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August 27, 2011

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August 27, 2011

FESCO gave me the opportunity to have my inmigration paper and now I am able to find a job and provide a permanent house to my daughter. I like Ms. Carla and Ms. Antonnete. Together they helped me to win my independence.

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Give back pack and school supplies to me and my daughter. Right now I ready to go to college and my baby go to pre- school.

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I think Fesco should have more comunication with other organizations in order to improve their services. Fesco does a great job.

August 27, 2011

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August 27, 2011

We came from a bad situation and were fortunate to stay at Banyan House and move on to transitional housing at 3rd St. While at Banyan, Antonette, really took the time to work with us and provided us with all the services available. The whole staff at Banyan were helpful. Everyone made us feel comfortable and still continue to help us to this day.

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receiving case mangagement and life skills while at Banyan House.

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I can't say we would make any changes because of where we are today.

August 27, 2011

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August 27, 2011

i like anntonet,carla and larisa there awesome and they helped me out a lot,give them a raise.

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being a client

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

not change a thing

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

Hello, My name is Denise Hill... I came to FESCO with my two sons, De'Jon Chew and Joshua Chew... I had no idea what I was in store for, but I tell you, it felt like home the moment I walked into FESCO... I've never been in a situation to where I had no where to turn, but after being laid off my job, and getting evicted for not being able to pay my rent, I had no where to turn. A very dear friend of mine called around and called me back to tell me that FESCO had space and for me to call and set up an interview.... I met with Evelyn and had the face to face 'phone screen' and after that she said I could move in that day....

Larrisa- Larrisa is the FESCO's fearless leader who is an Angel in disquise. So geniune and sweet and easy to approach

Sara- Sara is FESCO's 'go to' person.. Always helpful and informative

Donna- Donna is such a sweetheart... Always so helpful and tentive to your needs and makes AWESOME breakfast like you are at the Hyatt or something.

Clarence- Clarence, Clarence, Clarence... O My Goodness.. That man can COOK! He's a true blessing and so nice.

Evelyn- Evelyn is such a sweetheart... She's very nice and if you are mopping ANYWHERE in the house, you best stay off that floor cause she will let you know you are to wait for it to be dry first! I love her!!!!

Well less than a month went by, and a beautiful spirited person came in to speak with me and at the end of the survey, she said I was awarded a Section 8 Voucher for the Oakland area!!!! WHAT??????? NO WAY!!!!! I was so happy and I couldn't believe it!!!
THANK YOU FESCO! I've met so many great people/ the staff if phenominal and i'm very overprotective of the people that come there, cause they should be honored to be there. HEAVEN on EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Being there has helped me be more assertive, and has given me stability and has grounded me and my sons to push forward in what we need to do to stay a float....

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no changes, but I would love to give back somehow.....

May 26, 2011

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May 26, 2011

I am a single mother of a four year old boy. We were staying with family but had no sense of security, boundries, or structure. It was impossible to guide my child with total chaos around me and had to leave. We entered a shelter for a couple months and was then referred to Banyan Transitional. The first day my son joined me at Banyan he said "Mommy we have our own room, I'm so proud of You!" It made me want to cry and I was happy to enter into a place that gave my child and I a feeling like home. We had our own space and the community acted as a family helping one another. The staff includes Antonette as Case Manager and Kori as assistant case manager. Antonette instantly referred me to programs that can accomodate my situation. I felt secure knowing that she was consistantly working on finding my permanent housing and resources that may help me succeed in my goals. She as well as Kori was very welcoming and kind to my son and I. He knows them as part of the family at"home". This experience was very emotionally ruff but I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be in a warm, safe environment like Banyan.

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April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I am a single mother of three girls. A ten year old, a nine year old, and one year old. I was going trough a very hard time and didnt really have no where to go . My councelor talk to me about fesco the shelter. I didnt know what to expect and how my kids we're going to react to a new surrondings. I dont think I can never put in words how fesco the shelter made our staying here so comfortable for my kids and I . I have always been in a house where violance has been a part of our everyday living. Coming here has been the first place where my kids had a place where they aren't afraid. I felt like the staff here actually really cared for us. They have been like family to us.My kids and myself find it very hard to leave . They have been there to push me on and they showed me that I can do anything I put my mind on. I dont know what I would of done with out fesco the shelter ,Larissa has been a mentor to me. Every time I felt like giving up and lost hope I came to her . She would motive me to keep trying. Im leaving the shelter a better person a stronger woman a better mother. I have met a lot of people and learned a lot from every one. I am so glad a place like this is around. I want to thank you for giving my girls and myself a violance free inviroment and a place for the first time we can actually from the heart call a home. I know we can't stay here for ever but I cansay that I am very sad to leave but proud that I am leaving here with new friends and to me a new family.

