Ritter Center

Rating: 4.86 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 3517 San Rafael CA 94912 USA

Mission: Ritter Center''s mission is to be a strategic leader partnering with individuals, families, and community to foster self-sufficiency for low-income families and individuals and to end homelessness in Marin County.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000
Geographic areas served: Marin County, CA
Programs: Ritter Center assists more than 4,000 individuals each year with shower and laundry facilities, a food pantry, lockers, restrooms, clothing, primary medical care, financial assistance, private voice-mail, general mail delivery, crisis counseling, and referrals to shelters and other agencies. All services are provided free of charge.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-2675517
415-457-8182
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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out as a Donor, became a Volunteer and then a Client served!

The experience of all three is rewarding on all levels personal and spiritual.
Never did Ritter House waiver on any level with compassion and understanding.

It has been 23 yrs since I walked through their doors, and it was just like walking into their hearts with open arms.

The Ritter House does amazing things for our community!

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?

Life-changing

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?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Started out as a volunteer to help my sister, who is the clinic coordinator, open the clinic an extra day. Fell in love with it. The people I work with care so much, and the clients are so appreciative. What this clinic does with so little is really amazing. I come home after working, humbled to have worked with such amazing people, and grateful for everything that I have.

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

The clients. People with insurance take for granted what a simple check-up means to them. Our clients take nothing for granted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I have worked with the Ritter Center with volunteering for Family to Family, Chairing for Auction items for Art with a Heart and yearly Fundraisers. The Ritter has been a great resource for Marin, centrally located, always generous to those in need of their services. I am proud to be a part of such a well run organization. I can remember the faces of people that recieved Turkeys on Thanksgiving, gifts for their family on Christmas, school supplies for their kids at back to school. Ritter helps people when they need it the most. When people need just a helping hand to get them through a bad financial time in their life. It is a place that provides hope in a time of desperation.

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

seeing others use the resources available.

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

it gives hope to those in desperate situations and helps them rise above by providing a security blanket.

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

full of kindness and patience.

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

Wow - it could provide unlimited resources to those in need!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at Ritter Center for many years. The dedication and caring of the staff and the volunteers is unparalleled. They provide an amazing safety net for homeless and low income families and individuals by offing a wide variety of services - including counseling and medical care. They also have programs like backpacks and supplies for children going back to school, holiday gift giving, holiday dinner for clients, vouchers for clients to get free clothing at Goodwill, food giveaways.

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

Seeing the faces of children receiving a new bike or a new toy for the holidays. Being part of the warmth and love at the annual holiday dinner.

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

Committed and caring.

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

Expand its services and be secure in the knowledge that more people could be helped.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Christmas gift giving.

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

Ways to make it better...

there were more work days available.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2008-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2009-11-01

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