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December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

TCCVM provides a basic communication tool to enable individuals to help themselves. The statewide service area involving 100's of local community agencies and serving over 50,000 people since its inception is operated by fewer than 4 FTE staff! Beyond the basic service TCCVM also sponsors several outreach activities important to the health and welfare of its constituency. I'm proud to be a supporter. Keep up the good work!

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

their outreach events specifically: Stand Downs that help veternas/homeless veterans and their families; Project Homeless Connects in both Minneapolis and St Paul.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a fundation or donor to donate money for their day to day operantions including staff.

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

being able to help those who need voice mail the most.

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

current and former users of voicemail, staff and board of directors. Sometimess their friends and family would also volunteer.

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

bridge the technological gap. Meaning provide not just cellphones but laptops to help those who are low income and homeless receive messages and e-mails from potential employors. Soemthing most of us take for granted.

Ways to make it better...

no changes. They're very organized and are usually one of the last if not last agency to leave the events.

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

lack of funding for day to day operations including staff.

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

they are unique and forward thinking. They are always thinking of how new technolgy can also benefit those who need it the most and either have limited access to it or no access at all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 21, 2009

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December 21, 2009

This is a terrific organization that is providing a simple, but much needed service to the members of our community most in need.

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

hearing the stories of those whose lives have improved as a direct result of this service.

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 total commitment of all of the staff and volunteers.

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

provide cell phones to all those in need and at risk for homelessness, unemployment, and safe living.

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers and more money to cover all of the need.

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

staying funded in tight economic times - like all other very critical services.

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

this organization is run well on a very small budget - the impact is really significant.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

When TCCVM served its 1st client in 1994, the expectation was that it would enroll 20 community agencies and programs to link low-income individuals and familiesto the voice mail service. Organizers hoped to help 500 users communicate with prospective landlords and employers, that year. Those goals were met in just 5 months, indicating how needed this basic service was. The numbers, and the positive outcomes, have continued to grow. In 15 years, TCCVM's no-fee approach has made communications accessible and linked folks to services statewide. It was demonstrated that partnerships between agencies and clients can help clients achieve their goals.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

I am an RN CAse Manager working telephonically with patients across all walks of live, including homeless men, woman and children. The voicemail services provided by Twin Cities Community Voice Mail is a crucial service to bring case management nursing care to the homeless population. An RN Case Manager provides advocacy, self-care education, coordination among health care providers, therapeutic support and contact for community resources. I would say confidential voicemail is my primary contact for reaching the homeless population that are insured by Medicaid and General Medical Assistance.

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

case management nursing patients who do have voicemail services via TCCVM.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them recognition for what they achieve with the resources they have.

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

An opportunity to attend all day programs to provide needed services to homeless men, women and children, i.e. dental care, hair cuts, voicemail.

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

committed employees and boardmembers who work hard and creatively to keep the voicemail services available to users.

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

attend to the mental health illness and chemical dependency that most homeless people experience.

Ways to make it better...

there were more phones that the homeless population could access. Public pay phones have been all but eliminated.

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

Challenges brought by the disappearing public phones brings an opportunity on how to deliver cellphones to homeless populations.

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

I've said enough.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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