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February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

I have been affiliated with the Festival Center since December 1999 when I came to a day-long even with Ched Myers, which opened up my world to a new world of Christian spirituality, leadership and service that I had only dreamed was possible. Going to the Festival Center that day transformed my life.

I was introduced to the umbrella of ministries that support the Festival Center and the church that helped bring it into existence. I have participated in classes at the Servant Leadership School, used the space at the Center for 12-step meetings, and worked on the second floor of the facility when it housed Samaritan Inns' 28-day treatment facility.

While I love the family-feel of the Festival Center and am grateful for the availability of its space and affordability, I think that it dreams too small for itself and could be of greater service to the city if it had a higher profile.

I also know that the Festival Center has struggled financially and think that raising its profile might make it attractive to a larger circle of people and organizations, which could increase its funding potential. It is a remarkable place and my life wouldn't be the same without it.

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

My life's direction changed. I have committed my life to serving the poor and vulnerable.

Ways to make it better...

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

see above

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

I have been affiliated with the Festival Center since December 1999 when I came to a day-long even with Ched Myers, which opened up my world to a new world of Christian spirituality, leadership and service that I had only dreamed was possible. Going to the Festival Center that day transformed my life.

I was introduced to the umbrella of ministries that support the Festival Center and the church that helped bring it into existence. I have participated in classes at the Servant Leadership School, used the space at the Center for 12-step meetings, and worked on the second floor of the facility when it housed Samaritan Inns' 28-day treatment facility.

While I love the family-feel of the Festival Center and am grateful for the availability of its space and affordability, I think that it dreams too small for itself and could be of greater service to the city if it had a higher profile.

I also know that the Festival Center has struggled financially and think that raising its profile might make it attractive to a larger circle of people and organizations, which could increase its funding potential. It is a remarkable place and my life wouldn't be the same without it.

The Great!

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

My life's direction changed. I have committed my life to serving the poor and vulnerable.

Ways to make it better...

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

see above

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I am President/CEO of a social service organization that uses the services of Festival Center. This organization and its staff represents the ideal of true service to the community. They are humble; they are responsive; they retain nothing - always giving back. We use the facilities on a regular basis to conduct our graduation ceremonies - they like us are a poor organization, yet they charge us nothing for the use. They are more than willing to put energy into coordinating schedules of various groups/organizations to accommodate the needs of everyone - they do this cheerfully.

The Great!

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

Variety of facility uses, most regularly our quarterly graduation ceremonies from our Intensive drug/alcohol recovery program.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them invest in furniture/appearance - they are budgeted limited, but do much with little.

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

I am intern with the Discipleship Year program, which means I have trouble choosing categories from the drop-down menu above. Am I a client served, or am I a volunteer? I think that this dilemma encapsulates the essence of Church of the Savior. All of us are receiving while we give, and all of us are giving while we receive. This year, I've taken classes and taught classes at the Servant Leadership School. I've been brought dinner by the local support team, and have baked bread for my class of students at my volunteer site, the Academy of Hope. I love this way of being Christ's hands and heart in the world. We do try to live the prayer of St Francis in the heart of DC. I'm quite fortunate to be here.

The Great!

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

my own spiritual life. I came here to discern a call to ordained ministry and have been blessed with incredible role models.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to address the organizational challenges that so many of us in the non-profit world face -- managing the pressing needs of clients while trying to hold logistical deadlines at the same time.

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.

The Great!

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

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.

More feedback...

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 2, 2011

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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.

The Great!

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

See description above.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find them a long-term source of sustainable funding.

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.

The Great!

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.

January 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 28, 2011

I participated in the Festival Center's Discipleship Year program. This experience changed my life in no small way. The program offered practical experience in working for social justice in our immediate community, classes on spiritual and social practices, and spiritual growth individually and in community. Every part of the program was enriching, challenging, and helpful to my growth as a person interconnected with my community. The Festival Center's Servant Leadership School attracts a rich diversity of persons that form caring relationships and support one another. Without the Festival Center's programs, I would not have discerned my vocation in community development and organizing nor would I have been encouraged by such a passionate faith community.

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The Festival Center provided the opportunity for me to grow in faith and action while working for social justice in the surrounding neighborhoods. Through The Festival Center's programs I learned practices of anti-racism, non-violence, simple living, and community life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Publicize more widely in the DC area.

January 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 27, 2011

The classes and programs offered at the festival center have inspired and empowered me and many others to give more freely and fully of ourselves and to seek to make a difference in the lives of others. They have certainly made a difference in my life by helping me connect my faith with the needs of the world.

The Great!

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

my life as a nurse.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase publicity

January 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 27, 2011

The Festival Center offers very inexpensive classes to the community through its Servant Leadership School - these classes are focused on spirituality, the common good, empowerment, community engagement, and similar topics. I've taken a couple classes through SLS and thoroughly enjoyed them. They offer discounts to interns and volunteers.
The Festival Center also serves as a community space offered to non-profits and other community organizations for use. I took a community violence prevention workshop and yoga classes at the Festival Center through this initiative. I have always found the Festival Center to be a warm, friendly, community-oriented place.

The Great!

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

The entire Adams Morgan neighborhood around the Festival Center is positively influenced by its existence here. It is part of a network of non-profits dedicated to the common good of the local community and through the classes I've taken there, I've been able to become a more engaged citizen.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue the yoga classes, expand programming. More outreach to Spanish-speaking community.

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