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April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

One of the most worthwhile charities in existence, this emergency shelter helps homeless women who are pregnant.
Not only does Our Lady's Inn provide food & shelter for them and their children, but they also provide assistance with learning life's necessary basic skills such as employment and
money management.

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

One woman came in with five children, and although she was very intelligent, she was almost completely unable to read. OLI helped her find an adult reading program and she was eventually able to get her GED. They also help address any substance abuse issues the women may be suffering from, as well as any cases of domestic abuse.

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

None, besides give them more money!

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have been a volunteer donor to Our Lady's Inn since it began in 1981. I am amazed at the great work they do to help women and children.

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

I've seen lives changed forever because of the wonderful care they give. I'm proud to say I've been a small part in it.

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

I would love to see more people donate to Our Lady's Inn so that they can help even more women and children. The need is so great.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I am chair of our parish's pro life committee. Our Lady's Inn has always been generous to other agencies like Birthright and Good Shepherd whenever we have parish campaigns. They are a leader in cooperation with other pregnancy resource centers. I have visited their St. Louis facility and have been impressed with staff and clients. Connie Ellier, especially, is helpful, generous and caring. Thank you Our Lady's Inn for what you do for pregnant women and their children in our St. Louis community. You are a beacon for respecting and cherishing life.

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

When they came to our parish to share their mission at our Masses and when I came to their facility to tour it and also to pick up some diapers and other items for newborns to take to Good Shepherd.

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

None.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

Working for a referral agency to Our Lady's Inn I can tell you that they are terrific to work with. Staff is professional and responsive, home is well managed, and clients that have been referred have been treated fairly and compassionately. There is a standard of operation that far exceeds any maternity home in our area. Our Lady's Inn can recgonizes a true emergency and acts promptly and efficiently. It is always the first place I call when maternity shelter is needed.

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

placement of many pregnant women with no where else to go. I also have continued to work with them during their residence at Our Lady's Inn.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone it. They do everything right.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Professionally managed with love and compassion shared with residents

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 11, 2010

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January 11, 2010

I have been volunteering at OLI in Defiance since last spring. I am so impressed with the staff. They are so attentive and caring to the ladies and their children. I absolutely love helping out, whether it's making jewelry or cards with the ladies, helping with fund raisers, fixing lunch or cleaning up in the kitchen, or doing office work. The lady in charge of volunteers at OLI in Defiance is such a delight. She always has a smile and a kind word. Everyone just loves her...including me. Thanks OLI for giving me the opportunity to help at this great place.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone that I've met, whether they are staff or volunteers, truly have a heart for helping the ladies and their children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand, do repairs, hire more staff, purchase vans

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 17, 2009

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December 17, 2009

I am amazed by the work this organization does for women in need. I was introduced to the Inn by a friend who had been doing volunteer work with them. One tour of the home in Defiance and I was hooked. I have met many of the women who are living at the Inn and I am amazed at their strength and courage. I have been speaking on behalf of the group at their Lunch and Learn presentations and last month a resident named Amber spoke to the group and literally brought almost all 80 attendees to tears! To hear her talk about how Our Lady's Inn literally gave her the strength to get out of an abusive relationship and stand on her own was incredible. I continue to be moved at the selfless acts of the staff and volunteers to help these women in need, as well as their children. It is an amazing organization and I can only hope that they continue to grow and prosper.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how they have empowered women to take control of their life and their situation and strive for a better life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, compassionate, and have a true desire to help others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 10, 2009

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December 10, 2009

I'm an office volunteer at Our Lady's Inn in St. Charles. In the four months that I have been volunteering, I am completely amazed at the love, support, spiritual sharing and practical help that the staff brings to the residents. They offer selfless service with love and a sense of humor. The residents respond to them in a respectful and cooperative mode. The life skills training that is experienced by living at OLI will definitely be an asset as the residents transition to homes of their own.

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

getting to know the ladies and witnessing their progress.

Ways to make it better...

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

not know, at this point, what I would change.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the number of volunteers I've met who work at OLI as well as fund raise to make the programs available.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

spiritual, loving and understanding of the issues that arise.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a bigger home and accommodate more families.

Ways to make it better...

I would have experience in the field of social services.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. As with any other facility, there are always repairs and improvements that need to be made.

One thing I'd also say is that...

OLI is making a difference in the lives of the ladies and their child/children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 9, 2009

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December 9, 2009

From my first time as a volunteer at Our Lady's Inn I have been impressed with the warm, caring environment provided by the staff and other volunteers. As I observe and learn more about the procedures and operations of the facility, I am in awe of the dedication of the staff to equip each client with the knowledge and skills to be successful when the time comes for her to leave Our Lady's Inn.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being around other compassionate adults and seeing the results of our efforts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

Our Lady's Inn is wonderful. There staff is dedicated and will do everything to insure that the living experience for the girls is all that it can be. Thank God for Our Ladys Inn and the wonderful staff.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have more homes to serve the needs of their clients and pay there staff what they deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

I have found Our Lady's Inn to be a wonderful place to volunteer my time and talents. My 13 year old grand-daughter loves to go with me to Our Ladys Inn as well. With each visit I feel that I am needed and appreciated by the staff. I wish that I could go more often and give more of my time because I believe in the value of this organization and the love that they show to the residents and their children is tremendous.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and appreciative of the help that is provided. They truly understand the needs of the residents and the organization so that when I have time to give, they know exactly how/where I can help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand but I am not sure that the organization needs that kind of funding. I believe the staff operates very conscientiously and uses their funding wisely. Additional funds would be great and could be used to hire a full time cook, additional staff, etc

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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