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March 1, 2009

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March 1, 2009

HOMEFRONT INC When I retired fom a career in education and social services, I wanted to continue to do something to further the greater good of society. Volunteering at Homefront has given me that opportunity. For the past six years, I have seen the agency grow in its abililty to service the homeless families of Mercer County. I am impressed with the commitment of the staff to assist homeless families in many ways, but especially by providing them with living space (recently developed through shelters for families, pregnant women and affordable apartments) enriched with supportive services so that families can eventually become productive members of society. It is impressive how Homefront involves the client-base with its own sense of mission. I have seen a distraught mother come in with a crying child to receive assistance. Then, that same mother has come in a year later, smiling, with a donation of her child’s car seat for someone else to use. I have observed the good effect that volunteers have on each other. People who have seen others donate furniture to be shared with a family moving from a motel or a shelter into their own apartment have collected micro-wave ovens, cleaned and repaired them to distribute to these same families A 10 year old who knew his mother volunteered at Homefront donated his birthday money to Homefront. College students tutor not only children but also mothers so they can get their GED’s or learn budgeting or practice job inteviewing skills. It is unfortunate that Homefront can’t respond immediately to everyone’s request to have furniture picked up in a timely fashion but there are realistic limitations of resources and the needs of the clients. Thank you Homefront for allowing me to be a part of this giving community and for all that you do to inspire and organize the volunteers to share their lives with those less fortunate of Mercer County. Arlene Ceterski

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

the wonderful staff and volunteers I've met.

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

generous, courteous and caring.

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

provide more affordable housing to the homeless, provide more supportive services to clients and recycle more funiture to those in need.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2009

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February 24, 2009

Every time I get involved at HomeFront, I feel great! For many years I was active in the Community service activities at the middle school where I taught. This entailed writing curriculum to educate students both about the ways in which they could reach out to HomeFront's temporary homeless clients, and to realize the value to themselves and their community in having everyone in our community doing well. Because HomeFront's work is as much about helping families get back on their feet as it is to supplying them with their needs for today, the effects of this organization's work is long term. Now, having retired from teaching, I'm working as a freelance photographer. I am able to do some pro bono photography for HomeFront which is another way for me to be involved and to experience first hand the dedication of the staff and volunteers who make up the army of people on HomeFront's "front lines." We all want to make a difference in the lives of others in our community. HomeFront is an established, effective organization which allows me to feel that I do just that.

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

the lives of the homeless women and families they have housed and fed.

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

never be able to do the job done by its founder, Connie Mercer.

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

It has been wonderful to feel that I can make a difference and share some of my blessings with others.

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

the best! Everyone has such "Esprit de coeur." Volunteers are treated like gold. And why not? So much of what HomeFront is able to accomplish is through the work of volunteers. You feel needed and appreciated.

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

put all homeless families in Mercer County into their own homes, help train them and find them jobs, as needed.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to this organization

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

The growing number of people who are in need of the type of services HomeFront provides.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2009

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February 24, 2009

As a volunteer for Homefront, over the last ten years I have been amazed to see the impact this organization has had on the lives of the women and children it serves. I have been part of back to school back pack drives where every homeless child is able to attend the first day of school with their heads held high as they too model their new first day of school outfits and shiney school supplies.Poor working mothers, struggling to make ends meet are able to see the look of joy in their children's eyes as they open Christmas toys donated by Homefront's annual Christmas drive. The simple act of blowing out candles on a Birthday cake and opening a small gift is something we take for granted with our own children,yet homeless children may not have this important ritual were it not for Homefront's Birthday Club. These are just a very few programs at Homefront that I have had the priviledge to be a part of but I have seen so many more. Mercer county is blessed to have the Homefront family care about all it's families and I am honored to serve as a volunteer in any small way.

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

the faces of children served by Homefront.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope to have continuous funding for all programs.

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

hearing the stories of women who have graduated programs here to become successful in life.

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

beyond generous with their commitment to making a better place for all the women and children in Mercer County.

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

save a child.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to each event.

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

the current economic situation reflecting in decreased monetary aid.

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

if every county in America had a Homefront organization with it's degree of care we would create a better world today for tomorrow.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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