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May 7, 2010

The Women's Center and it's director, Kim Cumming, set a standard for me. I spent a year working as an intern therapist while in graduate school. During that time, I learned not only the skills to become a good therapist, but also gained an image of the ideal. The Women's Center is the kind of organization that allows interns, clients and staff to feel empowered, respected and important. As my supervisor, Kim taught me how to empower people to change their own lives. I learned that this allows for lasting change, rather than the impulse to provide for or

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

the clients I worked with and in the inspiration I felt through my involvement.

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

create a larger staff- money dependent- to allow the management to be spread amongst more people, allowing for less burn out amongst the few working so hard.

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

it's attempts to always change and grow with the current needs, rather than staying stuck in a model that once worked.

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

inspiring- the environment allowed us to feel safe learning from one another- a rare experience in true group supervision.

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

As I was saying, it would soar. More full-time staff, ability to serve more clients sooner, a scholarship fund available to support other important and collaborating services in the community as well as individual community member needs and ideas.

Ways to make it better...

I could have found a similar experience in the work world after leaving the Women's Center.

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

financial- perhaps this has changed since I was last involved, but this organization could soar with adequate funds.

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

I love the Women's Center...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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The people that work at the woman's center are friendly, helpful and supportive. They welcome you with open arms and appreciate anything that you can do for them. When I helped them move to there new home they were open to everyone's ideas and opinions. They just wanted there new home to be the best that it could be. Not only have a been a volunteer but I was a client as well. It was a honor to show them how much they helped me by giving back to them.

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

my personal life. I sought them out for counseling and then was able to show my appreciation by giving back to a great organization.

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

watching women improve there lives.

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

Diverse, caring, friendly, outgoing, helpful.

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

change the lives of millions of women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 7, 2010

An amazing group of professionals who provide much needed service and support to the women of SE Michigan. It is a critical resource for our community.

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

getting to know the people who work at the Women's Center and who volunteer on their board.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 7, 2010

My experience at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) has been, and continues to be, excellent. My initial contact with this organization was as a Generalist Social Work Intern. Following my internship committment, I have remained involved as a volunteer. The Women's Center provides a warm and supportive atmosphere in which student interns are nurtured and their knowledge is expanded. Creativity and individual expression are encouraged, and positive modeling and interactions with staff are every day experiences. Volunteers are appreciated, and offered the opportunity for continuing meaningful experiences with TWC.

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

personal and professional growth.

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

help MANY more women, children and their families!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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On many days, the distinction between client and staff was not clear- all were treated with a level of courtesy and respect that is rare in mental health settings.

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

many ways. It has made me a stronger professional and a stronger community member.

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

the opportunity to learn in a welcoming, non threatening environment.

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

wonderful.

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

solidify its model and help train others to create similar clinics both at home and abroad.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Working for the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan was one of the most positive emotional and education experiences I was fortunate to have as a young adult. The supervisors at this Center encourage full participation, and cohesiveness amongst all staff members. Real world instruction is provided to the developing therapists, to assist them in becoming skilled professionals in the counseling and non-profit field. Group supervision is provided on a weekly basis, where interns and supervisors alike are able to contribute their unique ideas and/or challenges regarding specific cases, and receive constructive feedback. And last, but certainly not least, all staff members are provided with a plethora of emotional support, allowing them to be the most available and engaged counselors for their clients as possible. The Women's Center is chock full of men and women who truly want to provide emotional and practical economic services to the people of their community, especially those who could not afford such services without the help of sliding scale fees. The staff and interns at this agency are carefully selected to ensure that services rendered to clients are of the highest caliber possible. I was fortunate to begin my professional career with this agency. Thanks

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

their welcoming, accepting, and supportive attitude towards all client and staff.

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

provide ample emotional, economic,and educational services to the underserved populations in their local area and abroad. Any donation given to this agency would be used honorably, in the hopes of bettering the lives of those they served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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May 7, 2010

The Women’s Center is a place that has been home to me for the last six weeks. During that time the staff, fellow interns and volunteers have been supportive, positive and determined to service the community in the best possible way. The people there are open, honest and hard working. I cannot think of a better place to be an intern or for a client to be helped using a totally holistic approach. We care about the emotional, mental and physical well being of everyone who comes through the door or contacts us in any way. The Women’s Center is generous with their time and limited resources. I feel blessed that I am a part of this wonderful team.

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

that I have the freedom to counsel clients no matter what their income. I do not have to turn clients away if they cannot pay.

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

always positive, supportive and friendly - - a wonderful team of professionals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 7, 2010

I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment deepened the more that I learned about it and the work it does in our community. TWC helps women and families through affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Its doors are open to individuals who want to change their lives emotionally, professionally, and financially. Although its work is primarily by and for women, we also welcome men and boys. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs. I'm also impressed with its ability to help women in a way that develops life skills inherent to thriving families.

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

my role as a volunteer on its marketing committee and, recently, as a board member.

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

make it easier to collaborate, perhaps using tools like Google Docs. If there was an easier way to share successes and challenges, it would help to keep everyone's eye on the ball.

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

the accountability. When people say they'll do something, they do it. That's a huge change from other non-profits I've worked with in the past. I've also enjoyed the strong connection between board, staff & volunteers.

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

Social workers, volunteers for professional programs (legal and tax help, for instance) and others who provided services to clients. They were universally kind and supportive of TWC's goals.

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

help more women and families in our community. Currently, there are nearly 100 people on the waiting list, but because of budget, TWC can only help so many at once.

Ways to make it better...

we weren't starting from scratch. But, the organization hadn't had a marketing committee before the initial group that I joined was formed.

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

A tough economy and more community needs than time or budget will allow it to meet.

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

TWC fills a really important need in the community. No other organization helps with the nuts and bolts of women's well-being -- like affordable counseling & skills like tax & legal services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 7, 2010

I am working toward my MSW degree at the University of Michigan. The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan has been a great place to learn how to do therapy. It is an incredibly supportive environment, and everyone who works there works incredibly hard to serve TWC's clients well. It's one of the only places in the area people can get counseling on a *true* sliding scale (many people are priced out of sliding scales that bottom out at $40). TWC continually gets clients calling for counseling because our reputation within the professional community grows; other social workers I know smile when I say I work for TWC and tell me that many of their clients they've referred to TWC were greatly helped. It's a truly amazing place.

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

the supportive caring environment.

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

kind and generous people who work hard.

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

make women more powerful, thereby creating a stronger community, stronger families, and healthier kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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