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November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

I have volunteered for FESCO by helping provide an updated library in their family area, updated the landscaping, and donated cooking items at Banyan House. In my experience with other services for the homeless, all too often it is a hand-out and not what the person needs or wants. FESCO doesn't profide a "handout", they provide a "hand up". They have created an awesome program that offers guidance and a proven way for struggling parents and families to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining! An awesome model for any service agency!

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I have seen the families using the facilities and services and I get the importance that this organization offers to them. The Kitchen offers each family staying their own frig and table with chairs. It is as much a space for families to get through their tough times with dignity and as much normalcy as possible. I saw the warehouse of donated items offered to families when they first move in to their new homes. I

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

Find more donors so they can help MORE 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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Create before and after pictures.. help to show how the organization is growing and thriving.

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

I learned a skill of including others in what I am wanting to do - allowing many people to contribute.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

My experience helped me to appreciate what I have and realize I don't need as much "stuff" as I have now.. and that giving to others really makes me feel more connected to humanity. I appreciate that I hope to never be without a home or the means to provide for my family and those who are in that situation deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It is not an easy place for anyone to be. I learned deeper compassion for others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

FESCO is an organization that gives a hand up, not just a hand out. They keep families in crisis together, and offer life skills training to help the families keep from falling into destructive behavior. The best thing to see is when former clients come back to volunteer - the cycle of giving comes full-circle. As long as there is a need, FESCO should be allowed to provide their invaluable services.

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

Talking with shelter residents, hearing their experiences.

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

Focus fundraising on activities that have worked in the past.

August 21, 2010

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August 21, 2010

FESCO is a wonderful charity that services the community here in Hayward. The staff prides itself with treating all clients with compassion, dignity, and respect. They help clients individually set goals to build savings and eventually gain self-sufficiency. I began my program at Les Marguis House, moving on to Banyan, and then 3rd Street. Throughout my program, the staff at each location was always very supportive. Although the economy has taken a downturn, FESCO has continued to provide supportive services not only to current clients, but alumni as well, in the form of the Annual Backpack Drive, the Holiday food boxes, and the Adopt-a-Family. These events can take place thanks to the corporate and private donors who believe in the FESCO program. I have learned much during my the last 2 years with FESCO, having participated in various events during that time. I have spoken with friends, family, and colleagues in order to spread the word about homelessness. To educate others that the sterotypical picture of homelessness is not someone who is wearing dirty clothes and pushing a shopping cart. It is someone not unfamilair to yourself. It is parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters. They have a family, they go to church, work, and school. The only difference is where they lay their heads at night. Thanks to programs like FESCO, they're sleeping in a bed instead of a car or on the floor somewhere. FESCO provides an invaluable resource in the fight against homelessness in our community. Please join us, every little bit counts. Thank you.

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

Continued support attaining goals. Increasing self-confidence.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 29, 2009

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December 29, 2009

As a board member, I had the privilege of cooking dinner for and having dinner with the residents of Banyan House just before Christmas. The hallway, dining area and TV room were decorated by the residents and staff. It looked very festive. The mother and children I sat and talked with sounded appreciative and positive about the help they were receiving from FESCO. They were looking forward to the holiday party they'd be attending the next evening at one of the churches that has been a big supporter of FESCO. Before I left, I was shown bags full of hand-made quilts that a local quilting group donated for their annual contribution to help make the holidays warm and cozy.

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

knowing how FESCO has positively worked to end homelessness for so many families.

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

incredibly dedicated.

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

pay staff for all the time and effort they put in to serve the residents. Less time would be spent of fundraising and appealing for funds and more time and effort could be spent on serving the homeless by providing needed counseling, food and housing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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