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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

NPIHN is a phenomenally successful faith based shelter program for homeless families. Operated out of churches and synagogues and relying heavily on volunteers, this organization has ushered many families through the maze of social services and educational barriers to permanent self-sufficiency. Families move from church to church during and average stay of six months. They are provided with counseling, classes in financial management, a savings match program, assistance finding jobs, finding transitional housing programs, finding permanent housing, help with school uniforms and supplies, and new community connections. Graduates of the program come back to help others once they are on their feet, and they refer people. What greater endorsement can a program have?

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

My church and community. It has offered me the opportunity to share my good fortune and to educate others regarding the true nature of homelessness - that it affects sober-minded hard working family women, men and children,

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

As a Board Member I am actively involved in making changes to improve the organization. Current changes moving toward implementation are a change in Membership representation and expansion into Northeast Philadelphia.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

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.

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

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

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

None

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

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.

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

seeing great programming for children.

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

n/a

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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

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

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!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide additional support with seeking funding.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

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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

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 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.

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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 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!

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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.

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