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October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

I've worked with Episcopal Place for 16 years and have enjoyed most of my days with the residents and staff. I enjoy talking with the residents daily and listening to their life stories. Episcopal Place makes sure that everyone is noticed and that everyone knows they matter. I provide a needed service to the buildig but I also feel like the residents need the socialization and caring also. Episcopal Place provides a great service to this community.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

I have volunteered with Episcopal Place for 6 years. It is a great place to be and the residents all are very happy and the best part of my day is to see them sitting downstairs smiling and talking. I have been providing services such as housekeeping, laundry, personal care, companion services, transportation, meal preparation, and delivery of noon meals. I have also been involved in many of the activities around EP and enjoy being a part of the community. I have come to EP with a group of children from my church to sing and visit with the residents. I enjoy being at Episcopal Place and enjoy seeing the staff who are always friendly and welcoming. I hope to always be involved in some way some how.

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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?

Life-changing

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

November 13, 2010
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November 13, 2010
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I was a staff member at Episcopal Place for 25 years, until my retirement in 2008. In this 1980 federally subsidized independent living facility for limited income elderly and young physically challenged adults, our overarching goal as board and staff was to create a caring Christian community in which residents of all faiths and backgrounds could live interdependently and age in place with dignity. With funds from the board of directors, volunteer coordination was added in 1984 and pastoral care services in 1988. Two years later board funds permitted the hiring of Alabama's first Supportive Services Coordinator (read "social worker") in this type of federally assisted housing. By 1992 a new federal law enabled HUD funding of this position from half- to full-time. The Service Coordinator's role was and is to import community services at reduced or no cost to the residents to sustain independent living and prevent premature nursing home transfers. The "triumvirate" of volunteer, pastoral care, and supportive services coordination enabled Episcopal Place to transition from an independent living FACILITY to a supportive housing COMMUNITY. Community-building was and is an ongoing process, however, requiring a sustained commitment by board, volunteers, and staff, who worked and work as a team to bring the founding board's vision to fruition. Given its population's age and cultural mix, Episcopal Place is a microcosm of the larger community of Birmingham and, for that matter, the nation. Would that the "caring community" model created there could be replicated not only in like facilities, as suggested by current board president Terry Rogers, but also in cities across the country.

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

Observing residents and staff of vastly different cultural and socioecomic backgrounds, faith communities, and perhaps value systems come to celebrate rather than merely tolerate their differences; learning about informal caring networks that existed among residents and between volunteers and residents; working as a team with extraordinarily gifted and committed staff members; becoming part of an extended family that included residents, residents' family members, board members other volunteers, and staff.

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

Continue to recognize the faith component of its founders that, with seed money from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and grant money from HUD, created the physical structures of EPI and II; keep the focus on community-building among the residents and between volunteers, staff and residents; and forge ahead with the excellent development work the current administration is doing to sustain and expand present programming and raise the visibility of this extraordinary community in the wider community.

November 4, 2010
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November 4, 2010
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During my four years on the Episcopal Place Board I have observed first hand what a happy place it is for the residents. They can be private if they prefer or they can take part in a multitude of activities provided by churches and community groups. During several "Jewelry Workshops" for residents, I provided beads and stringing material and watched each participant enjoy creating a necklace for herself. And we had fun together! The first-rate staff is available to meet needs of residents on an ongoing basis. Episcopal Place provides housing which allows residents to age comfortably in a pleasant, safe environment.

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

Seeing the happy, healthy residents who live there!

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

I do not know what changes are needed right now. I would continue to offer the current services.

November 4, 2010
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November 4, 2010
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Episcopal Place is an example of what is right with America's system for housing and supports for seniors and individuals with physical and mental challenges. Through its innovative food and care programs and housing services, Episcopal Place is providing home for many individuals who otherwise would not have a safe and secure place to live.

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

seeing individuals cared for with dignity and respect.

