees and volunteers treat the clients with respect and compassion, always looking for ways to better help people in the way they need it most. It is an amazing organization run by some amazing people.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 5, 2011

I am proud to serve on this organization which provides such vital services in our community. Crisis programs are made available , along with meals on wheels, the food pantry, durable medical equipment, job search counseling, senior services, as well as a variety of recreational opportunites for young and old alike. All of this is accomplished with a small staff and a corps of willing volunteers who all demonstrate both compassion and respect for those in need. While addressing the immediate needs of their clients, they also try to help them improve the course of their lives. It is a uniquely wonderful organiztion.

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

While working in the food pantry I can see the impact this relief has on the lives of the clients. I've heard the counseling that the staff gives to the clients to help them find a better life.

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

I would like to see the organization have more funds available in order to increases their impact in the community. They do more with less than I've ever seen and I know they would wisely use any additional funds.

May 7, 2014

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Review from Guidestar
1 previous review
April 5, 2013

With the current economy, Canyon Lake residents are provided with financial help, food, and financial counseling to help them get on their feet in difficult times. The Thrift Store helps families buy ... more

May 7, 2014

CRRC provides a range of services to Canyon Lake residents to include a food pantry, financial assistance to those who qualify, loan of durable medical equipment, recreational and fitness programs for all ages, Spurs basket ball youth teams, Meals on Wheels, a self-supporting thrift store, minimal number of paid staff , and many, many volunteer opportunities for local residents!

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

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 5, 2013

With the current economy, Canyon Lake residents are provided with financial help, food, and financial counseling to help them get on their feet in difficult times. The Thrift Store helps families buy clothing, etc that they would otherwise not be able to afford. This could mean the difference for children to attend school or not. A lot of our senior citizens find themselves raising grandchildren and need this financial assistance and help with groceries b

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 8, 2014

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Review from Guidestar
April 8, 2014

CRRC provides assistance to the Canyon Lake area citizens by meeting their every basic needs- food, clothing and crisis financial assistance. Then it does not stop there. CRRC goes on to provide affordable recreation and events that the whole family can enjoy. I have never seen a non-profit do so much based on the loving donations of others. No political agenda to work through and although Christ is at the center of everything CRRC does, He is presence is never directly spoken of unless asked, but His presence is shown everyday through kind actions, sweet words and loving smiles. This is where I choose to do my 'kingdom work'. Lives are changed, families are made whole and children learn lessons of life through noncompetitive sports programs. My arms are not near big enough to hug CRRC and its continued accomplishments.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 7, 2014

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Review from Guidestar
1 previous review
February 3, 2011

I became involved with the CRRC shortly after my husband passed away; it helped me deal with the sadness and the drastic change in my life. Among the varied services offered to our residen... more

April 7, 2014

I am on the Advisory Board for the CRRC of Canyon Lake, INC. The CRRC consists of a Food Pantry, a Thrift Store, a Recreation Center, and a Senior Center. This organization serves the entire community in so many ways. The clean, well run thrift store provides affordable clothing for our population (and others). The Recreation Center is the hub of the community! It's located in the Hidden Valley Sports Complex. Many social activities are scheduled there by the various clubs, organizations, and churches around the lake. County -wide civic meetings are booked there frequently. There is ample parking, and the facilities are centrally located. The Seniors have their own 'Gathering Place' which sponsors group events, regularly scheduled activities, and special celebrations. The Bridge Group meets there, and enjoys 'showing off' their cooking skills in addition to their Card skills. The Rec. Ctr. allows mingling with like-minded folks and bonding with age appropriate friends. The Athletic offerings serve folks from 3 to 93 or more: Volley Ball, Basket Ball, and also Pickle Ball which is a growing sport, and is gaining fans and participants. The North Pole Village is an annual event, and draws people from as far away as Houston. It's a magical experience for kids and parents/grandparents alike. I have nothing bad to say about this organization. They feed, nurture, entertain and exercise the population around the lake in grand style. We have just added a Pavilion for all types of groups and family functions, and all are looking forward to it's use. Would there could be a place like this in every community!
Our beloved CRRC is Well run, Well used, and Well loved!

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

Try to get more funding in order to provide affordable trips, or free ones for those in greater need, complete with restaurant meals along the way for all of the seniors. I would also like to see the High School Students get more involved with the Seniors, and interact... Perhaps a class offered at the high to include helping Seniors with yard work, etc.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 3, 2011

I became involved with the CRRC shortly after my husband passed away; it helped me deal with the sadness and the drastic change in my life. Among the varied services offered to our residents, the CRRC also provides a place for meaningful volunteering. Our retirees can continue to feel genuinely needed after their working years draw to a close. Many find themselves with time on their hands, as I did, and the CRRC staff can find a worthy spot for anyone who chooses to volunteer their time (or treasure.)
The four sites of the CRRC welcome Canyon Lake residents and visitors alike. 1) The main office and Crisis Center provide social services, a food pantry and other resources. 2) The Thrift Store is well organized, and offers affordable clothing, electronics, and household goods to all. The bookstore is a favorite stop for many folks.
3) The Recreation Center offers sports and games for young and old alike. and a site for dancing and social gatherings. 4) The Event Center is adjacent to the Rec. Center, and is another site with plenty of parking for meetings, private celebrations, bridge groups, church meetings, etc.
The organization provides for both the physical and emotional needs of our residents.

