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cathyweiss

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Review for DOROT, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Dorot is an organization that provides help to the elderly, on a personal level. As a volunteer, you get immediate gratification of providing companionship, friendship or just support for someone in need. Dorot has the most professional staff that works with the volunteer to assure the best effort is being delivered to the "clients".

I look forward to cooking for a group of elderly folks weekly and I know, they too look forward to my visit. We have a connection I never knew I could have. As I meet new people, I know, they too, will become my friend as the weeks go by. Sometimes I 'm one of the first people they learn to trust again, and it feels very special to be "let in" to their life.

Role:  Volunteer & I cook for the Homeless Prevention Program on Tuesday nights.

Review for DOROT, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful experience visiting a woman who taught me how to be the woman I always wanted to be. My friendly visiting friend was an 80 year old non ambulatory brilliant woman, who lived life every day to the fullest, with passion and no fears. I fetl exposed at first, at her forthrightness. Her directness was so raw. Her experiences leaving pre-Nazi Belgium to NY showed me how fearlessness and following your instinct is the best way to live life. Now, I enjoy another volunteer experience at Dorot. I get to be humbled every Tuesday night as I cook dinner at the HOmeless Prevention Program for elderly people who have somehow ended up homeless. As we watch Jeopardy together, I realize how special each person is, as everyone has some individual area of knowledge others don't. I feel so priveleged to meet these brave souls come together to rebuild their lives. I thank Dorot for these experiences! My life is so defined by my time with Dorot.

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

Learning how special people I never would have met are.

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

Incredible. The highest level of social workers I have ever seen. Not only smart, but able to get along with all the strange personalities you confront from the homeless.

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

Open more housing centers for the homeless. Provide more food for the elderly. Have more social workers helping clients. More office space for these workers that provide so much for the homeless.

Ways to make it better...

It couldnt be better, perhaps bigger. Better facilities for cooking and housing the clients.

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

Housing costs. Getting funds to be able to provide help for the homeless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & Cook Tuesday nights at the HOMeless Prevention Program.