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October 28, 2012
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October 28, 2012
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I am a 2011 graduate of New Directions E3 program which stands for Educate, Empower, and Elevate. This is a program set up in Collaboration with the United Way's "Women Leadership Counsel". The WLC provides a volunteer mentor to each woman participating in the E3 program. Through the E3 program I have been able to go from being basically homeless (living with my daughter), to getting set up in an apartment with a roommate and starting Columbus State Community College full time to pursue an associate of science degree in Civil Engineering. While doing this I am also employed full time as a cabinet maker for a company in Hilliard. I am now in my second year of my degree at Columbus State, have managed to win the Anne Bostwick Scholarship of 2,000.00, and have plans to transfer to Ohio State University for my Bachlor's degree in Civil engineering. After that I plan to enter an MBA program to make myself an even more well rounded and capable employee. It is my hope that I can continue with the help of New Directions programs and services, to find opportunities to help me pay for my education along the way. Right now I am an Honors student and hope to be able to continue that. New Directions Career Center's wonderful programs and staff support have given me my life back in more ways than I could ever possibly have imagined! I now volunteer as much as my schedule will permit to try and give back a piece of what has been given to me. If you have the courage to face whatever fears you may have and move forward in spite of them, then I highly recommend New Directions Career Center as your starting point.

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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?

2012

May 24, 2012

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May 24, 2012

Excellent Services provided excellent and committed staff/volunteers. The month long program was life changing for me. Also, advanced career services are extremely helpful. This is a top quality organization that provides services to help you THRIVE.

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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?

2012

September 8, 2011

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September 8, 2011

The Center has an intensive classroom program called New Directions, where you are given a wealth of information from 9am-3pm. From talking to many of the clients, it would be more effective, if there were less breaks and the program started at 10am. It would be easier for women to attend the program because there are so many obligations before 9am. I like the supportive, encouraging attitude of the volunteers and really loved the positive attitudes of Amy Brown and Cindy Kazalia. What I and some of the others clients were bothered with was an undertone of juvenile perception from one of the instructors there. No matter what are circumstances are that brought us there, we are still adult women.

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

Aug-Sept 2011

Ways to make it better...

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

Have the intensive morning program begin at 10am.

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

Some

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

How did you find this group?

referred

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

betterment

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 20, 2011

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June 20, 2011

New Directions Career Center is a non-profit organization with professionals who help those involved in the job search. I've attended a few workshops and have a career counselor at NDCC. The workshops have been helpful and my career counselor is knowledgeable and helpful.

One of the
best opportunities I've had at NDCC is the opportunity to have periodic mock interviews. The Interviewer was from a local company and had experience interviewing. From this experience, I've been able to practice interviewing, get feedback from the Interviewer and subsequently have Informational Interviews with the Interviewer.

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

I'm better prepared for interviews, the job search, and have better momentum and motivation than I would doing this by myself.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help this organization grow.

June 10, 2011

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June 10, 2011

I got connected to New Directions Career Center through networking. I was searching volunteer opportunities I could get involved with while job searching. New Directions was a great fit.

I got involved quickly teaching classes for their clients Networking, Resume Development and
internet job searching. It was great way for me to reach out and help others and still keep myself motivated.

Their clients are fun and motivated. I enjoyed talking having the chance to help people and share my expertise.

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

Networking, Resume Development & Job Searching

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more funding so they could reach out to more people.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I made a great connection and added a friend.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt like I helped people and made a difference

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 7, 2011

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June 7, 2011

After getting laid off, I was at a networking meeting where a New Directions staff member presented info about the organization. Immediately I knew that I wanted to help. I found the staff to be friendly and committed to helping their clients. I was honored to be able to help the clients in their journey to find meaningful employment.

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I also signed up for a career exploration class. The volunteers teaching the class were experienced and interested in helping the participants on their journey. Even better was that we then worked with the Cynthia, the New directions Career Counselor to further personalize our plan.

Ways to make it better...

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

like to grant them a larger facility with ample parking--on a bus route. I would also like for them to have a larger operating budget. This additional funding would be for higher wages for their staff plus and for additional resources so that they are always providing the most current information and best practices in an ever evolving market.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I was unemployed myself and feeling quite devastated about how one could have a job one day and then be unemployed the next--even though I knew of the potential for layoffs for 18 months, it was still a shock. Since I have a Human Resources background, I decided to volunteer 1 day a week to break up the frustration of my job search and give back to the community. At the center I watched the amazing clients with extremely varied circumstances and life experiences handle their challenges with grace and a positive outlook. I was impressed with the way the staff was able to provide individual attention to every person to make them feel special and to help them recognize skills and talents that the clients didn't even realize could be marketable.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Blessed and honored.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 6, 2011
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June 6, 2011
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I was newly divorced had no job, didn't know were to go or who to go to for help, the only thing I knew to do was pray, day and night. Someone told me about New Directions Career Cnt. I went and spoke with Cindy K. and she was so helpful and kind, everyone there was very nice at a time, when I could hardly look at myself. They gave me hope and kindness, and support, when I needed it. This is one of the best places for a woman to go to get help with starting back in the job force. These people are great and blessed. If you know of anyone that is jobless and in need of a great place to start, Go, no run to New Directions Career Center. These are very helpful people, and when you are at the lowest point in your life, this is the best place to go..... God Bless every woman that needs help and support, and is on her own. Gods Speed.

