January 21, 2011
I have been a volunteer and/or board member for twenty years and am constantly impressed by how Freedom House carries out its ministry to our sisters and brothers seeking political asylum from countries where they have been oppressed, imprisoned, tortured, and worse due to the their religious, political, clan, or other affiliation, especially with so relatively few funds. The house is maintained by a group of hugely dedicated staff and volunteers. The residents themselves also bring dynamic energy.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing residents win their asylum cases; reunite with their families; begin healing from their trauma through therapy, art, and music; work together and help each other even though they were from warring factions in their home country; experience the residents assisting with non-profits in the Detroit area (a bike ride to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger); learn English;.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide them with more funds to obtain a larger and newer (they're housed in a convent more than 100 years old) facility.
Board Member & I helped residents with English skills; I drove them to doctor's appts and translated for them; provided clothing and furniture; hospitality; donated money and time; served on committees; listened.