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February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

The Festival Center is a place that is designed to make people feel at home, to make them feel like they can enter with dignity. I was always impressed with the way it was kept up- clean and nice decor- because that says something about the way they respect and take care of anyone who comes through the door.
The classes I participated in while I was there helped me to grow as a person. From yoga to money to spirituality- the Festival Center offers so many ways for individuals to grow and learn.
The staff was always friendly, warm, and wonderful.
Keep it up!

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

seeing people who had been laid off or out of work for years find a job and celebrate it at the Center. Also, I still can reflect back on the things I've learned in the classes that the Center provides.

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

not really change anything. I think they are doing a great job.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

I am active in charity and social justice in the DC area. For the past 30 plus years, since I moved to DC area, I have been extremely impressed with the many works of the Church of the Savior outreach ministries, of which the Festival Center is one.

The Festival Center serves its
immediate Adams Morgan neighborhood and the whole DC area in many ways. Its Servant Leadership School does great work in training people in the area how to serve others as a co-worker, not a superior and not as an inferior.

It helps the immediate neighborhood in many ways every day. I have been involved as a donor to Jubilee Jobs, another outreach ministry of the Church of the Savior, that provides model job placement and long term employment upgrading for its clients. Meetings and dinners of the clients are held at the Festival Center regularly as are many other meetings for neighborhood groups.

I cannot think of any organization that does a better job for the people of Adams Morgan and the greater DC area than the Festival Center and other ministries of the Church of the Savior. If every city had a Festival Center and Church of the Savior, we would like in a much better world.

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

I have seen the results of many people who were jobless and were able to be employed and then grew in their job responsibilities and pay as the result of the work of Jubilee Jobs through their work, much of which takes place at the Festival Center.

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

I don't know enough about the inner workings of Festival Center to make a judgment on how the organization could be changed for the better.

February 5, 2011

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February 5, 2011

The Festival Center has been the hub for a configuration of worship and community service organizations which have served disadvantaged, immigrant, ex-offenders, and many other communities at risk in the Metropolitan area. It employs some of these people as staff and serves many hundreds of them each year to help find work, housing, medical assistance; it also enlists supportive services available from the District of Columbia Government on their behalf. Volunteers help low-income residents receive badly needed income tax refunds every spring. For a considerable period of time, it housed a year-round, 30-day intensive withdrawal program for individuals assigned by the courts. That program moved to a new location last year.

The various outreach programs are supported by a host of volunteers, inspired by a faith community which is very small but extremely committed. The programs exist only because of the generosity of the members of this community and the fundraising efforts of those involved in the individual service entities. All of the latter are well-established and proven in their effectiveness at meeting goals at minimal cost: there is no question that donor dollars are used with the utmost care and economy. On a scale of A-F, I would give the community which it serves an A+++ for effectiveness and economy. And, wonder of wonders, when something doesn't work, it ends. Where else do you find that???

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

I see the results in the interaction of people of all colors, races, genders in the Adams Morgan area, and the transformation of lives there as a result of programs here and in related group activities.

Ways to make it better...

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

GIVE THEM MORE MONEY, which they use so carefully.

February 4, 2011

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February 4, 2011


I feel priviledged to be a part of the board these many years later and am excited about the way we are re-imagining the role of the center and the school in supporting new avenues for faith and justice in 2011.

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The Festival Center played a pivotal role in my life development journey. I participated in its Discipleship Year program in 1994 and had a life changing experience. Living in community, volunteering in a Church of the Saviour mission, taking classes at the Servant Leadership School -- The whole experience changed my life!

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to deepen and expand the mission and reach of the organization...

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

The Festival Center provides needed educational resources, inspirational worship and retreat opportunities, and services to the under-served population of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights in northwest Washington, DC.

Under the leadership of the Church of the Saviour, the Festival Center
is the home base for Samaritan Inn 28-day detox centers, Discipleship Year, Jubilee Jobs, Jubilee Housing and 50 other ministries.

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I have taken over twenty-five classes at the Festival Center's Servnt Leadership School. I have learned about prayer, call, community and service in becoming a Servant Leader. The SLS teachers i have encountered are the most generous and loving people I have ever met. The staff at SLS has been excellent and kind.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them an endowment so that they can focus on services instead of development and fund-raising.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I heard about the Festival Center from people in my church, the Caldwell Chapel Community Organization.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Servant Leadership all the time, everyday.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

It's exciting to be part of the Festival Center community as we discover together how God wants to use us in the world! We want to be a "lighthouse," shining God's word and work of justice and hope.

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

The Festival Center has hosted countless classes, gatherings, worship services, celebrations, and ministry efforts- nurturing faith and action in the community.

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

I am excited about how the Festival Center will be developing and using its prophetic voice.

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

The Festival Center gave me a great opportunity when I came to this country. I founded leadership which look for justice, peace and Human Rigths. I learned how is possible bring news hopes and news dreams to people who are suffering poverty and discrimination.

Today as a Board member I
am blessed when I see lifes transformed, that are working for extend the justice, peace and hope to another people.

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

Years ago I worked as teacher and Latino liasson at the Festival Center

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

Yes, envolved as Board member I am commitment to look for the Festival Center mission and vision.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I've been blessed to be in association with Festival Center for more than a decade. I've attended workshops, wedding and funerals there as well as classes at the Servant Leadership School. Festival Center provides a place of renewal, rejoicing and healing.

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

See description above.

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

Find them a long-term source of sustainable funding.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I had the privilege of participating in the Discipleship Year program several years ago, taking classes at the Servant Leadership School, and being involved in the Festival Center community through churches, conferences, classes, noon prayer, and other events. The beauty of The Festival Center is a beautiful gift to the community of Adams Morgan, opening its doors to people of all races, classes, ages, and places in life. Especially moving is the way they have ice water, coffee, and bathrooms to those on the street who need them. The Discipleship Year program in particular was a life-changing experience, with the chance to live in community, work at a nearby non-profit, and intentionally explore areas of race, gender, class, social justice, and spirituality in a nurturing community. So grateful for the Festival Center!

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

The Festival Center and its programs helped me discern my future as a social worker. I have seen racial reconciliation and transformation happen here. The center helps those who are looking for entry level jobs receive chef training, and transforms the spiritual and social perspectives of many who enter its doors.

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

I cannot think of any changes - this is a fantastic organization that should be supported and sustained, especially in its struggle with and commitment to diversity and spiritual growth for all.

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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?

2010

January 31, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 31, 2011

The Festival Center is unique in offering a gathering place for the neighborhood, classes that help build my spiritual grounding, opportunities to engage in community involvement, and a place for daily prayers at noon. It is a rich resource for this metro area, bringing together people with diverse educational, financial, religious and racial backgrounds.

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

becoming engaged with the rich variety of people in my neighborhood and my city, and deepening my spiritual grounding.

Ways to make it better...

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

urge the Center to continue its effort to increase outreach to, and connections with, other spiritual and religious organizations doing work in the city.

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