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Review for Family Supportive Housing, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the governing board of Family Supportive Housing sixteen years ago when it was still named San Jose Family Shelter. I was attracted to it because of the word "Family". It soon became an important part of my life. Having retired from a 25 year career as a fundraiser for Stanford University, I felt that I could be helpful in finding sources of funding to assist what, at that time, was a new and strugling enterprise. Through these several years, (during twelve of which my wife also volunteered her services...as the organization's bookkeeper)I've seen hundreds of families, many of which were guided by two parents and many by only one, brought back to a life of self sufficiency. There's nothing quite as moving as hearing a young child say something like, "This is the nicest room I've ever slept in," or upon returning from the summer camp to which we send several dozen children each year, hearing a youngster (who never before had experienced anything like it) say "What a great week it was. When I grow up I'm gong to be a camp counsellor!" It's been a most rewarding 16 years; a challenge to do well while doing good. I most enthusiastically recommend serving such a cause for anyone who is at all interested in helping give unfortunate people, especially children, a hand up.

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

Seeing the results.

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

Superb. Some of the most dedicated people I've ever worked with.

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

Make a tremendous dent in the homeless population total in San Jose.

Ways to make it better...

We had had more funds to do our work

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

Funding and public awareness of the cause.

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

It has been a most important part of my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Board Member & Served as Board Secretary and performed all of the usual functions of a Board member. One of the most useful was meeting and speaking with potential funders, such as churches, to raise funds and publicize the work we do.