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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

As a long time donor and volunteer, the Mission is very close to my heart. I have a family member that could benefit from the Mission, but unfortunately, he is not in the area. I admit to starting my volunteer work and financial support for selfish reasons - it simply made me feel as if I were helping my Brother. I soon came to realize the joy it brings me to work with the staff in this ministry. I have seen first hand the transformation of many of the men that have gone through the 12 month program - and will continue to support this Christian organization in any way I can.

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Feedback from the resident's in the men's program have been very rewarding. They appreciate even the slightest statement of encouragement.

Ways to make it better...

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

Not change a thing - except support the in their efforts to expand both in terms of the physical location and numbers of men, women and children they assist each day.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

I am a local area Pastor of Music & Worship and I have had several opportunities to serve at the mission. They are an have been an example of faithfulness and generosity through the years and their recovery program is well run and thorough. They have made a major impact for good not only on the men who regularly find shelter and healing from life's storms but also on the community at large with their Thanksgiving meals, Operation Sunshine runs (which distribute food to needy family within Springfield) and their program to collect school materials packed in a backpack for underprivileged children beginning their school year.

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

In their graduation services in which men who have struggled with addiction are now free and clean

Ways to make it better...

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

Volunteer my time, which others have done, to help renovate certain areas of the building. The building they are using is older and would benefit from renovation.

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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?

Life-changing

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?

More time could be spent in debriefing a group before serving in Operation Sunshine regarding details of what to expect and things to look for in the community.

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

I met several men who were involved in the program and have been able to encourage them in their journey. I was also touched by the need for basic necessities withing the Springfield area.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me fee like I had made a difference in people's lives who really needed it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I have been volunteering for two years serving dinner once a week at the Springfield Rescue Mission. This Mission has a staff, especially Mr. Willoughby, that clearly cares about all the residents in every way. Their goal is to assist the residents with finding jobs and being prosperous and contributing members of society. The wonderful work this Mission does for the community is also amazing. I have also gone on Operation Sunshine trips where the Mission serves lunch to the homeless and hungry people on Springfield Streets I recommend the Springfield Rescue Mission without any hesitation,

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

Watching men graduate from the program and going on to lead respective contributing lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

None.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I have been blessed to be able to serve and assist with meal preparation at the Springfield Rescue Mission. Everyone I have met involved with this program has been kind and grateful. I learn so much every time I go and I am sure I am enriched far beyond my small assistance each time I leave. It is rewarding to be hands on and see the immediate results of my efforts. I have also been fortunate to help a few instances with their Operation Sonshine. My connections to the people have taught me much and I grow in understanding I hope with each visit. The Rescue Mission is quite the busy place with much to do and many hands make the activities fly by with lots of smiles.
I might chop,peal, wash,serve , or whatever needs to be done. None of it is hard and all of it brings me joy.

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I have seen needy people being feed and residents being offered educational improvements and guidance.

Ways to make it better...

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

I think a sitting room for the residents would be a nice place for them to gather.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I am a volunteer at the Springfield Rescue Mission and work the phones for the Meals for the Homeless every year at Thanksgiving. It is a very rewarding experience knowing you are helping people in need. I also donate money, clothing, toiletries on a regular basis, as well as my family. I have been to their Open House and heard testimonials of how the Rescue Mission has helped people get back on track with their lives.
The entire staff their are loving and devoted people and it is a pleasure to work along side them whenever I have the opportunity. We are very lucky to have this organization in our community, and I am thankful for all that they do.

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Also helped collect supplies for the backpacks for back to school children who could not afford backpacks & supplies and I work with a dentist who donates toothbrushes and small toothpastes for the hope totes. I have organized Hope Tote collections at work as well.

Ways to make it better...

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

I cannot think of any changes - it runs a very smooth operation.

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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?

Life-changing

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?

Nothing I can think of - perfect as is!

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

Rewarding and meeting new people that share the same cause.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very proud of myself for donating my time to such a good cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

My life was changed by volunteering at the Springfield Rescue Mission. I am a practicing physician in our area and helped out with medical visits there. In reality, my best experiences were volunteering in the kitchen, with groups of teens from my church.
I was able to see and hear first-hand
the impact this wonderful group of people and the grace of God made in the lives of the homeless and addicted.
One person at a time, lives are being rescued from hopelessness, and doors are being opened to faith and a new walk in life for the thousands of people who pass through the doors of this humble facility---residents, guests, and volunteers alike.

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

I have a new appreciation for the struggles of the homeless and those who are working to help them.

Ways to make it better...

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

They need a much bigger pool of major donors to fund their work.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I am a youth pastor in town and have brought my youth on numerous occassions to volunteer with this organization. We have had a full tour of their facility and met with the man in charge. He is clearly a man of God with a heart for changing mens lives. I have been extremely impressed with what they do. Working in the kitchen with a man who went through the program himself I saw firsthand how a drug adicted homeless person got back on his feet and is now making a difference in the world.

Every year we help them pack hundreds of back packs for underprivilaged children and we also help feed the hungry with them on occasion. This is a ministry that I enjoy helping and supporting because they are doing so much good in the name of Jesus.

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

Volunteering there and seeing the difference they are making in mens lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Springfiled Rescue Mission is Awesome.
They are involved in a number of causes Throughout the year
Men's Program for rehabiltitating the lives
Homeless Outreaches
Operation SonShine
Homeless Shelter
Daily Breakfast for the Homeless
Christmas and Thanksgiving
Dinner for the Hungry
Collections of toiletries
Collections of underwear
Free Clothing store to all in need
Backpacks for the needy children for scheoll fill with school supplies
Emergnecy Food Donations those in need

It is simply the best palce to go for those in need in Westrn Massachussetts!


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

Opration Sonshine - Where we go out to the streets with a van full of food and seek out the homeless and feed and pray for them. It is a humbining experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

See if we could somehow get the government to help fund. But, in that it is a Christain organization the government won't fund

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