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ABODE SERVICES
December 18, 2009

I spend time with the teens each week. Mostly just spending time with them, playing games, etc. Recently took them on a field trip to a rock climbing gym. Also voluteered at another facility to offer a fitness class. And donated some money. Don't have too much insight into the inner working of the organization, but the services they provide seem to be very helpful. They have both short term and long term assistance. They accomodate varying level of needs, as far as counseling, etc. are concerned. At the long term facility they counsel family units as a unit, not just individuals, which I think is great. All the people that I know that work for them seem to enjoy what they are doing, which is always important, and the residents seem to be benefiting from the services and assistance they receive.

The Great!

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

seeing a family move on from the short term facility. One of the best things such services can do is give people a break for a spell then empower them to move on. Seen them do some great things for the kids, throwing birthday parties, etc.

Ways to make it better...

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

not enough experience to say

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

Getting to know a couple of the teens better, and even getting to take them out to do a couple things they've never done before (ice skating and rock climbing)

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

engaged, committed, and competent. They seemed to enjoy what they did and had the best interest of those whom they serve at heart.

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

expand its services further throughout the bay area and accomodate more residents. i think they could also get more staff to provide more services. I think they're sort of pressed as far as enough workers for the load is concerned.

Ways to make it better...

there were more teens to work with. young children is not my gift. I'm better off working with teens, but most of the children that come through are much younger.

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

follow-up. don't know if they have any way of helping people once they have left...i.e. tapering off rather than a sudden drop, or just checking up to see how people are doing later. They may do this and I just don't know about it

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

i'd recommend volunteering and or donations

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & see above.