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MIRIAMS HOUSE LYNCHBURG, VA
February 7, 2013

Over the past two years, Miriam's House has dramatically changed the clinical program in order to serve more homeless women and children in our community. The primary way in which this has been accomplished is through shortening our length of stay from 24 to 3-6 months. Our goal for each woman is that she will attain permanent housing within three months of admission to our program. Our success rate of 80% of families moving into permanent housing is higher than the average rate of 55% (rate was acquired through a national study facilitated by the National Alliance in End Homelessness).

We have added an Aftercare Support Group for the women who leave Miriam's House and attain permanent housing. This group meets each month and is completely voluntary for our 'graduates'. It is facilitated by staff but draws largely on the experiences of the participants as they share successes and challenges with one another.

Having completed my first year of board service, I have been impressed with the ability of Miriam's House to respond to change. The organization remains true to the vision of our founders while changing the clinical model to better empower women to care for themselves and their children.

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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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

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A W O L ALL WALKS OF LIFE INC
January 5, 2011

All Walks of Life is making a significant impact on the lives of youth in our community. Its founders, Tony and DaVena Jordan are passionate, results-oriented people and their use of the arts and technology to give kids a positive outlet for creativity is inspired.

The Goon Squad accepts recycled technology, teaches kids how to use/repair and then gives the refurbished item to a family in need.

Through film, theatre, spoken word and sound design, AWOL effectively uses volunteers and professionals to give participants the most interesting and USEFUL experiences.

The numbers don't tell the entire story. Watching people who were once on the margins of society perform and flourish is the best indicator of the success of AWOL.

The Great!

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

Enjoying performances

Ways to make it better...

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

Get administrative help so DaVena can sleep at night!

MY ROLE:
Donor & Higher Education administration and Community volunteer.