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July 22, 2009

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July 22, 2009

I was a single mother of 2 boys, a 8yr old and a 6yr old that struggles with Autism, when I first came to Fescos' family shelter. First of all I would like to mention that there were a few shelters that would not take us in because of my sons disability but Fesco was very willing to take us in. The staff was very compassionate and helpful to our family and very understanding of my sons special needs. Although we only stayed for about a month and a half they were informed of an opening into transitional housing in Oakland (where my kids attended school at) and staff did an excellent job of making sure that my family would get into there, even after we had already left Fesco. I was very touched by that because it let me know that they really cared even though we were no longer staying at fesco. We stayed in transitional housing for about 6 months until we finally moved into our own apartment. We have lived in our place for 2yrs now. Fesco continues to assist us around Christmas (which is much needed) and with their back to school events that help me with backpack and back to school supplies, all which are things that I would be unable to do without them. Fesco has been a true Blessing for our family and we have not been homeless since. The staff at Fesco are Genuine caring people. Fesco is the best.

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

my family

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

continue doing everything as it is done now.

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

they have the greatest caring and understanding staff there.

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

very caring and understanding.

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

help out even more families in need, and continue to help until help is no longer needed.

Ways to make it better...

I would not change a thing they are doing a Great job.

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

funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 17, 2009

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July 17, 2009

My family entered the Les Marquis Shelter after my father had died and we lost the house that my three children had grown up in. We were on foot and had no where to go. We were welcomed into the shelter and began our journey with this wonderful organization FESCO. After being in the shelter a short time we applied for the transitional house Banyan. We were accepted into this program. The staff are so helpful and encouraging. Yes, there are rules, but they are for our personal growth and the safety of the community. We have lifeskills which I have benefited so much from. I have never had the opportunity to open up and share my hurt, and struggles, The staff is so warm that it makes this easy for me. I have shared many things with staff. I look at the staff and the some of the residents here as my family and friends.

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

Clients getting housing and employment

Ways to make it better...

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

More volunteers to work with the children. More children's programs. Someone to help with the children when I am doing job search or school

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

I have learned to be independant. To keep pushing forward.

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

I met all the staff even Administration, and though they are all different they are all kind and helpful.

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

Buy houses to provide 2 yr. transitional, there are only four cottages and 10 people or more at any given time that need more time to save and finish job trainings, and recovery from homelessness.

Ways to make it better...

Longer time,to save more and complete my school. ive me more time for my SSI appeal. 10 months is not long enough for my housing to come through.

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

Funding, Housing, Staff having to work at many tasks while also working with us.

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

If it had not been for FESCO I would be on the street, I would have lost my children and I would not know what to do! If it wasn't for FESCO there would be alot more people on the street, homeless and hurting

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 26, 2009

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June 26, 2009

Fesco Family Shelter has been an answer to my prayers. I was crying out to God to pluck me up out of my living situation and place me somewhere where I could be happy and raise my children. I could not move out on my own, so I knew I had to get into a housing program. I have done everything I should be doing to achieve my goals and prosper. Therefore this organization has done everything they possibly can for me. I have been told by the chief program manager; Mary London that " we are going to take care of you for 5 years while you finish school... we want you to be ready to be on your own". As long as I work hard, I am taken care of. The Banyan House is much better than I ever thought it could be. I am at home here. The place is really nice, my 2 bedroom unit is wonderful and I feel so blessed. Ms Antonette, the senior case manager here, works overtime in all areas, and in love. I have noticed how she loves to be available for her clients to the best of her ability. She has made sure that I have been recognized for my achievements. All of the staff here are awesome. I really appreciate the care and the treatment we all receive here. It is nice to see so many spiritual staff here. All of them are unique and have nice qualities. It has been a real pleasure to have these folks a part of my life. I have security here. My children are treated with love and that is so important. I tried to go other places and this is the door the Lord opened for me and im am so grateful.

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

The clients that leave Banyan go into long term transition while waiting for permanent housing, then they also offer Linkages if we qualify that is a 18 month program. Some of the clients go right into permanent housing.

Ways to make it better...

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

Go out into the community and to large corporations and get more funding so that FESCO could have more cottages for housing families that need longer to get into permanent housing.

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

The staff treat all of us with respect and care. My case manager was always making me look at where I could do more, where I could save more, and at the same time encouraging me to be good to myself, and take it easy on myself

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

Senior and Asst. Case Managers, Also the voulunteers that do children's activities. They are all wonderful, caring people.

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

Buy a large apartment complex for more clients and give all of the staff raises.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better. A wonderful facility with aa wonderful staff.

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

Right now the economy I know that the govenment has cut alot of service programs

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

I LOVE FESCO, THEY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 5, 2009

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January 5, 2009

I was truly blessed to have been able to accept help from Fesco. I came from Tricity's family shelter with moderate expectations. I was provided not only shelter at Banyan and food but also a home away from my family. The room I had was clean as well as the other parts of the facility. The staff provided me with guidance and much needed support for myslef and my two children. Whenever I had a problem or just needed to talk the case managers were always there to speak with me and assist me with a resolution. Although Fesco is a business providing services I also felt like the staff were more like family members giving support, lending their ears and sharing my successes. They always encouraged me to continue in my success in school and added to my family stability by being especially supportive of my kids when I felt overwhelmed. Fesco was the help I received when I thought I only needed shelter. They provided much more in the way of enabling me to become more self sufficient and came alongside me in a stressful time. They gave me life skills that I was lacking such as budgeting and parenting classes that I still use to be a more successful person and parent. I want to just thank Fesco for offering me stability and the skills to leave a better person than when I arrived there.

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

the way residence resovle family issues and handle financial responsibilities successfully.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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