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

New Directions really helped with finding a good job and they really supported me when I was at my lowest point.

Ways to make it better...

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

Hire more women to help and give them all raises.

August 17, 2010

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August 17, 2010

New Directions Career Center has offered trained volunteers and staff members for job search assistance here at the library. All the staff and volunteers have been well-versed in their areas, helpful, and friendly. Additionally, they have been very attentive and professional in all their dealings with our library.

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

At least one person who attended one of our/NDCC workshops is verified as having obtained employment. Others mentioned the positive assistance they obtained for their resumes and job search skills.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010

I have been a client of the center for two years. The resources are outstanding and the asociates are a delight to deal with. With this current economy, it has been extemely difficult to cultivate the waters of unemployment. They are always there with a kind word, a positive outlook, a gentle nudge and suggestions when you have exhausted every idea of your own. I would recommend this organization to anyone in need of help in their career search!

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

In all facets, classroom, seminar, training and resume revision.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 12, 2010
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August 12, 2010
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In November I called New Directions Career Center for help in my life. I was depressed, alone, feeling worthless, out-of-money, frustrated, bitter, angry and full of resentment as I was loosing my apartment and everything that went with personal freedom. I was placed into a 4 week class that would supposedly teach me how to reorganize my life, learn new ways of thinking and embracing the world. Well, what I got was far more than money could have bought. I was able to participate in this program for free because of my income. Little did I know that the emotional pain I came with would be lifted; the financial distress would be bridged; my physical torment woudl be conquered; and my spiritual life which was disorganized would become my greatest strength. I love this program and feel that this program should be in the top 100 training programs nationwide. I have 2.5 years of my PhD program done, a M.A. in Language, Literacy & Culture and a B.A. in African American Studies. Throughout all of my educational experiences this was the richest, most gratifying and personally rewarding journeys I have ever experienced. I found myself, my inner strength and have been able to reprioritize my life in a way that I cannot even begin to say. This program heighten my barriers so I could ovrcome them. It wrapped my emotions into a envelope complete with letting go of my assertiveness. It enabled me to explore skills that I had put into the deepest parts of my mind. It renewed my inner spirit and gave me tools in which to become a healthy individual. Seven months later I have interviewed people in the field of grant writing to explore the local needs and criteria and have now begun writing over 100,000 in grants for a local church. I am receiving on the job training (while being paid through a senior employment center) to learn three computer programs that I need to be marketable. I have begun to develop my Facebook page. I have read books that I never would have to learn how to deal with the present moment, and how to let go of the tragedy, pain and resentment that I had been carrying around for 17 years. I smile, laugh, cry with joy, and beem with levels of excitement that say more than words will ever say. I have even learned to love my mother and for that to happen was awesome. I owe a great deal to this organization for showing me that I needed to believe in myself. FOr all those of you who have disposable income and really want to impact the life of a woman over 50 in an immeasurable way - donate to this organization and change the life of a woman forever. To my donor - whom I have never met, you are the greatest, because without knowing me, but in your belief for this program, I thank you from the bottom of my heart - because if you hadn't cared enough to donate I wouldn't be looking to buy land and build an Art Therapy school in my new hometown. Bridging the unemployment scenario when you are on a cane is hard, when your hair is gray, when your smile is not showing, when you self-esteem is gone. But with a program such as this - new live's, new journeys, new hopes can be built in a way that change and alter the life of a woman forever. Thank you to the team of women who patiently work with us and give us their undivided attention so that we can succeed again. I am forever grateful for their dedication and belief in those of us who have fallen - but can be reborn through New Directions. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Gayle Wanamaker

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

lpersonal growth and development skills that have enabled me to become a better communicator, a better mother, and a better person. I am attracting people in my life because of my personality for the first time. I love being me.

Ways to make it better...

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

want them to be located in my new hometown. I miss being able to just make an appointment and walk in. I am now three hours away, but in all honesty I have stayed in contact with them by e-mail and phone and am always pleased that they take time to talk.

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

that I can accomplish my goals and be what God really intended for me to be.

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

remarkable, unselfish, endearing and embracing.

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

branch out and I would want to volunteer at one of their locations. They could help dress, make-up, and provide the books that I searched out at the library to find and read.

Ways to make it better...

I had totally been able to show up mentally prepared for what I was about to experience. With moving and packing I was sometimes tired - but showed up anyway.

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

fianancial support from men and women and organizations who don't understand the real impact that this organization offers.

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

I can't begin to say thank you enough for how you enabled me to revisit my life in a productive way so that I could still earn retirement, enjoy life and live as a viable part of my community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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