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October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

I've worked with many non-profits over the years . . . sometimes as an adviser, sometimes as a volunteer, sometimes just as a member of the community, occasionally as a board member or staff, or as a recipient of services. Never have I known an organization that's grown and stayed so true to its mission of helping empower victims and survivors of domestic abuse, nor one that's run entirely top to bottom by volunteers, including that of the two co-founders, Jackie Bobcean, who first had the vision, along with her best friend, Lisa Kaufmann, whom I'm proud to admit (and for transparent disclosure) is my half-sister. What the two have achieved to bring attention, awareness and education about domestic violence, while also providing practical resources and emotional support to victims and survivors is truly amazing. HandBags of Hope is a stellar example of a successful and committed grass-roots organization.

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

like to see it take a bit more care to be consistent in its presentation in order to protect and capitalize on its brand [ HandBags of Hope ], and to attract within 6 months some major corporate level funding and/or grant monies to help ease the administration and financial struggles of continued growth it faces. To do this, I think the organization needs to consider expanding its tiny board, by filling several new board positions with business and community leaders with non-profit experience.

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

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

I learned about Handbags of Hope through a friend who has worked with them in the past and continues to support their cause. I find it relieving that this organization focuses mainly on not only helping those who are victims of domestic violence, but also about creating awareness that this is a real problem that affects more people than most of us realize. Their efforts toward this cause are never-ending and I often see their activity in the community, stretching their reach as far as it can go, and then pushing it further.

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

They could really use a public storefront where people can come as either victims or volunteers.

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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?

A lot

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?

2013

October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

The amount of work these ladies do is commendable. I am glad there is an organization such as this , to bring hope to those who need it. Sometimes it is the small things that make the most impact. Handbags for Hope Keep up the great work!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 5, 2013

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October 5, 2013

This charity is a work of some of the most tireless and giving people I have ever met. Since finding out about this charity, I have volunteered for an afternoon and given some "filler"donations and handbags. The honest and hardworking devotion of this team is unsurpassed in hands on work for the women of our community and beyond.

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

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 5, 2013

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October 5, 2013

Handbags of Hope is just that! They bring Hope to victims of domestic violence, along with adult's & children who are homeless with purses filled with essential toiletry item's & more!! They consistently work on Community Awareness with the hope to end Domestic Violence! Jackie Bobcean & her staff of Volunteers are amazing to say the least!!! They are a Blessing to our Communities throughout the state of Michigan!!!

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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?

A lot

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?

2013

July 22, 2010

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July 22, 2010

If you look non profit up in the dictionary you should find Handbags of Hope. This organization managed to deveolp itself solely on donations of handbags and filler items. While holding small fundraisers to cover the cost of their deliveries across the State. Volunteers are responsible for everything from pick-ups of items, cooking for events to raffle prizes. These ladies managed to develop this beautiful charity while waiting on their 501(c)(3). Now that it's been approved their hoping for a few Company sponsors to help them open their 1st Donation Boutique. Allowing the Cause a place to work from and to except donations of purses and filler items. It's common to have 450 filled handbags donated from just one company. The President, Jackie Bobcean is as dedicated as they come, spending thousands of dollars personally to assure all documents were in place. Everyday this lady works 12 to 14 hours developing this organization. It's truly amazing what she has accomplished with no money. Many groups could learn a thing or two from her. Women love this project and with economy in Michigan so bad it's a wondeful inexpensive way to give back. I hope someone will read this release and find a way to help these great ladies continue a beautiful Cause. Turning a gently used purse into a Handbag of Hope.

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

the empowerment it gives our clientes. The organization is quite right when they say A handbag is a very important part of a womans day !

Ways to make it better...

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

Find them more sponsors !

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

The energy the women put into making this entire organization run.

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

energetic, warm and truly concerned for our clientes.

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

have no waiting list of shelters, have enough filler items for every purse and have a wonderful building to work from.

Ways to make it better...

nothing

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

financial

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

Women every where should support this beautiful organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 5, 2010

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June 5, 2010

I met Jackie via an e-mail appeal. She had toiletry items too large for handbags and was looking for an organization that could use them. I told her about Hope's House a ministry through my church that gives out health and hygiene products to those in need. Jackie happily delivered the items to the church. Later, we we were able to give her boxes of smaller sized products that were perfect for the handbags she distributes. Handbags of Hope is to be commended for their thriftiness, keeping overhead costs very low. They are very resourceful, getting donations from many individuals and organizations. Jackie and her helpers are a blessing to our community!

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

hearing the comments from grateful recipients of the handbags.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

I saw a flyer at my hair salon, JCola (a sponsor!) in November 2008 and thought what a great idea to gather purses and fill them for women’s' shelters. Not knowing exactly what to expect when I got there, I brought my purses and at the Elks Club in Mt. Clemens the place was decked out for the holidays, items to buy, great items for raffles and a full buffet meal! The place was packed, full of excitement and positive energy. Jackie, Debi, and Lisa are wonder-women! It’s incredible to fathom all that they do. Handbags of Hope has worked tirelessly from its inception to bring forth the goal of reaching women and teens in need. With each meeting with Jackie she seems to bring a new goal to reach out to more women in more creative ways. If ever a grass-root organization deserves support, its Handbags of Hope!

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

positive,uplifting with high energy!

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

have its own building for storage, workspace, office and even a van or two!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

Handbags of Hope gives to those women in need of a lift. Women who need to feel self worth. Some are abused, either physically or emotionally, homeless, or just in need of some help. Handbags of Hope makes these women feel empowered, independent and most importantly loved. What a great idea and mission to help spread the love and hope to others. Keep up the great work! Maria DeKimpe

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

The support they give to women in need.

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

very nice and loving.

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

get the handbags to more shelters and look at adding additional items to give.

Ways to make it better...

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

money

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

I am so impressed with Jackie and her young friends who work tirelessly for this cause. They work year-round to gather and deliver handbags all over the state of Michigan. All on their own time and all at their own expense. They could surely use some financial backing from generous sponsors. Such a worthwhile and important project! I am very proud to be affiliated with Handbags of Hope!!!

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

Only experienced results by hearing/reading of how grateful the recipients are.

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

The cheerfulness and commitment of the ladies who work tirelessly for Hanbags of Hope.

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

Young, energetic and committed.

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

Make a huge difference in the lives of women in awful situations. They are so grateful for these Handbags, they come from the heart from strangers to well-deserving women and young ladies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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