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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

As a volunteer since the beginning of the program (almost 20 years) I spend one or two overnights during the twice yearly periods when they stay at my church in Germantown. At these times you get to meet the guests and learn about their history, what they are now doing to alter their conditions, and their aspirations for the future. It is very inspiring to see, in spite of all their challenges, how they rise each day to meet these obligations in a very positive and inspirational manner.
Five years ago, after retirement, I was asked to represent my church on the board. During this time I have been able to be involved with many other aspects of the program, particularly focused on ways to provide transformational housing and financial matters.
The real joy of NPIHN is the involvement of so many volunteers who give to others their time, talents, energy, and finances because they see, first hand, the help that is provided to these good people who have had some tough times.





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

Seeing clients not only find satisfactory housing but also gain new skills that will enable them to sustain and improve their lifestyle.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to help more people learn about the great work NPIHN does and how they may help in this effort.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I have been cooking dinners for NPHIN since it's inception, and hosting on the evenings I cook. I always make it a practice to do this at least twice (to get to know the guests better) during each rotation at our synagogue and help out at other congregations when asked. I've also helped connect the organized Secular Jewish community with the program. Being involved in NPHIN led to my writing a book about homeless families and children in America. What becomes evident when working with these families is how diverse the homeless population is and how invisible. The other thing that has always impressed me is the tight connections between the children and their parents. After volunteering with the Network one can no longer say that will never happen to me or someone I love.

The Great!

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

Families and single women who graduate from the program are able to turn their lives around even in this difficult economy. They are treated with respect and respect themselves. Almost all of the parents are involved either in working or educational programs so they can not be accused of trying to get by on charity.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand it's ability to reach more needy families.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

NPHIN is a wonderful, caring organization doing hands-on work to help people get back on their feet. I'm the Associate Pastor at our church, that has both hosted their clients and helped other churches host by providing meals. The organization is well run, treats its clients with respect and dignity, and has many great success stories to share about getting people into stable housing. What a wonderful, much-needed organization!

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

the stories shared of people we met who soon after staying with us, moved in to permanent housing.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

For several years, my family and I--often, along with friends--have cooked and shared dinner with families being served through NPIHN. It has been an eye-opening experience to see the face of homelessness, which shatters stereotypes and gives statistics a name and a story. I've been impressed with how smoothly NPIHN manages the logistics of moving families, often with young children, in and out of various churches and synagogues, and with how they support their volunteers. NPIHN works by building relationships with clients who are homeless and helping connect them with the resources to gain stability.

The Great!

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

Seeing volunteers and clients share conversation and a meal together--a moment of dignity and commonality.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand its reach to serve even more homeless families and involve more faith communities.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

My family migrated in the US about two years ago and the NIHPN helped us settle and navigate our way though the system (logistic, customized school education, useful social services, discounts on many products and exernal services, registration and participation in many summer camps, redistribution of lot of furniture, tutoring of the kids, help with with taxes, and much more. NIHPN truly showe God's blessings upon countless families, thereby restores hope and faith in a better future.
As a parent of a big household, I could have never made it by myself. Thank you to you, Rachel, and to your wonderful and committed team.

Albert Tchato

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

I received help in as many fields as: logistic, customized school education, useful social services, discounts on many products and exernal services, registration and participation in many summer camps, redistribution of lot of furniture, tutoring of the kids, help with with taxes, and much more

Ways to make it better...

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

I have no idea.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

NIHPN does a great job on two fronts: guiding families out of homelessness, and bringing a wide range of congregations and members of very diverse backgrounds together to work on a common problem. By housing families in churches and synagogues, many dozens of people become aware of fellow human beings, not an abstract "homeless person." That has been part of my experience working as a volunteer over the years.

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Yes,

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

They do a great job with a very modest budget.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Volunteering with the Interfaith Hospitality Network has been a great experience for my kids and me and a wonderful way to connect with families in transition. We've enjoyed making dinners, eating with the families and playing with kids. We have found IHN to be a very respectful and quality organization to support with Christmas gifts, too.

The Great!

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

interacting with families and hearing of the importance of support during tough times of transition.

Ways to make it better...

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

I have no context for making changes to the organization.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The programs run by Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN) are so valuable to the people they serve. I have been volunteering as a dinner host for many years, and when my children were young, I used to bring them along with me to play with the children in the program, before and after dinner. Any one of us could be in the situation of needing help, and this kind of help is what is needed--to be treated with dignity, and supported in the quest to be self-sufficient and to give back. Thanks NPIHN, for doing such good work all these years. You have provided tutoring where needed, help in job searches, furnishings for new residences, as well as food and shelter while things come together.

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

I have seen many of the people who accessed the services of NPIHN move on to get jobs and homes, and to re-establish themselves in their new communities.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see more help for the children who may be struggling with their school work due to the changes in their lives. For example, they need access to computers for doing homework.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) has been very inspiring in their bringing together families in need of temporary housing with groups (such as my synagogue) who provide housing, meals, and even some child care services for parents. Families are able to stay together, parents have a load taken off their back as they try to re-organize, a process which often includes job hunting as well as apartment hunting. IHN offers their services in a non-judgemental way, truly supporting families in maintaining dignity while they are in a very vulnerable situation.

The Great!

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

being able to contribute to the needs of homeless families in a concrete way that has immediate, tangible results. I have seen parents obtain jobs and more permanent housing during this process.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more visible coordination support for the volunteer organizations - but that takes money!

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

My family helped to host dinner for several families at our synagogue, which turned out to be a wonderful evening for us and - I hope - for the families we got to know that evening. We greatly appreciated Interfaith Hospitality Network's efforts to house these homeless families, because not only did it give them a place to stay, but it gave my family an opportunity to volunteer for the community and to learn a little bit about helping others less fortunate. The week was well run, and the families appeared to feel welcome and seemed pleased with the chance to stay in our synagogue.

The Great!

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

the smooth way in which a potentially complex week -- hosting homeless families and organizing meals, etc -- was run.

Ways to make it better...

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

I have no changes to suggest.

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