February 28, 2011
I am a long term contributor to The Dannon Project (TDP). It is an outstanding nationally recognized agency (see You Tube Feeding Dreams on TDP story) reflecing how they are consistently providing quality services to at risk populations including underemployed, unemployed, non violent previously incarcerated persons and youth who are pregnant, parenting, child of an incarcerated person or teen who had troubles with the law. The Dannon Project provides exceptionally high quality customer service to participants and their families while working closely with other community based and governmental agencies to prevent duplication of services. The Dannon Project uses resources wisely making it a great investment for every dollar contributed leading to outcomes that far exceed national, state and regional outcomes. The participants receive the services and support they need to change their lives and give them a second chance to achieve their hopes and dreams. They receive assessment, case management, housing, counseling, health care, pharmacy assistance, job training and plaement, state work certifications, savings accounts and financial literacy training, life skills training, pathways out of poverty training, character counts training, HIV AIDS prevention training, and a host of other supportive services and mentor matching to change their ways of thinking and support to learn new behaviors that will help them achieve their goals and dreams and show how they can do all things through unconditional love which is in abundance at TDP. Participants are treated with dignity and respect with high expectations for goal achievement being the anticipated return on investment. They hire participants and you cannot tell whether the staff is a former participant or a professional because the staff takes great pride in providing high quality professional service to each person who comes in contact with the agency making them feel important and part of the family, that whatever happened in the past will not influence how the agency is there to support you in achieving your future goals and aspirations. It is refreshing to know that there are people who truly care for others to restore and re-engage them in our community to create success for all involved. Now if they had more money and resources for prevention maybe they could actually prevent folks from making choices of crime and help build skills in how to plan and implement the plan as to how to have a successful life without having to get in trouble with the law and then come in contact with TDP. I enjoy attending events where participants are awarded certicates and receive incentives for goal achievements for training completion, job placements, certifications like CNA, Phlebotomy, EKG and Pharmacy Tech.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Results - monthly newsletter shows sound outcomes and positive impacts. Seeing how lives are changed from my investment of time and money. When we sow good seed in good ground we can expect to receive a harvest and each time I attend an event and meet the participants and hear their stories I have the satisfaction of knowing my investment in this agency is paying off significantly in the lives of those served, their families and making the community a safer place to live, work and play.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help find more creative ways to expand the money and contributions to ensure they can continue to serve more individuals and families who are trying to over come challenges like homelessness, transitioning from incarceration, unemployment, under-employment, homelessness, need for GED.
Donor & I donated funds for participant loan fund. I taught a class to youth participants about setting goals short and long term and planning to transition from poverty to middle class.
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