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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

The love and guidance I received during my time at Valley Teen Ranch, gave me the chance to stop the downhill momentum I found myself in as a teenager.

Today I live a healthy life with my wife in Dana Point California. I work as a chef and pursue Mountain climbing. Without my
experience at Valley Teen Ranch, I may have fallowed my rebellion to a rock bottom that would not allow me to have such a wonderful life today.

I owe everything to you guys. Love you so very much.



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

Just about every aspect of my life, still today :)

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep the old style of House parents.

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

I volunteer with a non profit organization that raises money for the developmentally disabled. Valley Teen Ranch boys have been a huge help to us when we are setting up for our fund raisers. They are always willing to bring the boys & we are always so impressed with how courteous & responsive these boys are. The work this organization does to help put these young boys on the right track is amazing.
I now also do volunteer work for VTR & they are a delight to work for. They are always so well organized & helpful to us volunteers.
Finally, I am now becoming familiar with their fost-adopt program as my daughter & her husband are working with them to adopt a child or children of their own. The social workers have been wonderful to them & very helpful. We are so looking forward to adding to our family via the VTR fost adopt program

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

See above

Ways to make it better...

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

Can't think of any

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I am currently a foster kid to this wonderful agency. They have always beeen there when I've needed them. My social worker Ashley is the best. I'm just so glad I am with this agency. I have been a foster kid since I was three, so I've been through alot but Valley teen has always been there for me and I love them for that. THANKS! Christian Hamlin

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

Seeing how much Connie helps us foster kids.

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

That thay are always willing to help us no mater waat the circumstances.

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

Only my social worker but she is sooooooooooooo awesome!

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

Expand its ranch so that they could alot more helpless foster kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 18, 2009

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September 18, 2009

I've known of Valley Teen Ranch for about twenty years now, and for many of those years I have been involved in providing insurance protection to the organization. In that capacity, I have been privileged to get the "inside story" about this organization. The terrific news is, I can personally vouch for the fact that they WALK THEIR TALK! They do a documented outstanding job with the kids in their care. The influence of the CEO, Connie Clendenan, who has invested her life in the lives of "her kids," is a lasting influence that has changed the lives of everyone she's touched. VTR is now celebrating their twenty second year of operation! So far there have been 1316 children and youth in the Group and Foster Care Homes, and over 70 kids have been adopted into permanent families! The Transitional Living Home has provided a home for 25 homeless, young men ages 18-24. Many former residents stay in touch with their VTR "family" as they're the only stable people in their lives. Valley Teen Ranch has been operating their annual $2.7 Million budget in the black with "clean" audited financials every year. There are 60 full time and 10 part time employees in all of their programs, caring for over 75 children and youth every day. VTR has an outstanding record with the California Community Care Licensing Agency that oversees their operation from the State Department of Social Services. VTR folks are grateful for community support from Churches, Service Clubs, Businesses, Foundations and local donors. The EVIDENCE shows that they are truly committed to our mission of "Building Young Lives."

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

Hearing about the results of the kids who've successfully completed the program. It's so good to see lives changed, literally.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide it more money

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

They EXPECT the kids to rise up and make something of their lives. I was in foster care for the first 16 years of my life, and I can personally attest to the fact that coddling is ineffective. Empowering, enabling, and expecting good works!

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

Everyone is so positive! Starting with the CEO, Connie Clendenan. They never give up on kids.

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

provide more practical, hands-on training to empower kids to make it on their own once they've aged out of the system.

Ways to make it better...

I could magically provide these folks the finances they need to do more for more kids.

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

the Governor's recent cut-back in funding. Funds were already extremely tight, and charitable giving is down. So the 10% cut could endanger kids.

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

If you're organization is going to recognize any group home or foster family agency, THIS IS THE ONE!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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