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GROW IN AMERICA
February 27, 2011

I experienced GROW when I became a volunteer reading tutor to one of the residents in Kankakee. Being in the GROW House was an eye-opening experience. I had not realized that this wonderful program existed. The staff and the residents made me feel very welcome. In addition to the tutoring, I was invited to many celebrations. During the time I spent there, I was able to see the GROW program in action. I was impressed by the cooperative attitudes and activities. Every person had a job to do, and they did it well. What I really liked about GROW was the unique relationship between the staff and the residents. It was not "us" and "them", but more of a "we". I could see the residents and staff working together in a friendly, cooperative, and compassionate way to improve the mental health of all who needed help.

The Great!

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

in seeing the growth of the individuals in the program. As I returned to the GROW House from time-to-time, I saw many of the individuals doing activities which will aid them to be healthy, productive members of society, e.g., getting driver's licenses, furthering their education, volunteering in the community, and getting jobs.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the organization in more places. I would find more sources of funding to keep the program going. Too many people do not know about GROW and the benefits they can receive from it, so publicity is important.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I tutored a GROW resident in reading.

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