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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I have served as a volunteer tutor and have found the relationship between the staff and the clients to be amazingly warm and famiy-like. In spite of the difficult circumstances they are in, the clients are surrounded by people who really know them as individuals and who really care about them.

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

The caring that the staff provided in obtaining educational assistance for the adult clients.

Ways to make it better...

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

create more private space for tutoring.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The volunteers at NPIHN are caring and knowledgable. Each person involved, whatever role, is treated well. Each family is evaluated for what they would need to move to their next home and supplies are provided. Education and training is also a component.

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

firsthand viewing

Ways to make it better...

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

Arrange for more funding.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am consistently impressed with the work of this organization. The staff is completely dedicated to their work and devotes themselves to the clients they serve.

I have attended events when clients speak of how they have been helped by this organization and I am completely impressed.
Lives are changed by this organization in wonderful ways.

Rochelle

The Great!

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

Hearing clients speak of what has changed in their lives for the good.

Ways to make it better...

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

Simply make it better known!

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I have been volunteering for NPIHN for about 10 years. I think the most obvious sign of its success is that some of the volunteers are former guests in the program. The organization helps the families build the skills they need to succeed and once they move into their new housing, NPIHN continues to interact and make sure that they continue to succeed.

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

talking with many of the guests.

Ways to make it better...

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

make available more and better affordable housing so that they could serve more families

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

The Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network provides an extraordinarily meaningful, hands-on way for individuals and religious communities to help the homeless. Our congregation has been hosting families for years and we see it as one of the most direct ways that we effect social justice. Our congregants act as hosts and welcome the families to their accommodations in our building, a task some have performed for years. Our involvement connects us to other religious communities in our Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood in a beautiful exercise of interfaith cooperation. NPIHN has enriched the spiritual life of our congregation as much as it has helped the families being hosted.

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As President, I have seen the community building work of NPHIN at our synagogue and have seen how our involvement has become of our sense of who we are.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage similar operations in other parts of the city

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have volunteered as an evening host with NPIHN for the past several years and feel proud to be a part of a faith community housing guests. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community and I feel that I am DIRECTLY helping people who are in a difficult situation. I've really enjoyed meeting with the guest families, helping kids with their homework and just listening to those who wish to tell their story. I truly hope the guests feel the dignity with which we try to treat them during such a challenging time in their lives.

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

the faces of the guests when we sit down to a relaxed meal together.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to provide computer access for guests in the evenings

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have been involved with NPIHN and Rachel Falcove for 5 years. These past five years have enriched me personally by knowing the good they do for the community, the generosity even in their own times of financial and physical struggle, and the warmth and welcome given at any time that surrounds this organization.
I have organized an Empty Bowl dinner at the College with whom I am affiliated and the out pouring of love that surfaces from those who have been helped by NPIHN is readily shown to those who are in any way involved with the direction of NPIHN. Rachel Falcove has a wonderful way of connecting, coordinating and combining efforts of the entire community to help those in need. This woman is a generous and self-giving person who has given so much to everyone she meets.
What i can provide for you is this as an example:
whenever a student, mostly adult students trying to get back on their feet, have come to me or have been referred to me with housing issues, counseling needs or any other kind of need for outreach, Rachel and her staff have been there with open arms. If they themselves cannot help these students they are quick with references and agencies that can help and yet they do not drop the ball their; they make sure you make contact and always call to find out how the person is doing. I know of four students in this one year alone who we have referred to NPIHN and have been helped.
The undergraduate students of this college community cannot wait to help NPIHN with whatever it needs because this is not just a charity we give to, it's an organization we believe in and with whom wehave built a relationship. Not only has our entire college community helped with the Empty Bowl dinner, including staff, faculty and students, our Kitchn Staff from Chartwell's gives of their time and service for the dinner. It's one of the most popular event on campus.
We, at this college, believe in building relationships. NPIHN has been one place that our relationship has been built because of the caring, love, compassion and generosity given toward solidatiry of a community.

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

the goodness shown to the adult students in need that I have referred to NPIHN. the camaraderie of the people helped by NPIHN and those who staff NPIHN. the willingness of an entire college community to be so committed to something so great and develop a relationship and partnership with NPIHN.

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

I would not know what to change at this point. I would hope for more money to be given to this organization because they firmly believe in solidarity with all brothers and sisters and never make anyone feel less than -- all are our human family

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

The Interfaith Hospitality Network is a great program, doing work much needed in the community. It doesn't just provide assistance but creates long lasting relationships with the families in the program. I excited to see their program expand.

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

the families who have their lives back .

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

Can't think of any changes.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network is a model organization for community involvement, and truly caring about one's fellow human beings.

The Great!

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

seeing how important it is fr the community

Ways to make it better...

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

expand its services

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

We have been involved for over 15 years. This is organization is especially good at finding things for you to do if you can do a little or a lot.
Our congregation started out thinking we could take a small part and found out we could do much more. Volunteering together energized
us.

Volunteering with NPIHN had a positive effect on my children, now college students who expect to help out and give back. Additionally, they met great people - both the staff and t hose who receive housing.

The Great!

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

Volunteering together with this group energized my congregation. Volunteering with this group expanded my children's horizons.

Ways to make it better...

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

Anything that supported the staff who keep it running so well. Keep up the supports for graduates of the program (they already do this)

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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.)

Close up interaction with working poor reminded/reinforced understanding of the lives of many workers in our contracted services at my workplace.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

challenged, appreciated

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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