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December 14, 2009

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December 14, 2009

This organization is amazing! I just started volunteering and it is a very rewarding experience. It is not like other organizations where they serve the food and that's it. We actually interact with guests and eat with them. I see us more as equals and I feel the guests feel more respected because of it.

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

Everyone really cares. The interns want to work with underserved people in the future. No one dislikes what they do or anything like that.

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

it would get a larger place to hold even more people. We would also buy more cots and sleeping bags. Another thing we have been hoping to do is to send each guest home with food and snacks to get them through the day where they are not at the shelter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

I volunteered last night at dinner and through the overnight. What I experienced was an open-hearted team of volunteers and a community of appreciative helpful guests. In addition, the nature of the project will help build bridges between different religious/faith groups in our town. I recommend this organization wholeheartedly!!

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

my experiences volunteering.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the community-building and providing a much needed service. Also exposing my child to different people and ways of life.

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

great!

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

ROCK!! Be able to provide more services and help replicate this fantastic model!!

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

restrictions imposed by the city.

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

It's the best way to spend the holidays!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

Such a team of organized and giving community members. I share the compassion for those without homes or places to stay. I applaud the interfaith network that makes this work. You are all a great asset to this community.

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

assuring 10 people had a place to spend the night indoors in freezing weather conditions.

Ways to make it better...

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

post that volunteer drivers are not allowed to drive alone with a client of the opposite sex.

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

the level of efficiency and organization.

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

compassionate people with an hour of their time to spend.

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

Provide a doctor and nurse to offer help with mentaly challenged people providing prescriptions and counseling. And have another facility built somewhere. And offer some security personel or payment to the volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

I had a bigger vehicle.

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

the manners and personalities of the clients who use the shelter scare and offend people in the community.

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

I wish more people could stay at the shelter if needed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

I have had the good fortune to volunteer for the shelter, both this year and last year. Each time I am a part of this wonderful experience, I am struck by the importance of this organization. Such a simple concept - to provide the most basic of needs to our fellow citizens. As I get to know the people served, I realize how different every story is. Their appreciation for the good food, a warm and dry sleeping area, and a bit of understanding conversation touches my heart. So much is done with so little money; it's a shame that more can't be served. The need is there.

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

The connection that I feel with our guests and their appreciation of what is provided.

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

Like minded - that we all were accepting our guests without judgment

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

I worked here more than a handful of times and every single time it was a wonderful experience. I feel like this is one of the best services provided to and by the people of Davis. And for a town like Davis, that's saying a lot.

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

helping out with dinners and watching over the guests at night.

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

how much good it does for the people of Davis and how much it makes me feel needed and valuable in this community.

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

amazing and incredibly kind; a joy to be around.

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

n't be of any more good, because the city of Davis is doing everything in its power to limit the success and scope of the program; it's a real shame.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

I wouldn't have thought it was possible for such diverse faith communities to come together to provide a rotating winter shelter but this group has done it and done it well for three years in Davis, CA. This group promotes understanding and compassion between community members and people living homeless. It is a warm, safe place for both those who serve and those who are served. My friends and I enjoy making a great meal and meeting the guests.

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

the betterment of our community. It is safer with shelter for homeless people.

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

seeing the interfaith cooperation to achieve a common goal.

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

dedicated.

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

It's not about money. They have accomplished all this on a shoestring and a few donations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

Our family has enjoyed this intergenerational opportunity to serve the homeless for a few years. With our two young daughters, my wife and I have helped prepare, serve and share a meal with the community's persons without shelter.

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

building community by feeding and sheltering the homeless.

Ways to make it better...

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

give it more funding for permanent staff.

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

the ease with which it incorporates our family's help. It is well run.

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

great.

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

expand possibly building a dormitory with showers?

Ways to make it better...

I had been more out going.

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

space and the complaints of its neighbors.

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

great people like Alex Cooke and Pastor Bill Habicht really make it happen for our church's part.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

I am very proud to be a member of the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis. It is a hundred percent grass roots movement of over 600 caring members of the Davis community. It is funded, staffed, and supported by hopeful members of many faith communities in our town and it is truly interfaith. Supporting congregations include just about every denomination you can name. They are all united in their belief in helping their fellow citizens in a spirit of respect and concern for human dignity. I, personally have met the most generous and giving people through this effort. It has been a life changing experience for me.

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

seeing people have a safe, dry place to stay in the cold weather.

