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TRI-COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES INC
November 3, 2009

Substance abusers are only an unpleasant statistic we would rather not know about, until you or one of our own becomes one. Suddenly you want to know why, how and where this happened, how you can fix it, and where can you go when you can't do it alone. Many times you will find more doors slammed in your face, including prison doors, than answers. Often, when you finally find a place that seems to hold the answers, the price tag is beyond your means. Where do you go then? Over 68% of the people treated at Tri-County Human Services, Inc., last year alone, earned less than $10,000.00 per year or had lost everything to substance abuse and were totally indigent, but they were not turned away. The same high quality, science based, professional care was afforded to them as anyone entering with a fat pocket or great insurance. And that is where the difference starts, the caring. From the physicians to the technicians to the administrative staff, you will see a level of dedication to service here that is seldom seen or felt in agencys of this nature. Many of our counselors are former users, so they can walk the walk and talk the talk that helps get their message through to the person so desperately seeking help to quit.

The Great!

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

the successful graduates of the various programs. Our JASA program holds only a 16% recidivism rate. That means 84% of the grads do NOT return to jail for substance abuse cases. This is just one of many success stories.

Ways to make it better...

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

spend day and night putting together a fundraising committee of qualified, well connected individuals who really care. Then I could concentrate on hiring the staff, fixing structures and helping people!

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

The people, not just co-workers, but people who come in off the street seeking help for others, sometimes even people they hardly know!

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

intelligent, knowledgable, considerate, concerned and dedicated. There was no politics for position going on, maybe because a higher position means a lot more work and not much more pay? :)

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

Oh my God! We could open up a residential adolescent unit which is desperately needed in this area and more beds for the mentally ill and pregnant women. What a blessing that would be!

Ways to make it better...

I could dedicate more time to all it takes to keep the doors open, especially fundraising. It breaks my heart every time we need to tell someone we have no room now and they must wait a few months. So sad.

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

not enough funds to do what is needed. Only 20% of the people addicted to legal and street drugs can get help to kick. That means the rest are driving next to you, taking care of your kids, looking for money for the next fix?

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

We need YOU. Not the next guy, not someone smarter, taller, richer, with more time, we need YOU! And believe me, YOU could make such a great difference in someone's life TODAY, maybe even your own. Don't wait. Tomorrow you won't be in a better position.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Work on program development for Tri-County.