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Golden Rainbow Center-SAGE
July 30, 2009

I've only just been introduced to the Center. In that short period, I have had only "associations of excellence", so far removed from those I have otherwise made around Palm Springs in the other gay organizations, from charity to for-profit establishments. I look forward to a continued relationship with what I see as committed, like-mined individualists - but with a common purpose - the acknowledged need of the senior and disabled population - for food, for training, for socialization, and mostly - just for a hug - to know you aren't alone. Thanks so much to all of you who make this possible.

The Great!

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

people around me whom I have learned to admire over a lifetime, selflessly devoting their energies to a cause we should all be able to associate with - that of growing older and that of fear of isolation.

Ways to make it better...

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

worry constantly that the needs of the many might outweigh the gifts from the few - and forever be trying to devise ways to assure the continuity of a support structure so desperately needed, especially now, when Social Security Retirement = poverty level

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excellent personal approach to greeting each person as they walk through the door - I immediately felt like I was among old friends; old here meant as an accolade, since few friends I have had ever last that long.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people like myself, but focused on bringing about a cooperative environment in which clients, volunteers and staff can feel welcome and definitely will return.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably be a cornerstone organization for making sure "the poor retired" on fixed incomes in our community will never have to worry about being hungry, will have a place to share their life's experiences in a non-judgmental way, and re-gain pride.

Ways to make it better...

I felt more involvement from our city fathers, who are shirking their duties to the community by failing to recognize this important organization and the niche into which it bears the holes in the safety net we all presumed would be there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding - with other similar support groups and organizations folding before out eyes due to lack of funds and fiscal controls, the demands to be met with a potential client base as large as that of the Palm Springs area, are enormous. Each dollar helps.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I had the 10 million bucks alluded to in the questions, as I could see this organization as the recipient and the excellent uses that would be made of the funding, from a lay point of view.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Toured the facilities to determine if there were needs that my abilities might match.