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June 2, 2013

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June 2, 2013

My wife and I were House Parents / employees for the Florida Keys Children's Shelter for 57 months and never met the CEO. During this time 12 other couples were hired then quit, resigned, or dismissed which was unfair to the many kids and teens they were primary caregivers to. We were denied the opportunity to speak to the last three couple hired prior to their employment, which is a travesty because we had to work together, plus share an off-site apartment with one of the couples. For the sake of the foster kids in Monroe County, I am pro-active to bring about Child Welfare Reform in Florida which will hopefully reduce foster kids from living in restrictive group homes and emergency shelters. (We were not volunteers, but no "employee" option from "Your Role" menu.)

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

Change "leadership," and limit the term of leadership.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 5, 2013

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April 5, 2013

In the Upper Keys this organization makes a huge difference for kids and changes lives.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

The Florida Keys Chilren Shelter is an important part of our community. Dedicated to our youth. Were would these kids go with out such a community service. They deserve credit for thier hard work and funding to help keep these kids off of the streets. I personally have brought a child there when there was no were else to go. A must in our community.

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

dedicated to the care of the kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

The President/CEO of FKCS has provided inspired and highly informed leadership to the youth work services field at the local, state, regional and national levels. Not only does FKCS provide an essential anchor for services to vulnerable youth and families, but staff also contribute to the development and effectiveness of the youth services field at large.

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

the leadership of advocacy and program standards activities.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I volunteered for a fundraiser and helped at a Christmas party that the children attended. The Services this organization provides for the children in our community is unavailable anywhere else in ths county. The staff I dealt with were enthusiastic and dedicated to their cause. The many hours they put in was all in hopes that the fundraiser would bring in much needed finances. Unfortunately their expectations were not realized in this particular fundraiser.

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

so dedicated, they spent much of their spare time traveling and attending community events to promote this children's shelter and learning more about the county and state agencies in order to be on top of any support they may qualify for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I was on the board for several years from the beginning. We used to hear the horrid stories of child abuse in our community and worked hard to get the facility up and running. I was impressed that the people who worked at the facility were not just jobholders but people on a mission to provide for and protect the children. Over the course of the years many other facilities of this type in Florida have experienced problems and sometimes scandals. Not so The Florida Keys Children's Shelter. It was started out of love and concern for the children and continues to operate with love and concern for the children.

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

People that enjoyed what they were doing and made it easier on the children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I was a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer who visited clients at the Shelter on a regular basis. The staff, from the kitchen to the counselors, offered full assistance to my efforts. The children knew they were surrounded by people who care.

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

the caring and family atmosphere and the efforts to make the shelter feel like a true home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I was a member of the Board of Directories who helped build this much needed shelter. Before the shelter was in operation, our children had to be sent to the mainland Florida. This was tramatic for both the children and their loved ones. They go a great job, making a loving home for children in need.

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

Interaction with the children who have been served there.

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

Smiling faces on the children

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

Dedicated staff and volunteers

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

Expand the opeation to help more children in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I have had the pleasure of working with the Florida Keys Children's Shelter through the eyes of State Government. While the environment, in terms of funding, isn't always the greatest, staff is always quick to offer suggestions for alternatives and is good on alerting the office of issues. We are blessed to have the Florida Keys Children's Shelter in our community to serve those constituent's are are most vulnerable, our children.

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

The scope and range of children the Shelter serves is incredible, from newborns to kids in their late teens! In the Florida Keys we have limited social services so non-profits pick up the slack, and the Shelter picks up a huge protion of that slack.

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

Staff is always gracious for the assitance we offer even though the outcome might not be the best. Occasionally there is a panic moment when it comes to state funding, but usually the situation resolves itself in favor of the children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

HAVING BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANIZATION AS A BOARD MEMBER FOR 4 YEARS, I HAVE SEEN THE DEDICATION OF MANAGEMENT AND STAFF TO PROVIDE A SAFE, HEALTHY AND FUN PLACE FOR THE CHILDREN.THE RESOURCEFULNESS OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM, ESPECIALLY IN THESE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES, IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. THEY ARE ALWAYS POSITIVE IN THEIR PROBLEM SOLVING AND DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILDREN. I AM HONORED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION.

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

SPEND MORE TIME AND RESOURCES IN PROVIDING MORE SERVICES FOR THE CHILDREN THROUGHOUT ALL OF MONROE COUNTY; NOT JUST THOSE WHO ARE PLACED WITH THEM.

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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