NORTHWEST PHILADELPHIA INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   71 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 7047 Germantown Ave Philidelphia PA 19119 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a NPIHN volunteer since the program's beginning in Philadelphia, I have observed many organizational changes implemented to best accommodate the needs of homeless families. This willingness to change keeps the organization relevant and responsive to the needs of its families, volunteers and to those working to combat homelessness in our broader community. The program is great and I highly recommend involvement!


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

As a volunteer I've gained insight regarding homelessness through the first hand stories of the guests.

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

Secure additional funding to expand the program's outreach and capacity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with NPIHN for virtually all of its years of existence as at various times a Congregational Coordinator and a board member. I have seen many,many families grow and blossom as a result of their experience with the Network and the volunteers and staff that make up the Network. The Network has grown greatly so that it not only hosts families but also seeks to help the guests after they have moved on into the community. It's been great to observe the development of the organization and the expansion to meet families in many different ways, all while doing so in a very cost-effective manner. I also feel that the volunteers benefit greatly by their involvement with the guests who "put a face" on the societal problem of homelessness. The Network is a blessing to many, and I continue to support it through my time and money.

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

Talking with guests after they have "graduated from the program" and observe and hear feedback from congregation members who have volunteered

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

Obtain more funding so that the staff could be paid better and the services could be expanded further

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Rating: 5 stars  

I chose to be a Board Member after watching, supporting and seeing my friends enthusiasm as she serves on this board. My initial feeling was this is a very caring and empowering organization. The leadership of the Executive Director is outstanding. The services provided is useful, helpful and definitely wonderful effort to help those in need. I am proud to be part of this team.

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

Supporting the programs, donations and serving on the Board of Directors

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former board president, I have first-hand experience with NPIHN's organization's leadership. Rachel is an amazing executive director and advocate. This city is lucky to have her.

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

seeing great programming for children.

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

n/a

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Church

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

effectively help families during their housing crises

What is its top priority in the long run?

end homelessness

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I chose to be on the Board of the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network after spending some time mentoring a young woman and her three year old son who were temporarily housed at our synagogue. I found what the Network was doing to change and improve the lives of people who did not want to be homeless and were striving to put their lives back in order to be compelling. I decided that this was so important that I could not just look to others to do the work, but had to carry my share of the load by becoming an active participant.

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

I see the results both in terms of the impact the Network has had on the mother and son I mentor and by serving on what is a real working Board.

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

I would like to see it have better funding sources and by able to expand its scope.

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Rating: 4 stars  

NPIHN is the best shelter i have ever had the experince of being a volunteer at and the only shelter that i have been a participant of. When i came into the program I didnt know what to expect. I had heard so many horror stories about how people had to share familes with 4 & 5 other familes...stories of beint talked down to and or turning a blind eye to what was going wrong in the program. there wasnt any issue of that sort at NPHIHN. I truly apreciate everything that was done for me and my daughters and that is why I have no problems returning the favor.

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

I have personally experienced the results of this program by recieving somewhere to get myself together so i can succeed better in life.

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

If i had to make a change it would be, more money for the staff workers. And to be able to hire more staff so they would be able to serve more families.

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

How did you find this group?

I found this group through phone calls to other agencies.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for NPIHN numerous times and in various roles. Not only have I had great experiences with the families in the program and the dedicated staff as well. I have also gained new insights on poverty and life in general. Homelessness could happen to all of us. It doesn't discriminate.

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

seeing the former families make it on their own and staying stable.

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

want it to grow to be able to accommodate more families in all parts of the city.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The services and guidance provided by the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network provide a life line to the families they serve. It is great to support a group so very committed to serving, supporting and guiding families in need. I am happy to volunteer!

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

Reviewing the successful support provided to families with school age children.

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

Provide additional support with seeking funding.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Our church has long supported NPIHN and helped by providing housing for families in need. NPIHN really deserves to have a grant so it can help even more people.

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

In knowing it has helped families in our area in need.

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

Find ways to get more resources to the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a forner volunteer, board member and board president. NPIHN is a truly amazing organization due to its dedicated staff and volunteers. It helps families get back on their feet by providing a myriad of services, including housing and counseling. It has a remarkable success rate with over 90% of its families never returning to homelessness.

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

watching families solve their financial problems, get more education, get jobs and find permanent housing.

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

none

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

through my church

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

helping familes get back on their feet

What is its top priority in the long run?

Giving families the skills to remain employed an din permanent housing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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