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June 20, 2009

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June 20, 2009

A wonderful group with an important mission! One day waking up & realizing your spouse is gay & in denial, is no walk in the park. The folks that are at SSN know this, since they have all been there. They offer Face to Face Meeting for folks around the world & I found them all very helpful during a very difficult time. I was & in some ways still am a "client served," but now am happy to volunteer my time to help.

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the difference it makes in the lives of the folks it serves. All QUITE wonderful & amazing.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it a "membership" org for those that have been involved for 1 year plus. Pay dues, have a vote. Also, a free pass of course for the few that couldn't pay dues.

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

playing a part in the lives of those who came after...helping as I was helped.

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

all very helpful.

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

Help members with finances through grant applications, get the word out on a bigger level, hire more folks to run it all, reach more lives!

Ways to make it better...

I had gotten there sooner!

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

Fun raising. For whatever reason, we are an unsympathic lot to corp. america

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

The Straight Spouse Network helped me to reclaim my true self. Having been married to a man who forced celibacy on me with no explanation that made sense, over time, my self esteem was destroyed. I had no faith in my own judgement and my spirit was broken. I didn't care if I lived or died. By bringing me together with others who completely understood me and what I was dealing with, I truly believe the Straight Spouse Network saved my life. I learned how to deal with "pretzel logic". I learned how to help myself while still supporting my gay spouse's need finally to be genuine. SSN is the ONLY organization that does this very important work. While the gay spouses is supported and congratulated for finally coming out, the Straight Spouse is left with realizing that their whole life as they knew it just turned up-side-down and it seems that nobody really cares. SSN cares. SSN helps these straight spouses to resolve coming out issues in a constructive way for not only the straight spouse, but the gay spouse and children and they do it with compassion and respect. It is truly a life-line for many.

The Great!

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

observing the transformation of countless new members from despair to wholeness and happiness.

Ways to make it better...

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 friends I've made, but also the education I have received about gay issues. I am now an advocate for gay rights.

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

non-judgemental and compassionate.

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

take every opportunity to let people know we are here. We need to expand our visibility so that those who need us can find us.

Ways to make it better...

I had found the Straight Spouse Network sooner than I did.

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

lack of funding to increase our capacity for outreach.

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

the Straight Spouse Network saves lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

When my husband of 15 years came out as gay in 2004, I was shocked and devastated. I didn't know where to turn. After 2 months of not eating and hardly sleeping, my (then) husband searched for support for me. He found the Straight Spouse Network for me. I was concerned that the group might be anti-gay, but I was pleased to find that it is not. The support I have received has been life altering. It was such a comfort to hear from people who had been through similar situations, and it has been helpful for me to give back too. I don't know what I would have done without SSN, and I'm so thankful that the organization was there at my darkest hour.

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

many ways, helping people around the world.

Ways to make it better...

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...

Helping others the way I was once helped

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

intelligent, kind, compassionate, and supportive.

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

Hire the staff needed to help the people in need and assist even more with legislation and education for LGBTZ rights

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about SSN and had an easier time finding them.

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

finding ways to let people know SSN exists and they're here to help, funding

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

There is no way I would have survived the lengthy aftermath of my divorce from a seriously disturbed closeted homosexual misogynist without the help and affirmation of the straight spouse network. In order to remain in the closet, my ex husband had to discredit me, because I knew. Our divorce was expensive, it took two years, and he dragged out the custody disputes for two more years, ending only when he lost at the appellate level. He wanted to be in control and "allow" me to be with the children - in other words remain his cover. I met so many wonderful men who affirmed my perceptions of what a family man truly is. I met other women who like me will never hear the words "honey I'm Gay" - but rather "you are a crazy liar who is making this all up". I realized that I was not alone, and that the denial of my liberal friends and church was a rebuke of me - and an embrace of the lie I refused to live and subject my children to. Because of the affirmation of these folks, and the TONS of factual information, I was able to survive this long ordeal (married 15 years, joint custody of our boys for 10 years after that)and now claim my own life. I am happy to help others know that they are not alone, we get it, we understand, and there are many different resolutions to this dilemma

The Great!

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

my own life and the lives of others, including my children.

Ways to make it better...

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

Shout out loud about how important it is to recognize the straight spouse as a PERSON, not just "collateral damage". (Did you know that in recent times, people who are "collateral damage" are usually dead?) LET'S SAVE MORE LIVES!!!

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

Making new friends and gaining greater understanding and wisdom about mixed orientation marriages and survival.

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

all knowledgeable, compassionate, responsive, superb.

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

REACH EVERYONE WHO NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

Ways to make it better...

if what? no negatives here.

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

Publicity, growth, funding to do this important work. There's a lot of resistance to this positive and honest message.

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

I am alive today because of the straight spouse network.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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