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

Replicate the model across the country

November 4, 2010
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November 4, 2010
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Episcopal Place literally does "the work of Christ" in providing a safe, secure, and community-oriented home for many who might otherwise struggle for a home. The services provided and the sense of family and caring that is self-evident make me proud to be a Board member and a financial supporter. This is the work we should be about. I am grateful for the clear witness of love that exemplifies Episcopal Place.

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

I see results in the faces of the staff, the feelings of the residents, and the satisfaction I experience as a Board member.

Ways to make it better...

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

Sustain the excellent work/ministry that is underway.

November 3, 2010
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November 3, 2010
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Before I became a member of the Board I had many interactions with residents of Episcopal Place since several were members where I attended church. But the most memorable and inspiring resident was an essentiallly non-verbal paralyzed man who traveled in his electric wheelchair around the neighborhood selling candy. Although he couldn't speak he had no trouble communicating and was very friendly. Whenever I ran into him I would buy candy I didn't need, but I never thought about where he lived and how he survived. One day I saw him getting off the bus at Episcopal Place. I learned not only was EP a retirement community but it could accomodate the disabled. As the years have gone by this man doesn't sell candy any more. But he, and others like him, have a safe and comfortable place to live at Episcopal Place. And he still enjoys life...especially during football season!

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

By interacting with the residents and seeing how happy they are in this setting. The facility is clean and full of light and activities.

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

More resources would allow them to provide more "extra services" to the residents. Some minor assistance would make it possible for some of the residents to live semi-independently for a longer time and prevent the need for them to move prematurely to a nursing facility.

October 29, 2010
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October 29, 2010
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I first became affiliated with Episcopal Housing as a participant in their annual fundraiser, the Gumbo Gala of Birmingham. It was during that cooking competition that I was struck by the passion and energy of all the workers and volunteers associated with this great institution. Having dealt with elder and special needs care in my own family, I immediately recognized the special impact that truly dedicated individuals can have on the lives of those in their care, and the effects on the residents who enjoyed the festivities that day was evident. Making a difference, a true difference, in the lives of seniors and special needs folks takes a dedication you cannot buy or hire out. That sort of motivation has to come from within, and Episcopal Place has done as good a job as I've ever seen in attracting the type of people who express true love and devotion through their service. They are not employees, they are extended family members to the residents, and as a result the residents enjoy the highest quality of life possible. This is truly one of the special places, and deserves recognition as such.

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

Through my interaction with the residents, I have personally seen and heard the impact that truly loving care can make on the lives of those who too often feel neglected or overlooked. In turn, that love is paid forward amongst the residents so that a true sense of community is fostered, and where other similar facilities might provide a residence the Episcopal Place has succeeded in providing a home.

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

I wish their outreach could be expanded. There are others that could benefit from the special community that the Episcopal Place has built, and with proper funding I would like to see that community expanded so that those benefits could be extended to everyone who so richly deserves them.

October 29, 2010
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October 29, 2010
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I always enjoy coming to Board meetings because the minute I walk through the lobby I can see the results of our work. There is a happy and home-like atmosphere. The residents know me and greet me. They know that we are working together as a community. We are all part of the same team.

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

Episcopal Place has always been a leader in its field, offering supportive services to residents before they were mandated. I have learned how to help an organization evolve new vision, how to define a clear mission and how to stick with it when times are hard.

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

I can't think of any changes I'd like to see at this time.

October 29, 2010
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October 29, 2010
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Episcopal Place provides a home for people who do not have the resources so often needed. As a board member, I have been humbled and privileged to see the change that Episcopal Place makes in the lives of its residents. From helping to be sure that a city bus route that serves the disabled continued to operate to coordinating events in house especially for those who cannot easily get out, this nonprofit fulfills a truly needed mission.

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

Residents have told us their stories and we have visited their apartments and the events at Episcopal Place

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide more funds to ensure that it can continue to carry out its mission.

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