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February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

NPIHN connected me with volunteers and supporters in my own and other faith communities as well as with the families in the program. The organization not only provides housing and other supports for those in need, but it also builds bridges amongst individuals who would otherwise never meet, nurturing a greater sense of American diversity.

Most of the volunteer opportunities are tightly constructed, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule, providing different types of familiar or new experiences, and preventing burn out. Those inclined to be more deeply involved can find numerous ways to participate in a leadership role. Engaging in this organization is both a giving and a rewarding experience.

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

See above.

Ways to make it better...

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

Work to replicate it in other communities and find additional funding.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

This is one of the most humane nonprofits I know of. NPIHN connects people that most likely would never meet and helps them see each other's humanity. NPIHN helps homeless families in a caring and constructive way. I am proud to be involved in such a needed and effective organization

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

witnessing persons learn needed skills

Ways to make it better...

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

Copy it other places.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

This is the one non-profit I ALWAYS make time for. Between family, work, school and church, there is always something grabbing at your time. This is one of the few volunteer committments I truly enjoy and look forward to eagerly. I've gained much more in personal rewards than what I've given. My volunteer experiences have included cooking, donations of household goods, some legal work, and even dropping off Christmas presents.

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

I don't understand this question.

Ways to make it better...

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

wave a magic wand and give reliable, adequate funding.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None that I can think of.

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

I've met incredible women who have faced more challenges in their lifetimes than I hope never to face.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I feel really good about the program services provided to families. The approach is innovative and successful in helping families get on their feet and stay out of homelessness. Several of the families enrolled in the financial literacy program learned to save and have purchased homes.

The Great!

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

I have witnessed the positive results via family interaction.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask everyone I know to make donations or provide some type of assistance.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

My husband & I would have been out on the street & living in our car if it had not been for NPIHN. I had a job, my husband did not. My salary alone was not enough to keep a roof over our heads and pay the other bills that go along with having a roof over our head. Staying with them allowed me to pay off many bills and save money to have a down payment on getting an apartment. As well as helping my husband get a job.

The shelters were Churches & Temples; a much safer place than the streets. The help & kindness was so comforting that we have made friends with different people from these sacred places. We just would not have made it through without them.

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

As I stated in the review; we were taken in so that we would not be on the streets. We had no where to go. They saved our lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with more money so that they would have more staff to help with the everyday duties. Keeping track of families is very demanding and really needed. It would be nice if there was a counselor with the families every night when families are in the shelters. Sometimes, waiting until morning to speak with someone is depressing; especially when the day has been very stressful.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Whenever it is our church's turn to host the NPIHN guests, there is an exciting bustle of sign ups and plans, information sharing and questions about who is coming and what they will need.
Then they arrive and the church is a hive of action, getting people settled, accommodating special
needs.
It is a good feeling to have them among us; they give us a small but real chance to live our faith, share our well-being and learn from people we have not met before. Our guests have repeatedly said they like the churches because they feel safe, and above all feel their children are safe while they live there.
Of course I wish they did not have to live from church to church, but had places of their own, but while they are with us they are a blessing to the whole church, and particularly to the congregants who eat, live, and wash dishes together with them. I thank them for their patience with us as we learn together.

The Great!

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

Northwest Philadelphia? Actually I don't really understand this question.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage whoever is a guest to attend church/synagogue services if they are willing , just so more people could meet them and understand the program better.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I have been connected as a volunteer with NPIHN for four years. Firstly, I chaperoned guests who were homeless and stayed at our synagogue for two weeks at a time. The, through the Director of NPIHN, i began mentoring a young woman who was moving into a small row house and wanted someone to advise her on decorating and meal preparation. She has a three year old son, and it has been a pleasure to work with her and NPHIN to help her settle in.

We have developed a very close relationship. I have been guided by NPIHN staff in how to deal with her and in helping her connect to resources in the organization and the community. Her life wouldn't be the same without the assistance and guidance of the staff of this excellent organization.

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

seeing how the organization helps sustain a program participant in the community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give a lot more money so they can hire more staff.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Besides serving a crucial need in our community of housing homeless families, NPIHN offers an invaluable service to its volunteers. Through serving homeless families in a variety of ways, volunteers of all ages and religions are afforded the opportunity of putting a face on the phenomenon of homelessness. Volunteers see that "homeless" people are exactly like anyone else and deserve a decent place to live and assistance raising their family. Clients and volunteers can get to know each other a little bit and thus increase the chances of decreasing homelessness. Also, the executive director of this organization is one of the smartest people I know!

The Great!

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

seeing many people find housing and other critical services through NPIHN

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more money so it can grow.

More feedback...

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I know the founder Russ Hill is proud that NPIHN has become a caring, professional network of congregations working with famlies that have found themselves on the street. The NPIHN board want to expand our network of caring, provide more affordable housing and work to end homelessness. Join us!

The Great!

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

Familes moving out of homelessness.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone our director.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Since its founding in 1991, NPIHN has sheltered, encouraged, cared for and placed in their own homes, 275 families representing over 700 individuals. Of these about 92% have stayed in their homes. We do not separate family members which means that both parents, infants and teenage children are kept together. Because NPIHN requires adults to finish their education, and helps them to make good grades and encourages them to get further training and education, several have gone on to get college degrees and most of the adults have far better jobs than they thought they would ever have. This has not only helped them keep homes, but it has improved their self image and helped guide their children to aspire to better educations and jobs thus breaking the cycle of despair and homelessness. Many of our former clients have returned to volunteer and we have actually hired two of them from time to time.

As one of our clients said, "This is a shelter that is not like a shelter." We depend on volunteers from 12 to 15 various religious congregations and in any year that means there are about 1000 volunteers working with 10 to 16 families at a time. Our volunteers are trained to listen and not pry and to care lovingly and not judge. The congregations they represent are active supporters in many ways and their neighborhoods, friends and relatives learn from them to be understanding and concerned enough to make a difference.

NPIHN shelters, encourages, empowers and provides specific training in family, child and maternal health and in financial management. For these programs we use professional leaders who frequently become volunteers.

I am proud to be associated with this organization as a board member, overnight host, provider of transportation and meals and
mentor.

The Great!

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

my work as a volunteer for 10 years and as a board member for seven years.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them get involved in rehabing homes for the clients and/or providing our own transitional housing apartments. The available housing pool in Philadelphia is not good and it is hard to place families who are ready and to help new families.

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