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April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

The ladies at Hope Harbor do an excellent job serving their population. They CARE. They are PASSIONATE about what they do and DETERMINED to make a difference. They are well organized, do a great job keeping the community involved in their happenings, and best of all are a hands down, professional, organization.

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At times we receive items from our donors that we have excess of, so I always take them down to Hope Harbor. I know they will be put to good use and most of all APPRECIATED.

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Find a way to get them more funding!

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

I have been associated with Hope Harbor for only a short amount of time but have been impressed with how many people have been helped. Hope Harbor not only provides food and shelter but gives people the tools to save money, find a job and supporting themselves.

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Hearing personal stories of residents who have succeeded.

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Continue to try to get donations because of all the good work that is done.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

Hope Harbor provides a opportunity for those in need to get a second chance in life. As a board member for the past 5 years, I have watched the organization grow and fill a great need in our community.

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Residents have paid down thousands of dollars of debt.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them find more long term funding sources by developing a larger donor base.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

Hope Harbor is an organization that provides services to those who need it most. The services provided help individuals to not only have a roof over their head and food to sustain them but also a very solid educational program which gives them the tools needed to obtain and sustain self sufficiency. The organization gives back to the community in many ways by assisting people that are homeless and near homeless to pay back money owed, gain skills to obtain employment and rebuild their lives.
The Executive Director and staff along with the Board of Directors consistently work to continue to make the organization better and to further build upon the programs offered.

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I have seen the organization go through a number of changes in the past 4 years and it just continues to get better. The organization recently completed a very successful Capital Campaign which allowed us to purchase and renovate the Shelter and to continue to improve upon services being provided. Furthermore, the campaign helped to increase name recognition and to build upon community support.

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One change that I would like to make is to be able to increase the salaries of staff members and to be able to give them additional benefits. We have a very qualified staff and they really do provide an invaluable service to the individuals they work with as well as the community as a whole. They are under appreciated fiscally speaking because of the financial limitations of a non-profit budget. The work they are doing is so very important.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Hope Harbor is an organization that provides services to those who need it most. The services provided help individuals to not only have a roof over their head and food to sustain them but also a very solid educational program which gives them the tools needed to obtain and sustain self sufficiency. The organization gives back to the community in many ways by assisting people that are homeless and near homeless to pay back money owed, gain skills to obtain employment and rebuild their lives.
The Executive Director and staff along with the Board of Directors consistently work to continue to make the organization better and to further build upon the programs offered.

The Great!

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

I have seen the organization go through a number of changes in the past 4 years and it just continues to get better. The organization recently completed a very successful Capital Campaign which allowed us to purchase and renovate the Shelter and to continue to improve upon services being provided. Furthermore, the campaign helped to increase name recognition and to build upon community support.

Ways to make it better...

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

One change that I would like to make is to be able to increase the salaries of staff members and to be able to give them additional benefits. We have a very qualified staff and they really do provide an invaluable service to the individuals they work with as well as the community as a whole. They are under appreciated fiscally speaking because of the financial limitations of a non-profit budget. The work they are doing is so very important.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

Hope Habor provides a vital service to the community of Grand Island. Their employees passion and dedication is a testiment to the great work they do!

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My parents were foster parents for many years.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more funding.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I've been a board member for over six years and have volunteered many times when the help is needed, be it painting the renovated building, helping out in the office answering phone calls or helping out with donated items. The clients have been super and are great to work with. I've had a few times that I just needed to sit down with the clients and listen to their stories of how their life had been before they came to the shelter to seek the help they needed. They are very thankful for all the great things that they have experienced at the shelter be it the financial planning classes, paying off their bills, seeking a job, cooking classes, and just the day-to-day things they need to be responsible for and how to take care of themselves and/or their children. The clients appreciate that they have a place to call a temporary home, hot meals, clothing, and then moving on to be self sufficient and to find a place they can call home once they are back on their feet and feel they can make a real life for themselves.

Hope Harbor is a non-profit organization and depends greatly on community support with monatary donations, food, clothing, bedding, furniture, and other household items.

After working as co-chair on the Capital Campaign, we found that some of the community never heard about Hope Harbor. We got the word out about the great things Hope Harbor does and had a very successful campaign which has moved the shelter to be a well known place in our community and the support we receive it good, but there are always needs and with a full shelter and the bad economic times, help is always needed to keep the shelter open.

Hope Harbor is very dear to my heart and I will continue to be there for them in any way needed.

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My greatest experience at the shelter has been the opportunity to work with the clients, sitting down with a one-on-one conversation with a client when they were down (in tears and not knowing where to turn or what to do). They just needed someone to talk to and to have someone just listen to their story. In turn they seemed to feel better after someone would talk to them and did not see them as a homeless person.

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I would like to see another site in our community for more people could be helped and to have a place to stay till they could get back on their own and be self-sufficient. A men's shelter would be another thing I would like to see.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I have served on the Board at Hope Harbor for nearly three years and am currently serving as the Board Treasurer. I chose to serve and continue to serve on this Board because of the essential and effective services it offers to women and children of our community. Hope Harbor not only provides shelter for those families in immediate need, but then provides these women with training and resources to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

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In watching the many success stories that are a result of Hope Harbor's opportunities.

Ways to make it better...

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To expand classes and services offered to the community.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Just knowing a few of the people who work for Hope Harbor has opened my eyes to the immediate needs of Women in trouble. I cant imagine having to live in a car with a child, or out on the streets with a baby. The things Hope Harbor can provide for these women is nothing short of amazing and I am pretty sure most of the people they help feel the same way!!

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seeing the workers of Hope Harbor help other organizations, especially during the State Fair

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more funding for them!

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

As a health care provider, I have seen the effect that Hope Harbor has had on several families. Single moms learn parenting and financial skills and get a boost in their self respect while living at Hope Harbor. I appreciate the staff there helping to facilitate care while keeping the client ultimately responsible for themselves. Hope Harbor's mission is needed and appreciated in our community!

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working with patients who live at Hope Harbor.

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

increase publicity and public support.

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