Ways to make it better...

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

seek to share more about our values in regard to the group on a more regular basis.

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

feeling positive about the inherent goodness of the people I meet in the course of this work.

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

impressively selfless.

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

provide resources for the root causes of homelessness and provide permanent housing.

Ways to make it better...

we could have even more support from local citizens.

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

educating people about how the homeless guests are persons, not numbers.

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

Not having 10 million bucks is really not a bad thing, because depending on the generosity of people is a value in itself of trust and hope in the human condition.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

"It felt good to help people," said my 12 year old. "It felt nice to help people without a home," said my other 12 year old.

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

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

how my children felt after volunteering.

Ways to make it better...

along with saying a group grace at the beginning of the meal, have each participant, including volunteers, say at least one, no more than 3 (to expedite) things they were thankful for that day.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 14, 2009

My experience is that it is easier to recover from trauma or tragedy if we don't have to go it alone. Friends and family normally give us a variety of support for a variety of reasons. For me, with little of one and even less of the other, the rotating shelter gives me a home away from homeless. this means food, often gourmet by comparison. the volunteers truly feed me better than I feed myself. My first step towards homelessness began when i decided the world did not need me as a doctor. nothing else seemed to be good enough for me, certainly did not challenge me enough. I took a job, a few for twenty years or so. Did well enough so I didn't really need to work; just when i wanted to. Then, 20 years ago to the month, i was struck by a car and should have been killed. I survived, but suffered pains that continue to this day. the pain made it difficult to get along wioth others and so precluded my ability to work. At least with others. Although I have a small income, it is not enough to live here in Davis, the place I have the deepest roots stemming from my life here as a University student. At my age, I am a little too long in the tooth for room mates, and we all know how expensive it is to live anywhere these days, especially a place like Davis, here, if you don't work for the University or own your own business, all that is left is the retail opportunities. a grown man cannot live off that, much less save and get ahead. Besides, it is almost impossible to be hired in Davis because students will do professional grade work for party money, so long as employers are flexible to their school schedules. The place is a business owner's dream.. For me, the Rotating Shelter solves a few problems. First, a roof over my head for twelve weeks, more than enough food, and something a little less tangible: emotional support. The ever changing staff of volunteers provide a kind of continuity, a sense of belonging somewhere, a sense that everything is ok. Second, I have twelve weeks to live for free...and to live freely without the pressure of wintertime wayfaring.this means i can regroup from my most recent crisis, losing my apartment, my cat and, almost, one of my many projects I puersue as a kind of self-therapy. That car striking me in a cross-walk broke more than my bones. Third and most important, the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter allows me to save enough money to do what is most important to me: Move into Slatters Court and live independently. I can easily afford the monthly rent, but the move-in cost in total are going to take a lot of saving, two months of it. i feel sorry for those that want to come in from the cold but can't either because they have mental health problems more severe than my own, because they are females or families with pets, or just plain can't handle the structure of shelter living, such as at Davis Community Meals' Shelter, or their Winter Shelter. But that's the beauty of IRWS: there is structure yes, but their structure is wrapped around us, not a paid staff. It's Davis taking care of it's own. Thank you IRWS of Davis Mynamis Lawson

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

...my weight. I have gained 5 pounds in two weeks. saying a lot because I burn calories just thinking about burning calories. I'vd saved a dollar or two.. I don't talk to people much; I'm talking more now. may have mad a friend or two, even.

Ways to make it better...

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

Too early to tell.

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

People acting like they are happy to see me. If I were housed, I wouldn't have THAT..

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

Whole families, under-gradute and graduate UCD students, little old ladies and some that made me wish I were 35 years younger... And they were friendly, not quick to pry with "why are you homeless" type questions, but good listeners when I DID want talk.

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

...do little more than it does already here, but boy, it could go statewide!

Ways to make it better...

...i could have chosen wealthier parents, and donated time and money to IRWS.Funny, this place performs near miracles for us, with volunteer community members like you. I think it could use your money, but mostly your time, your energy and your compassion

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

Drwaing in Overnight Volunteers. they mostly just listen to us snore anyways. Whole families could come maybe once or twice a month. Students can study.. The way i see it, IRWS has done with influence, what The City of Davis can't do with money.

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

Hmmmmm..... How about: Get With The Program? If the Community that is Davis, California can and should be proud of one thing, it is it Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter and its Army of community volunteers. Get with the program..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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