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December 1, 2009

ritter Center is one of those magical organizations that spends its time, money and effort on improving the lives of the homeless and destitute. I have witnessed first hand the dedication of the workers, volunteers and board in providing such services as medical, food, clothing, housing and many other services. the executive director is forward thinking and very collaborative with the community oand other organizations. I am proud to be a contributor to Ritter Center.

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

end the housing crisis for the poor, feed those who need it, provide medical and other social services for those who need it.

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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December 1, 2009

As a former staffer I witnessed firsthand the services Ritter Center provided to the homeless and low income population. You see hope and gratitude in the eyes of both adults and children when they receive the fruits of the Center's labor. More Centers of this kind need to be in place in more counties.

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

the year I was employed I saw families getting helped and experienced their joy firsthand.

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

witnessing obstacles in implementing changes that benefited the homeless.

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

I had the pleasure of working with some awesome staff and volunteers.

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

Assist individuals like myself in more counties as Ritter Center does not have funds to diversify.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 1, 2009

The last couple of Christmases I have participated in the family gift program. I have received gifts from generous families and given gifts to needy families -- all within Ritter's great program. Every staff member and volunteer I worked with were helpful and generous and genuinely caring about their cause.

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

Christmas gift giving.

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Ways to make it better...

there were more work days available.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 1, 2009

I started volunteering with Ritter Center in 1996. I scheduled showers and laundry with the clients while spending time with them while they waited. I saw the staff as being totally devoted to their mission of providing a safety net for those in need. I was impressed by the non judgmental way that clients were served.

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

helping it become more focused on its mission by serving on the Board

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 1, 2009

There should be a Ritter Center in every town in America. If we judge are community by how we help people who are less fortunate then Ritter Center would be a shinning star on the moral compass of values. I found as an employee of Riter Center for 4 1/2 years that they not only provide excellent programs and services but they do it in a low key and respectable style that is both honest and fair. Treating people with dignity during hard times gives back dignity and begins the healing process. Finaly, the staff of Ritter Center performs this difficult work on a daily basis and gets a standing ovation from me! Please support Ritter Center!

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

Provide more financial support to people so they could get back on their feet again, i.e car repair, medical and dental help, deposit for a place to live, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have been a donor and a volunteer with Ritter Center for over 15 years. As a family, we started adopting individuals when my children were in high school. Ritter helped them learn the gift you get back when you help others. Over the years, I have participated in almost every role, including President of the Board. Ritter does everything they do with respect for the individual. They value each and every person that comes to them for help, really listening to each story, each situation. This allows them to really help each client in the way that works for them. They provide help when help is needed and our community would be lost without them.

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

helping low income and homeless individuals get the basic services and food necessary for survival.

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

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

the way they make those they help feel. Everyone walks away feeling heard and not judged. They give hope to people who are feeling hopeless, invisible and unheard.

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

caring, giving individuals who want to help those less fortunate in our community. People who do not judge someone because they are less fortunate. People who provide help when help is needed.

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

eliminate homelessness in our community; provide healthcare to the most disadvantaged and at risk within our community; supplement the food needs for low income seniors, veterans and others within our community; continue doing the work it does so well.

Ways to make it better...

there was more support from the community for those low income and homeless individuals within our county.

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

the tightening of the donor dollar. Right now more and more families and individuals are facing tough times. As a nation, we need to do the right thing.

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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I've been involved with the advisory council to the Ritter Health Center for years. I believe that those who run the organization are among the most dedicated people I've ever known. It is in many ways a model center: a place for support, specific help with many kinds of needs, a place where an unsheltered person can shower, do laundry, get mail, get basics taken care of and get a nurse to help with routine health problems besides. The unceasing work of those who are employed or who volunteer at Ritter keeps it going and getting better each year. I am very proud that our community shows such leadership in attending to those who are homeless or near homeless with efficiency and compassion.

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

Seeing the Health Center grow from a few volunteers in an informal setting to a full scale, licensed organization providing for hundreds of visits a year by needy clients who may have no other place to go for their health needs.

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

The inspiring quality of the volunteers and paid staff who work at Ritter.

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

Dedicated, committed and highly skilled people who work tirelessly to better the lives of those who patronize Ritter.

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

Buy a larger facility, hire permanent high quality staff, and serve many more of the community's homeless and near homeless.

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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December 1, 2009

I lived in Marin County for over 30 years and have always had the highest regard for Ritter Center. They help locally for those in need get back on track to get the necessities for living, medical help and provide a very valuable service to the community for low income folks as well as the less fortunate homeless. Ritter house wastes no money and is on a tight budget and does a fantastic job of reaching out to get funding to help further their mission. I give them a AAA rating!

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

Marin County as a donor and visiting the center to see their support staff and services at work.

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

Figure out some way they could expand their fundraising capacity to serve more people.

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

The people working there as well as Board members and their committment.

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

The Best! Committed and knowing they make a difference.

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

Possibly expand to include shelter for the homeless and less fortunate to get back on their feet with training facilities and more medical services.

Ways to make it better...

I think if they had more funding, they would be able to do more to get the homeless better served.

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

Funding.

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

These folks deserve a real pat on the back from the staff work and volunteer to the entire Board. They have done a marvelous job with very little funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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