My Fathers House A Community Shelter Inc

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: PO Box 1147 Gresham OR 97030 USA

Mission: My Fathers House mission is to provide housing, education and a supportive community so that homeless families can regain their independence and transform their lives.
Programs: Our highest priorities are meeting the whole needs of the homeless family. Physical, emotional, and spiritual issues may be addressed for each family member to become functional. Families living together and working on their problems together will make the transformation into healthy living patterns more quickly and permanently. Therefore, we strive to keep families intact as they work together to wholeness and completeness.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I really don't know where to start. It would sound like an over dramatic statement if I said something like "My Fathers House saved my life and kept my family from being torn apart" but in a very real way, they did. I had no hopes for a job when we (my ten month old son, his mother, and I) were evicted from our apartment. No relative or friend would take us in as a group and we were determined to stay together. We were told about My Fathers House and had a hard time believing it... it sounded too good to be true. But, thank God, it wasn't! We were treated with kindness and respect. No one EVER made me feel like I was being looked down on. I felt real love from everyone from the Exective Director to my Growth Leader ( who happened to be the E.D.'s husband :D ) to all of the staff and volunteers... they all REALLY wanted me and my family to succeed. When you are totally down and out, most of the time you really don't want/need a hand out. In most cases, what would be best is a hand up. At My Fathers House, that's exactly what we got.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity My family was fortunate enough to have lived at the new building of My Father's House for about 4 months. The icing on the cake of instability was losing our housing situation in an unfortunate situation with our housemate. We spent about 3 months couch-surfing among relatives (me, my wife, and our 4 kids). I was still managing to hold down my full time job all the while. One day my wife mentioned something about this "father's house" place. I was willing to go see what they were about, so we set up an appointment with Sam. As our luck would turn out, it was probably the best thing to happen to us in YEARS. We are now over a year removed from our stay, and while the marriage is still on thin ice, we are definitely better off as people for having stayed at My Father's House. And as I swore to Cathe on the day we left, I will ALWAYS find some way or another to help out the shelter. And you should too! They just opened up their new apartment complex, and so the needs are greater than ever. But the help is burgeoning too. Cathe, Dan, Dougie, Heather, all the Staff, I love you guys and I won't ever forget what you've done for me and my family. Don S.

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

My own personal life.

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

Find more people willing to help them find the things they need on a daily basis.

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

The effect on my personal life!

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

AWESOME.

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

Continue their vision, expand their mission, and help MANY more people who need it.

Ways to make it better...

I could find more people willing to give all they had to this organization.

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

A lack of public knowledge of what they actually do.

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

I love this place. And while I may not have the cash to help, I will ALWAYS find some way or another to help Cathe. Just like I promised her, the day my family moved out.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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