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November 30, 2012

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November 21, 2010

I am involved with IHELP through TCAA. I am one of the core team members at my church coordinating the hosting and facilitating of IHELP guests on our campus by providing shelter, a meal, fellowship,... more

November 30, 2012

I have been working with IHELP, an outreach to the homeless in Tempe Arizona, for over 4 years. TCAA oversees this wonderful organization and reaches out to the poorest of the poor in our community providing valuable resources to get and keep people off the streets.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 21, 2010

I am involved with IHELP through TCAA. I am one of the core team members at my church coordinating the hosting and facilitating of IHELP guests on our campus by providing shelter, a meal, fellowship, community and a lunch for the next day. This has been an incredible experience for the membership of our church and it has all been made possible because of the management, direction and coordination of TCAA. They are visionary, selfless, hard-working and dedicated to making life easier and helping those who struggle find their way back onto their feet.

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I love to see what happens with our volunteers when they come and serve then sit down to eat with our guests. They hear their stories, share their lives. They bring their children and their lives are impacted.

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

Have more access to grant writers to increase their funding and exposure. What they do is having an incredible impact on our community (consider the homeless man in Tempe who found and returned the laptop and $3300 - he is from IHELP). I'd love to see more opportunities for volunteer staff to possibly hire and train more of our guests

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

As a volunteer that has served dinner at the IHelp program, I've observed how appreciative the guests are and that all the volunteers and TCAA employees care about the guests that are served, while having fun at the same time. The IHelp program should be copied in other cities. The guests help set up tables, clean up, pray and are so thankful.

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

serving the homeless

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

I don't know, they are so wonderful

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

TCAA is the parent organization for Tempe IHELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program. Bethany Community Church is one of the partners and host sites. We also provide meals on some of the hostings. As a Christian, I believe this is what God expects us to do. As a Tempe taxpayer, I also like the program. Great program, with great results.

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

I have had an opportunity to get to know many of the program participants. They are extremely thankful for the program and how it allows them to help put their lives together. Without it, they would be out on the street somewhere with no hope.

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

None

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I have worked in the I-Help program for over 2 years and have seen peoples life change. I personaly know 5 people that have been through the program and are now off the street, have there own place and a job. I have been very fortunant to witness these tranformations and I am in contact with most of these people today. This propgram works because it allows us to build relationships with I-Help client and establish a network of people who care about the them, and an avenue for those clients who want to change and get back into society.

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

See above

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

Try to get empolyers and business learders involved

November 20, 2010

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November 20, 2010

I organize and participate in one meal per month for the I-HELP program. I am impressed with TCAA's organization and supervision of the guests/clients whom we feed. Guests are polite and respectful, and they frequently offer to help with bringing in the food from our cars. We who serve the food also sit and eat with the guests. In doing so, we learn something about those we serve--some of their problems, their paths in life, and the goals they seek. The guests are very grateful for our meals and thank us for providing them. On the day that monitor Dave Talley found the cash-laden knapsack, he told my husband about the difficult decision he had had to make. We were delighted to read about it the paper this week! I must feel that TCAA is influencing the very positive behavior we continue to see.

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TCAA's level of organization is what makes I-HELP work. Sam Sumner, the supervisor, does things on time, and he explains the rules very carefully to the guests. The monitors function well and do a great job of supervising clean-up at the end of the overnight visit. When we pick up bedding, the main room and kitchen are always clean and ready to be used by others. I am impressed with the success of TCAA in helping clients to find work and housing and to move out of the program.

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I wish that I-HELP could be expanded to include more homeless persons, but I recognize that TCAA has wanted to maintain the current level at workable numbers. It would take more churches and volunteers to expand the program according to the present model. My church, for example, is small and would be unable to serve a meal on a second night per month.

November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

Urban Outreach is an organization of the First United Methodist Church. I am a volunteer in their Potter House evening coffee house which is held 3 nights per week. We provide services to the homeless, including coffee, a place to rest and to get out of the elements, clothing and hygiene supplies and a place to feel welcome and safe.

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

I see people receive much needed clothing and hygiene supplies, and in the cooler months, blankets. I see people get to eat the only meal they have had that day, and an opportunity to get out of 105 degree weather. I have also seen people, through another branch of Urban Outreach, help people to get transitional housing. These individuals have gotten the support they need to begin getting jobs, and make progress toward independence.

Ways to make it better...

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

Remodel the Potter House to make it larger and accommodate more individuals.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

This organization has helped me to understand the needs of the homeless and the tremendous work many of the local organizations do each week.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Proud to be involved with this organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

The standards and rules are never met, just last week, almost half of the guest were clearly under the influence of some street drug,complaints are never looked over. I have been there for three years, and there are the same people in the program, Timelines are not even close to being met.There needs to be a push for people to better there lives, and there is no push.This program does not help, it enables people to stay Homeless !, There is no need for a person to be in the program for longer than six months.

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

I was in the i-help program, and when i got my life in order, i wanted to give back, Three years ago

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I love this program, but changes need to be made, The guy who's in charge "sam", needs to go,and the people who are chronic, need to be told to go some where else, Three years is way to long, the city is just throwing away money. The major change would be the timeline six months and that is it!, and you need to be productive during your stay.

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

I help does not care about if they are helping a homeless individual or not, they simply care about the numbers and their money. I wish I could say that ihelp has helped so many homeless people get back on their feet but instead I have seen people sit around at in the ihelp program for years. None of the people in ihelp have any expectations and they are not held to any standards. They could sit in the ASU library all day and sleep and we would still give them food and shelter for 3 years. Ihelp needs to incorporate rules and standards so that the people who are in need can find the help they need to better their lives.

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There have been no results that I have personally seen.

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

I would change the person in charge and the rules of the program. Ihelp is not trying to be CASS by any means but they do need to put standards in place and hold the people using the services to a certain level of accountability.

December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009

TCAA provides so much to the community. The TCAA Food Pantry gives food to families daily. In Home Delivered Meals program, we deliver 60,000 meals per year to the homebound in Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ. Great organization with small administrative staff, which means your donations go directly to the programs! They are eligible for the working poor tax credit in AZ.

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

the great volunteers and staff who I work with.

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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