HOMEFRONT INC

Rating: 4.84 stars   43 reviews

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Location: 1880 Princeton Ave Lawrenceville NJ 08648 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the Development Committee of HomeFront, I am in a position to observe all aspects of the organization. Tackling the Catch-22 that so many working poor face (some income but not enough) head on is the key to HomeFront's success. It is the epitome of "teaching a person to fish". Their programs train their clients in all aspects of life, from job seeking skills to budgeting to parenting. Their committment goes far beyond a hand out and a place to stay for a while. They provide a solid hand grasp and a refuge where families can recoup, reassess and recover.

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

At the Family Preservation Center run by HomeFront, I have seen shattered families actively engaged in regaining their lives. One example is the arts program which has grown from a theraputic outlet to a viable gallery that sells clients' works to the general public.

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

Encourage the executive board to concentrate more effort on endowment planning

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

What is unique about this organization?

It surpasses governmental assistance programs by concentrating on developing clients' skills to get meaningful jobs and offering the support necessary to allow the clients' to take advantage of the programs. Childcare and afterschool programs focus on the needs of the children while the parents can focus on moving forward.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with HomeFront off and on for the entire twenty years of its history. I believe I wrote their first foundation proposal, back when their primary activity was delivering food to homeless families in the "welfare motels" on Route One in New Jersey. Over the years I have looked in now and then and seen the evolution of the current multi-service agency serving thousands of people in a variety of ways. Their programs provide well more than food and shelter. They put a lot of focus on education and employment both for homeless and needy parents and for their children. Their programs break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, providing these families with a new start. Their current efforts also involve preventing homelessness, rather than treating it after it occurs. In my long career working with human services agencies, I have never seen anything like HomeFront. It is one of a kind.

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

I have met a large number of HomeFront success stories, people with education and employment, many of whom currently volunteer to help others.

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

I would hesitate to make any really significant change, given their spectacular growth and innovative development of a host of new programs.

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