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The social interactions with many of my neighbors and residents around the lake have been strengthened by the activies sponsored by the CRRC: The North Pole Village, various club meetings, observing the basketball and volleyball games of the kids, and the pickleball games of the adults, etc. Youngsters of various ages, including my grandchildren enjoy the play equipment in the park at the Rec Center. The flu clinics and health screenings serve our citizens well.

Ways to make it better...

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

For Seniors: Expand the offerings to the Seniors to include a gathering place where they could share Community Meals, plan trips to areas of interest, encourage more interaction to keep everyone involved and engaged in daily living activies. For Youth: Investigate after school offerings for our young children, providing positive male role models and productive activies. General Public: Offer on-site informational tours to our community members to familiarize them them with our services and needs.

April 6, 2013

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April 6, 2013

The CRRC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop are vitally important to the poor in Canyon Lake. Without these two organizations many people, and especially children, would be in terrible straits. Additionally, the activities at the Recreation Center and Senior Center bring the community together.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 16, 2012

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2012

I'm biased since I'm on the CRRC Advisory Board, but this non-profit serves all members of the Canyon Lake community with their sports programs, senior center, food pantry, thrift store, and crisis program. My favorite program is North Pole Village held during the holidays. The Rec Center is turned into a winter wonderland designed for kids and adults alike. I've painted little faces there for the last several years and the the look of joy on a child's face seeing a snowman on their tiny cheek is priceless. North Pole Village provides precious family memories for everyone who attends and you can't put a pricetag on that.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 4, 2011

I have been a member of the board of CRRC for over a year and have volunteered at the Food Pantry many times for special food distributions. I have had clients come up and hug my neck after loading the food in their run down car. One lady with five kids in the car almost did not have room for the food. The kids had to set on top of the food. The woman really looked in desparation. When we got the food loaded she came to me crying saying she did not know how she could feed her kids until she got the call to come to CRRC They were hungry she said as she hugged my neck and made me cry too. This is what CRRC is all about. Our staff are all very professional and always looking out for the needs of the community. I am proud to be a part of CRRC of Canyon Lake, Texas.

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

Seeing the community people we have helped and have heard their praise of the CRRC.

Ways to make it better...

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

As board president I would only want to see all of our services upgraded as I believe the board members and staff are doing a great job. I would just do everything I can to see that we receive the grant funds we deserve from llocal corporations

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I never realized the wide scope of services provided by CRRC until I attended an orientation meeting for prospective board members. I was amazed at the efficiency of this organization. The Thrift Store provides serviceable items at low cost to members of our community, but the proceeds from Thrift Store sales are used to support the crisis program and recreational programs. The staff maximizes the synergies between the various activities to assure that every penny is well spent.

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

As a volunteer, I've seen the good that's been done. As a board member, I've analyzed the financials.

Ways to make it better...

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

Educate our community on the diverse services offered by CRRC.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Canyon Lake is a small community in the beautiful Hill Country region of Texas. As with the rest of the country, we grapple with unemployment and a portion of the population that struggles with even the basics of living. That is where CRRC, Community Resource and Recreation Center comes in. They help with a food bank, job center, utilities assistance, and medical equipment supplies. They operate a Thrift Store with clothing, household goods, and numerous equipment sold at a minimum cost.
They also have a recreation center with exercise classes, basketball, volleyball, and other sporting classes for the community.
CRRC is the glue that holds this small community together. Our organization makes every dollar count.

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

I have had the opportunity to work with clients who come to the Food Bank to receive much needed food. These people are always very grateful for the basic food supplies they receive.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help to fund a larger gym to accommodate our growing population.

January 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 17, 2011

I serve on the Board of this volunteer organization and I do so because of all the various good works CRRC does for our community. While there is a paid staff to maintain a sense of direction and stability, the vast majority of the efforts are carried out by unpaid volunteers from the community. We are a United Way Agency and receive funds from several different philantropic organizations, but that is not enough to fund the entire effort.....Personal and business donations are extremely important to allow us to conduct programs such as meals on wheels, financial aid assistance, food pantry, senior programs, youth programs, thift store, and certain educational programs aimed at the poor and needy in our community. Once a year just before Christmas, we set-up and build a North Pole Village at our Recreation Center for our younger children to come and enjoy and to visit with "Santa". It is truly a wonderous event, staffed and presnted almost entirely with volunteers for six great nights. A small fee is charged to help defray some costs, but we strive to ensure that all levels of our community can attend. Truly a wonderful deserving organization.

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

Serving on the Board and seeing the response to increased needs in our community because of the economic turndown. We learned to serve more with less. Great people can accomplish great things.

Ways to make it better...

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

The organization is great, but we need to work on ways to increase funding so that services can be expanded to meet the growth in our area and their needs.

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Teach an exercise class (or two); help with food distribution; assist with many various aspects of retail in our thrift store; deliver Meals on Wheels; teach budgeting classes.