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October 6, 2010

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October 6, 2010

I have been a tour guide with New Directions for 12+ years. Because of my current job, I am not able to take as many trips with them as I would like. I know the travelers get a lot out of these trips - new places, new friends, new adventures, or, in some case, old places and old friends. Sometimes I believe the tour guides get more out of the trips by just experiencing it with the travelers. One of my favorite memories was at Disneyland, riding It's A Small Wolrd with a young man who is a deaf mute. The expression of joy and wonder on his face said more than any words he could have expressed. New Directions provides opportunities for travelers they might never have had the experience of knowing. I can't wait for my next trip with them in November.

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

my many trips with them as a tour guide.

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

fantastic

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

off scholarships to many more potential travelers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

When I completed graduate school, I looked around for a company that took people with developmental disabilities on vacations, as I had been doing on a smaller scale in NYC. I found several companies and worked for a few, with moderate satisfaction, but once I found New Directions, I was hooked. Far beyond any company out there, New Directions puts a heavy emphasis on the personal choice and respect of each traveler on tour. It starts at the top and flows down. Delighted with my first tour, I kept leading trip after trip, until I had to settle down and stay in one place. Now that I have a husband and kids, I just lead one trip a year - the Holiday Happiness tour in San Francisco. Seeing the joy in the travelers' faces and the emerging acceptance and understanding of everyone we meet on the street has made every holiday season extra special for me. Thank you, New Directions!

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I spend every Christmas with New Directions, seeing the huge difference they make for people who have no homes to go to for the holidays.

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

Remembering to see true joy at the smallest things.

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

Genuine, compassionate, and organized.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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