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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I was homeless undergoing chemo. I was accepted, no questions asked, after referral by VA. Homeless receiving organization (Entered from paper review by GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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

pointing the veteran in the right direction to get needed help.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep staffing & guidelines the same.

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

its team effort in approaching a task

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

wonderful, very helpful

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

set a larger example for reaching other organizations

Ways to make it better...

I'd known about organization sooner

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

I would think funding (major) however positive publicity

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

more cooperation from local VA center James A Haley

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

I have been a resident of Liberty Manor for over two years. I owe over four thousand dollars in rent because I am disabled and unable to work. Liberty Manor has never approached me about rent and has been very benevolent during this period when I would otherwise be homeless. Liberty Manor has also assisted me with a VA pension as I am an honorably discharged veteran. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

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

their desire to help veterans return to an independent lifestyle.

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

They have assisted me in every facet of my troubled life.

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

encouraging and inspirational.

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

provide even more services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

I arrived at Liberty Manor because the living conditions where I lived were deplorable. I was encouraged by a resident, Jim Brennan, to check it out. I was more than pleased with the property, how well maintained the rooms were and the friendly staff. Liberty Manor has been more than a place to live - it has become a home with family members. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

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

how they organize events and trips. They ensure we will not be overlooked during holidays and always do special things for us.

Ways to make it better...

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

replicate their program.

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

how they give 100% - even small details.

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

more than helpful. As a results of being a disabled veteran, they helped me on moving day to move in - nobody does that anymore.

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

maybe purchase vehicles making it possible to transport the disabled residents. Connie struggles to make my wheelchair fit in her SUV.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't have been better.

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

money. Limited transportation - much needed van.

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

to help veterans organizations such as this one.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

I arrived at Liberty Manor because the living conditions where I lived were deplorable. I was encouraged by a resident Jim Brennan to check it out. I was more than pleased with the property, how well maintained the rooms were and the friendly staff. Liberty Manor has been more than a place to live - it has become a home with family members. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

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

how they organize events and trips. They ensure we will not be looked over during holidays and always do special things for us.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

My husband David and I arrived penniless and downtrodden. We had been staying in a shelter where the conditions were deplorable. I met representatives of Liberty Manor who stated their place would be a huge upgrade. We had no money to offer and they accept us with open arms. We still haven't been able to pay but they have treated us like family. Connie has worked ambitiously to procure employment for us and things are starting to look more positive. The living conditions are wonderful! (Entered from a paper review on 9/8/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

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

getting many residents jobs. They also bring food over when it's not part of our lease agreement. They have also given us transportation.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to replicate their program modality because it works.

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

their demeanor. Connie is always positive and the manager Jim has been very helpful.

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

very professional. They have the necessary answers and the expertise in housing and social services.

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

expand. Liberty Manor appears to be the only organization making alliances with entrepreneurs to get employment opportunities for people.

Ways to make it better...

it really could not have been more pleasurable.

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

funding, as most of the funds seem to be sponsored by administration or staff who are volunteers.

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

helping this deserving organization that does so much to help others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 2, 2010

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September 2, 2010

I have resided at Liberty Manor for Veterans for four years. I am convinced that Liberty Manor does more for the veteran community than any organization I have ever heard of.

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

countless cases. Veterans arrive homeless and staff get them jobs or a VA pension. When they leave, they will never be homeless again.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

Almost two months ago Rodney and I arrived in Florida looking for a fresh start after our own personal economic collapse in North Carolina. Tired and broke, we ended up at a local shelter where upon check-in at 4 pm daily we were no longer able to acknowledge each other's existence. Men and women are not allowed to communicated with each other. Additionally, each day as we headed out we had to carry all of our belongings with us making our job search difficult at best. After a week, we were becoming very discouraged and frustrated. Then a miracle walked into our lives. Her name is Connie Blaney. She operates several transitional homes for veterans and homeless individuals. We were allowed to be a couple again. To be there for each other, help each other, comfort each other, feel normal again. Even if that were the extent of Connie's involvement it would be amazing enough. But, there is so much more. Connie provides empowerment and encouragement to be all you can. She provides job leads, resources, referrals, respect, comfort, laughter, leisure, safety and much much more expecting only that you apply yourself to be the best you can be based on each individual's own unique capabilities. Individually, I believe in addition to the love, the genuine caring that Connie provides is key. No one else offers that. Rodney now has a wonderful full time job in the profession he loves. I am getting the medical attention I need all while being allowed to be ourselves and be a couple. Thank you Connie! (review entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

Connie has help with us getting jobs now I, work at International Ship Repair in Tampa, FL. Even when my car brock down, Connie and Jim help me get the car fix so I can keep getting to work on time. Most people don't help to be helping. Connie help us to see us do better. Maybe I can help some people one day. Thank you, Connie Blaney

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

To whom it may concern, I came to Liberty Manor and Connie Blaney on Feb. 06, 2010. I am a Navy veteran and I was just released from the Florida Dept. of Corrections for the second time. In the past 20 years, i have spent 18 of them in the prison system. My first release only lasted 2 short years and my prospects of the second release did not even look that promising, that speaks volumes about Florida's prison rehab. programs. As a vet, I felt like my country abandoned me because of my dis-functions that I incured while in the service. As a so-called "free-person," I felt like a total wash-out and totally distant and unconnected to a society to which I must now try to exist in. In short, Connie was faced with one seriously damaged vet that couldn't find a reason to live. When most people would have run from helping a vet in my situation, Connie didn't even flinch, she stepped up to the plate and faced a challenge head on. In six very short months, she has personally devoted hours and hours of her time, usually at the sacrifice of her own family and limited freedom to give guidance and a sense of hope to a vet that has substance addictions, severe mental health issues and a total lack of respect for authority. What has been the out-come from her efforts is a person that doesn't choose a case of beer as his first solution to his problems, to trust the V.A. mental health doctors to treat his issues in that area and to realize that my hate for all authority is very much mis-placed. She has given me a very real sense of being part of a family at Liberty Manor, and that in itself is totally unbelievable if you knew me and my childhood. Today, I have the responsibility of all of her maintenance needs and I have been blessed with being able to help others in the same shape as me at one of her properties. I honestly can't say that I am a totally productive member of society, yet! But she has done for me what the service or Florida Prison System couldn't do in 24 years of having custody of me. What Connie started out with five years ago was an organization, what she has today is a family of 60 or so of some of the best people this country has and I for one owe her my life, respect, and total gratitude, Thank you Sis! (Review entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 21, 2010

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July 21, 2010

I was impressed with the services provided by Liberty Manor. Liberty Manor offered me the chance to get back on my feet. They helped me with rent assistance, finding a job, provided me food, gave me clothing - ALL OF MY NEEDS WERE MET. If you follow the rules & regs...you will be successful. I suffered through many homeless shelters where you would think one would be better served, but this organization does whsat they say they will do.

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

person. They are successful in transitioning veterans.

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

I suggest getting them more staff. They are volunteers and though very committed, they have limited time in addition to their own schedules and careers.

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

that all residents were veterans. In that, there is a certain commaraderie.

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

dedicated to the cause.

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

benefit veterans seeking to transition successfully that much sooner

Ways to make it better...

a private room had been available.

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

limited number of staff

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

if a veteran wants to be successful - then they should turn to Liberty Manor. This was a very pleasant experience, especially during bad circumstances. Liberty Msnor was beautiful

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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