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February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I have been associated with The Village Network (TVN) for a number of years as a member of its Corporation Board and, more recently, as the Chair of its Governing Board. More than any other social service organization with which I am acquainted, TVN is truly mission and vision driven. It strives to provide its clients with best treatment practices in an environment of respect and care for those whom it serves. Both Board and staff exhibit a care and concern for clients that is evident to those who regularly visit or interact with the agency and to the community at large.

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

...through frequent personal testimonials and presentations from current and past clients and the staff members who have assisted them.

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

...expand the scope of care provided, both geographically and through expansion of the proven practices employed.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

The Village Network (TVN) is a wonderful child-serving organization. Staff members are truly concerned about the welfare and future of each youth in their care. Parents desperate for assistance with their troubled youth often look to the professionalism and expertise of TVN staff for advice and guidance.

I remember meeting one particular youth upon his admittance to The Village Network. He was angry, scared and didn’t trust anyone. He was sure that staff were there to make his life unbearable. After only a couple months, I met him again. There was a light that radiated from him. He smiled and was truly happy. He trusted his counselors and others who rallied to support him. He had made a complete turnaround and was on the path to success. His grades were better than ever, he had a positive outlook and was excited about his future and the prospect of being the first in his family to attend college.

I am happy that The Village Network exists to assist youths in turning their lives around and gaining confidence in themselves and others. I am proud to have them in my community.

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

Meeting the youths and seeing their amazing turnarounds.

Ways to make it better...

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

Reach out to more youth when possible. Hold educational sessions for parents with troubled youth.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

They are in my community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

An awesome orginizaton commited to serving at risk youth.

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

I have been lucky enough to here several of the youth talk of thier experience with The Village Network

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

none

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

As an administrative director of the Ariel Foundation I have toured and been in contact with the local Village Network in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. We gave two grants to this deserving organization in 2010. This wonderful facility and the dedicated people that work inside give a home with loving care while teaching life skills to children that otherwise would "fall through the cracks" with nowhere else to live. We are proud to be a donor of the Village Network of Mt. Vernon and play a small part in building lives and forming future productive citizens in these children.

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

Hearing the stories of those children that have been helped.

Ways to make it better...

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

Spread awareness of this organization in our community.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I have done contract work as a nurse with The Village Network for about 10 years in a variety of locations. The Village staff is competent and caring. They provide a wide range of services for kids with emotional and/or behavioral needs. The kids seem to respond well to the treatment strategies giving them the support they need in thier formative years. I can honestly say that I have never overheard staff saying they hate thier job. This can be a challenge some days when youth are having issues and acting out. It shows that the employees actually care for the kids through thick and thin.

The Great!

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

Hearing from kids that have grown up and share their success stories.

Ways to make it better...

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

Change the Portage Lakes facility. It needs updated- not a balcony on the second floor...better yet, have everything on one floor.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

The Village Network is a wonderful organization that repeatedly demonstrates commitment, care, and concern for adolescents and their families. They strive to provide mental health and behavioral services to community youth as well as youth from other areas of Ohio. I was working with a youth that was struggling in a traditional learning environment. I contacted TVN and they were able to place my client in the on-site educational program. My client has achieved better attendance and grades as a result of TVN. The people that work for The Village Network are passionate and dedicated to the youth of today. Their approach is ever-changing to meet the myriad of needs presented to the multifaceted team of professionals. The Village Network is a vital part of the success of the at-risk youth of Wayne and surrounding counties. Kudos to The Village Network

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

a professional capacity through collaborated services.

Ways to make it better...

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

ask that they become a stronger presence in the public school system where students with marginal mental health and behavioral issues can find success in the least restrictive environment.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I work in a school district that has an alternative program. There are times when we just don't have enough to serve the needs of the student population that we serve. For the male population, we have had to utilize the Village Network in order to find success not only for the student, but their family as well. They have that extra super structure that we just cannot offer. If it wasn't for the available staff and resources that they have, I feel there would be a lot of lost students who later in life would suffer the consequences of poor choices during their adolescence. It isn't until later and with maturity that most students realize the positive impact the program has on their life. I hope that the Village Network never goes away.

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

the school district where I work.

Ways to make it better...

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

add a village or dorm that services the female population.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I have worked with the Village Network in Wooster, Ohio as a higher education mentor for students transitioning to college. The staff at the VN are concerned and dedicated to assisting youth. A mentor training and support group has been formed by VN staff and formalizes the efforts to better serve residents.

I highly value the experiences that I have had with the Village Network.

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

. . . seeing several students transition into college.

Ways to make it better...

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

. . . work to connect resident services with community services for students.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The Village Network has been located in Wayne County since its inception, over 50 years ago. They have always been excellent communiity partners. They collaborate with other agencies, businesses and educational systems. They are active in a multitude of community organizations, often in leadership roles.

The Great!

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

the number of children who have successfully completed school and reentered back into their families.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to expand its service into other areas of the state.

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I have had the opportunity of meeting a significant number of the Village Network Staff. They are extremely dedicated to the mission of the Village Network which is to promote responsible living and positive change in troubled children through partnerships with families and communities. Jim Miller, the CEO , not only has a good understanding of the services they deliver, has a real understanding of the financial end of the business, and because of his tremendous passion for the kids, it has permeated the entire organization.
In the last two years when other organizations similar to the Village Network have suffered financially or even closed, the Village Network has remained strong financially.

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

I have personally seen the results that the Village Network has achieved or the last 10 years as a board member, and volunteer.

Ways to make it better...

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

None other that being able to afford more children the ability to participate in the programs that the Village Network offers.

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