My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Children of the Night, Van Nuys, CA, USA
I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada when I received a call from a girl I'll call "Jane Doe". She was only 17 years old. I knew she was living in a trailer with her father - and soon found out her father was actually her pimp. Turned on her father was also mom's pimp too. So every day he'd send mom and daughter out to bring him home "his money". In Vegas there's only a few shelters that will take someone under the age of 18 - and he knows where those shelters were. She was afraid if she went there - that he'd show up demanding to see her and as her father and with her being a minor that she could not refuse to see him. If she stayed with me she was also worried if he showed up with the police he could force them to make her leave and come home with him. She felt if she told the police she didn't want to go home with him because he was pimping her - that then he would take it out on her mom and her other sisters. I called Children of the Night and they said if I could get her to either an airport or a bus station they would arrange to pay for her transportation there to Los Angeles and take care of everything. She didn't have any ID to board a plane - so I took her to the bus station. Whenever I send someone to a program - I always ask them to call me to make sure they got admitted safe and sound. She told me she was made to feel welcome and felt very comfortable there at Children of the Night. They helped her get clean from drugs, get her GED, and a driver's license. I picked her up from the bus station when she came back to Vegas after CON helped her. She is now married, has two children, is clean from drugs and out of prostitution. Because of her age and the complication of her father being her pimp - I do not believe I could have helped her without CON being there for her the way they were. I also don't know of any other program that would have been able to respond so quickly when I called to have her on that bus just a few hours later. They are truly amazing and saving lives.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Not only does she help the kids she works with - but when I talk to her I learn something that helps me be more effective with the kids I work with on an outpatient basis.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Wonderful. Unlike others at other programs - her volunteers do not come off as "superior" to the kids. They are also always helpful to me when I call to see if they have a bed - even if it's 2:00 a.m. when I'm calling
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Save a lot more kids' lives.
Ways to make it better...
I can't think of any way any contact or experience with them could have been improved upon.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
Lack of funding is one. Another is that more kids on the streets or other outreach programs that don't have residential options to offer need to know how to reach her for help.
One thing I'd also say is that...
I believe Dr. Lee has invented a wheel that works as best as one can work in an imperfect world. Our society as a whole would benefit on many levels if she were to receive whatever she needs to be able to help even more kids than she does now.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?