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Review for Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, Inc., Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I became a Board member after years of volunteering for A-SPAN. With my dual insight into the needs and difficulties those facing life without a home encounter, I understand the importance of A-SPAN's many approaches to service. A-SPAN employees and volunteers are trusted by all constituencies as a group of people who respect their clients, support the community at large, and work with the county government to resolve the issue of those who are without a home. A-SPAN is very effectively led by a dedicated director and staff. Those who receive A-SPAN's help are always grateful and often empowered to move back into a home on which to build a recovery. Whether serving warm soup on a cold day or counseling a client about how to resolve medical issues or moving someone into a real home, the A-SPAN community is an asset to our county. The personal touch that A-SPAN always provides is its ultimate strength.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

My neighbor started it 20 years ago

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Establishing a comprehensive homeless services center year round.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Housing every Arlingtonian appropriately.

Role:  Board Member & Serve meals on the street. Provide a present for every homeless person on the street at holiday time--for 20 years now.

Review for Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, Inc., Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A-SPAN began to emerge as a force for kind and dependable service to the homeless in our county many years ago. It started with a simple question,"What do people without ANYTHING need most?" and proceeded to answer systematically. While food and shelter come to mind, the first order of business for ASPAN has always been dignity and dependability--products delivered simultaneously with warm soup and showers and good counsel. ASPAN solves individual problems, case by case, while keeping an eye on the larger social issues with heartfelt advocacy and energetic fund raising. I am continually impressed with ASPAN's sincere activity in behalf of an almost invisible, even more silent, but frighteningly increasing community.

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

my recent insider information as a Board member about how earnest and dedicated the staff is to ASPAN clients. Infusions of highly innovative staff to work with seasoned professionals have brought vitality and visibility to the community at large.

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

enthusiastic and committed to being a presence in the lives of people who are frequently invisible and seemingly inconsequential. Volunteers are passionately loyal, scrambling for opportunities to work, in blizzards and in thunderstorms.

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

initially establish a Year Round Shelter to meet a perpetually obvious need and then build/create more possibilities for people who live "outside" to come in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I have been a volunteer on the streets in the evening, an advocate in community conversations about homelessness, a benefactor in arranging holiday gifts for all the homeless ASPAN knows , and currently also a Board Member.