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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

Family to Family helps by faithfully keeping us abreast of the latest news and events that happen in the world of special education. Thanks!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

Family to family is a wonderful organization...they ladies who work there have helped me so much...with information, tips, education, and in general they have been a great support for my family and myself...I have 2 boys on the spectrum therefore I feel I have to educate myself to stay focus....F2F does a great job at supporting parent and caregivers...GREAT JOB

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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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 8, 2012

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June 8, 2012

I started as a volunteer about 5 years ago. Great training and great people = Great Orginazation!!! I have personally gained so much from volunteering and being a Donor for F2F. I feel very blessed to be a part of this group and I tout their achievements every chance I get!

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

Family to Family Network abruptly cancelled the Family Friends program as of November 1, 2010 so it no longer provides any respite for families and can no longer claim any credit for the reported 1800 hours of respite care or 540 hours of volunteer time. As a result, the organization now serves only the informational needs of parents who have one or more children with a disability. Family to Family Network no longer has any interest in or capability of providing one on one mentoring relationships. The former Family Friends program director is looking for a new sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization to serve the 48 plus families currently matched with their family volunteer.

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

the positive growth for families who received in the past the non judgmental nurturing and caring provided by the Family Friends program director and volunteers, and the positive effect on volunteers who get to know their families personally and reap the personal reward of their good and well guided family mentoring.

Ways to make it better...

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

either make fund raising part of the executive director's job or lower the salary of the executive director and/or cut corners elsewhere in order to provide personal support to families and children. Without those changes, in my opinion, it is wrong to solicit private donations on top of the governmental funding received for holding seminars on how to advocate for children with disabilities.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

BEST THING IN TEXAS!!! F2F HELPED ME, A PROFESSIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER FROM OK., NAVIGATE THE TX SYSTEM TO EVENTUALLY HELP ME TO GET THE APPRPPRIATE SERVICES FOR MY DAUGHTER. SHE HAS SIGNIFICANT LEARNING DIDSABILITIES BUT HAS A GIFT WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. HER GOAL: WORK AT A DAYCARE CENTER AND SOME DAY OWN HER OWN. THE OUTCOME WAS A SERIES OF CLASSES THAT ENABLED HER TO "WOW" POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS WITH HER RESUME! SHE WAS HIRED BY THE 2ND CHILDCARE COMPANY SHE INTERVIEWED WITH AND, NOW 8 YEARS LATER, 2009, SHE SEES HER DREAM AS A REALITY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, F2F!!!!

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

learning the TX system of special education

Ways to make it better...

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

It needs to expend in a timely fashion to help even more people in different localities w/i Houston.

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

The help, support & information provided that eventually launched my daughter's career.

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

Committed, knowledgable & totally dedicated due to their child's negative school district experiences due in part to their child[ren]'s disabilities.

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

It could expand what it does best: empower parents to help their children who have disabilities!!!!!

Ways to make it better...

I truly cannot imagine it being better!!

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

Finances for service delivery, staffing and expansion of actual physical layout.

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

I hope that F2F never has to close its doors...it is too valuable and life changing for the parents which results in life changing outcomes for the children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

June 22, 2009

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June 22, 2009

Family to family is absolutely an inspirational organization. The rewards of working with the kids and sharing time and knowledge with them is immeasurable. This quite a satisfaction that surfaces each time I leave after a visit. I truly thankgod for the opportunityto serve.

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

the smiles of the kids.

Ways to make it better...

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

I can't think of anythingbetter than what they do which is excellent.

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

The childe=ren, walks with them ad participating in activities with them.

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

Kind,, caring, motivated and challenged.

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

Have more advertising dollars to solicit new matches ad offer more activities for the children. They would have moe funds to get more parents involved in local, state and federal policy initiatives which affect the children.

Ways to make it better...

I would have spent more time with the children.

