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February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

Did you know that Rondah Savage, Executive Director, personally owns the property that Habitat for Safe Seniors is located on (2174 Old Sattler Rd) and pays herself $1k per month to lease the property to her nonprofit? Look up "Savage Rondah" at www.comalad.org (Comal Appraisal District) and see for yourself. You will also see that since Rondah Savage "founded" HFSS in 2004 the value of this property alone(her PERSONAL PROPERTY) has risen from $4,550 to a value of $245,000 in 2010! Not a bad investment for her. She personally owns 7 properties in addition to this property. Some have been purchased from the seniors she works with in her role as Executive Director. That's one way to get a good deal on property.

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

Although Rondah Savage, Executive Director of HFSS, has 8 properties in her name she acts as if she is the penniless, selfless, unpaid founder of a nonprofit who "does without" so she can "take care of her seniors". Drive by the property and see the multitude of military vehicles, storage lockers, concession trailers, tents, vehicles, etc. that have been purchased with HFSS funds that aren not used and have NOTHING to do with the mission of this organization.

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In Canyon Lake Views at www.canyonlakeviews.com, Rondah Savage was profiled in the December 2010 edition, page 4. In reference to being Executive Director of HFSS the article said, "Someday I hope it becomes my job" but so far she has had to depend on a separate source of funds for living expenses. This is FALSE! She paid herself QUITE WELL in 2010 until most of her funding was cut. She doesn't post the required IRS form 990's in an effort to hide this information from potential funders and the public.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

as a person who lives here in canyon lake and owns a business here in canyon lake i have had the honor of having a number of contacts with habitat for safe seniors and i can tell you that the people who work there are beyond reproach and rhonda who takes time out of her day to take care of all the people in the canyon lake area she is a great person who cares about the people in canyon lake the person senioradvocate who posted that review had to use a computer in the public library to post that review cause that person does not want people to know who they are if you have a problme with a person why dont you go and talk to that person instead of trying to hurt a place like habitat for safe seniors who is taking care of the people here in canyon lake.

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

and they work wonders for the canyon lake area

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

the people who run the program

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

are awesome people who work and volunteer there

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I would like to thank all those that have written reviews positive or otherwise. I would like to clarify the review from senioradvocate. 1. We still operate all programs. We DO NOT have all the necessary supplies for our ramps or home repairs as stated. We do schedule our services when volunteers are AVAILABLE. 2. There are no reports of anyone/senior getting sick from food distributions. All food is accepted in "As is Condition" and how it is donated. Each client has the responsibility to check the items they received. 3. Our mission is clearly stated and served. 4. There are no "partners" and only trash is hauled off. Including any obvious spoilage. 5. All financial statements and 990's are filled out by an independent auditor outside of HSS and in accordance with all laws and regulations. Including any disclosures of property rentals. Please see page 10 of the 990 if you need further assistance for occupancy expenses. 6. Again I thank you for your comments and I'm sorry if you had a bad experience!

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

all aspects.

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

The smiles on the faces of our clients

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

fantastic

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

serve a lot more within the County

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I became associated with HSS 2 years ago. I find it to be a very constructive and ethical organization. They do what they say they are going to do and they don't do what they say they are not going to do. Plain and simple. I have seen seniors thrive on the physical and emotional support they receive there. I have been impressed by the loyalty and commitment of most staff and volunteers. Obviously, there are some bad apples in any bunch and they usually disappear just like the other produce that is no longer good quality.

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

I have been fortunate to be asked to deliver food to needy families. The response is always overwhelmingly positive. I have alsoparticipated in a residence clean-up and trash haul-off. HSS is very responsible about taking away all debris from the job site

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

Give more credit to the directors, staff, and volunteers. Nothing they do is easy and the assistance they give is outstanding.They are professional, courteous, and efficient.

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

The feeling in my heart that people really care about the welfare of people they don't even know and are willing to put themselves out in order to help them.

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

kind, helpful and well trained.

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

Build a storage facility and administration building and be able to pay more staff people to ensure greater efficincy and less waste, even though some waste is expected when dealing with perishables.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and resources to donate to this wonderful organization!

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

The people who find it easier to confuse and criticise than to roll up their sleeves and get to work helping people.

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

It is not easy to create and run a non profit organization. One of the challenges is facing undeserved criticism and going on with the work anyway.The Executive Director and Board of Directors of HSS are humble and their work is very apppreciated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I, my wife, and my children have volunteered for HSS almost since its inception. We have seen it grow from an empty lot to a thriving organization that helps hundreds of senior citizens and other needy families. The economy has definitely taken its toll on donations and available helpers. However, I still see many dedicated volunteers doing their best to serve this organization and the community.

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

seeing homebound seniors receive needed meals and groceries, as well as home repairs, trash haul-off, etc.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to find more donors and volunteers.

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

working with other volunteers to help load food from the local Food Banks into the vehicles of needy families.

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

outgoing, friendly and dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time and more help to get more things accomplished.

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

an economy where people and corporations do not have spare time or money to continue to support these types of organizations.

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

my overall experience with HSS has been very positive. We have dedicated much of our lives to trying to help it succeed in delivering beneficial services to the needs of the Canyon Lake area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I currently manage the bookkeeping for this organization and help in all areas of programs as well. This organization does do a great job and all information is reported as required. I also understand that no organization can operate without having a facility to operate from. The Executive Director has dedicated her life and property to helping the senior citizens of this community and operates in full cooperation of all laws and regulations. The person making the negative comments obviously doesn't know enough about this organization and is aggrevated by something within themselves. God will forgive you!

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

reviewing all records, financials, and programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more help.

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

Sharing my heart with them and the clients.

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

fantastic people

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

serve a lot more senior citizens.

Ways to make it better...

if the word and work of this organization was reviewed by people that know what they are talking about.

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

the lack of funders willing to help.

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

people should pay more attention and think positive. This is a great organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 26, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 26, 2010

HFSS claims to have many programs in existence that they no longer operate. They do not offer repairs, clean-up, or ramp installations to seniors anymore. They have the supplies and volunteers but they no longer schedule these services.

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

watching seniors become ill from the outdated food that is distributed.

Ways to make it better...

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

Replace Executive Director with someone that would follow the mission of the organization. The Board of Directors does not direct the Executive Director nor do they follow what the organization is actually accomplishing.

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

Learning how not to run a nonprofit.

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

good hearted. Most don't stay very long after they see how the organization is operating.

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

follow its mission

Ways to make it better...

I had not seen all of the waste that occurs there. Food that cannot be distributed is thrown away. The "partner" of the Executive Director, who is the Director of the BoD, hauls the trash away so that no one knows the amount of food being discarded.

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

The Board of Directors and the Executive Director

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

The Executive Director, Rondah Savage, owns the property that she is leasing to HFSS. This is not disclosed on the 990 form. She also rents one of the buildings to a couple and is pocketing that money instead of paying HFSS. VERY corrupt organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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