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December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

I am a volunteer with "Voices for Change", a grass roots advocacy to address issues of homelessness. Twin-Cities-Community-Voice-Mail (TCCVM) has undeniably filled a very important need to help the homeless/ those in transition/ and low income persons keep in touch with needed services, such as MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. Staying in touch with work opportunities, family, social workers is a big challenge for the homelessness who are struggling with pennies to even make phone calls. Besides providing voicemail, TCCVM has been instrumental in partnering with agencies that address needs for of the homeless. They are continuously looking for ways to bring the homeless and agencies together. TCCVM has been the voice of partnership. TCCVM is very innovative and a motiviating force for other agencies (state, county, and non-profit). It is not a surprise that agencies seek input from TCCVM. I have been a user of "Voicemail". I am happy to work with any of TCCVM's outreach programs.

The Great!

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

getting assistance for myself with the use "voicemail". Without it, I would have had even more difficulty with communication with the "real world" for keeping up with medical appointments, seeking opportunities for work, and transitioning to "normal" life

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the number of staff needed to provide outreach and liase with other agencies

More feedback...

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

that they are willing to partner with "Voices for Change", and other outreach programs. They provide a useful base for interacting other agencies that help with issues of homelessness

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

friendly, and willing to assist in whatever way possible. They are always willing to seek out and receive new ideas/ input from knowledgeable advisory committees

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

provide cell phones/telephone for the communication needs of today. This is basic utility for everyone, and particular important for those trying to get back to normal life

Ways to make it better...

I had been assisted with a cell phone (+ $$ for cost of time). Voicemail is a slow process in dealing with the pace of life nowadays. There is a need for more instantaneous response when trying to seek "temp" jobs. Jobs go to those who can respond quickly

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

STABILITY OF FUNDING.

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

TCCVM has been innovative with efforts to keep moving ahead with new projects

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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