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

obtaining sufficient fundig, securing human resources to match with kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 16, 2009

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June 16, 2009

Dear Family to Family, Five years ago we moved to Houston after living in the Kansas City area for more than 7 years. We lived in a small community, were active in a small church, and I worked at a small bank, so moving to the Houston area was a huge adjustment. Four years ago I found myself not having enough to do with my time, and lacking in friends. Our 2 daughters both live out of state and I was feeling the need to do something that would connect me in some way with a family with children. I saw an ad in a local publication that Family to Family needed volunteers to be matched with a family who happened to have a child with a disability. Having had a friend in Kansas with a child in that category, I decided to give F2F a call. I soon found myself at their training where I met several other women similar to myself - looking for a place to volunteer but also feel needed. In Oct. of 2005 I was matched with my family and met with them for the first time. I must say, F2F did a fantastic job with matching us! They have 3 wonderful children - 2 with disabilities. The youngest, who just turned 4, is an adorable little girl (who I'm wildly in love with) who happens to have Down syndrome. The middle son, is their "typical" child of 5 and 1/2 and a most delightful little boy. The oldest son, now 13 and 1/2 has OCD, ADHD and just last year was also diagnosed with Aspergers......quite a plate full for anyone to handle. He can be quite a handful but he has a way of getting under your skin and before you know it you love him! I have grown to love these children and their parents like they ARE my family - not just as friends. They are the missing piece in my life - I now not only have 2 daughters, a son-in-law and 2 grandsons living in other states, I have a family here in Houston. Something that would probably never happened if I hadn't picked up the phone and called Family to Family. I love spending time with each of these special children and their mother - dad is usually at work! I've taken them shopping, to doctor appointments, to movies, to the park, out to eat and even had the oldest and youngest on sleep-overs at different times. I can laugh with them, or cry with them, tell them jokes or scold them - they know me and love me right back. I cannot imagine how my life would be if they would move from this area - it would be empty and sad and I'd have to start over again with a new family. So, I guess I could say that Family to Family has had a profound affect on my life and I am greatful to everyone there for giving me the training and the necessary tools to begin a new relationship that has blossomed into such a special flower.

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

many ways. They have many great programs for not only the families but for the volunteers. I've seen happy chidren with their family friend who might not otherwise have an older adult in their life to share their adventures with.

Ways to make it better...

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

try as hard as I could to get the word out to others so they could become part of a great organization.

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

getting to meet my family; then being able to share my experiences with other friends and volunteers. F2F office staff is always available for help or suggestions and they're there with a smile on their face!

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

Helpful, caring, understanding, thoughtful; and most of all the type of people I am proud to call my friends.

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

Make a huge difference in the lives of so many families with childred having disabilities.

Ways to make it better...

I'd have done it sooner!

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

Not having enough volunteers to match with the families who need a family friend. More money to get the job done probably wouldn't hurt either.

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

The staff at F2F does an excellent job with their training and special events and need more recognition.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 2, 2009

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June 2, 2009

Our son, and family as a whole, would not be where we are today had it not been for Family to Family Network. F2F validated our vision that our son would have a life filled with the same opportunites and choices that everyone else has, and then gave us the information, tools and resources we needed to be effective advocates on his behalf. The connections we've made with other families of children with disabilities through F2F have been a tremendous source of support and inspiration, and have turned into life-long friendships. Our family will forever be greatful to Family to Family Network for all that they've done for our family, so many other families, and our community at large!

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

the lives of so many families and their children with disabilities. Families come in to F2F feeling alone and beaten down, but then leave feeling supported, empowered with information, and ready to make great strides for their children.

Ways to make it better...

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

be very proud of the work that they do!

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

the support, friendship, wisdom and inspiration from other families of children with disabilities. It's been wonderful to be a part of, and to be able to give back to, this awesome community who share so many experiences.

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

dedicated, passionate and compassionate people -- most of whom are also parents of children with disabilities. They understand the challenges that families face, and are committed to providing the tools families need to be successful.

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

expand to further meet the tremendous needs of families across this very large and diverse state.

Ways to make it better...

F2F had the funding and manpower to expand and reach more families.

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

the economy and the funding challenges that all non-profits face.

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

Thank You!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 14, 2009

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May 14, 2009

My involvement with Family to Family Network started as a volunteer with their Family Friends Volunteer Program. I was matched with a littel girl who has disabilities and her family. I go into the home to spend time with her doing fun things and in doing so give the family much needed support. I was asked to work for them parttime, to help expand the program and I have enjoyed it all thoroughly. The work they do help other families who have a child or more than one child with disabilities is outstanding. I hope to help them to continue to grow as they provide much needed help in many way.

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

with all their help for parents, especially navigating the Special Education Process

Ways to make it better...

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

do whatever needed to be done to help it grow.

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

Meeting great people, Families and Volunteers

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

wonderful caring people.

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

Help provide so much more help for the families.

Ways to make it better...

it has alway been great

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

Funding

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

I think it is a wonderful thing that they do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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