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Family Service Association of Redlands
April 28, 2011

It has been my privilege to serve Family Service for more than 20 years as a volunteer, a board member, and currently as President of the Board. I remain committed to Family Service because it is an organization that strives to fulfill its mission to alleviate poverty, to encourage self-sufficiency, and to promote the dignity of all clients.

Since its founding in 1898 Family Service has had the ability to adjust its programs to meet the needs of its clients. Today it not only provides food and clothing, but it also provides case management, essential to opening the path to self-sufficiency. In addition, housing opportunities, employment and basic life skills classes, and counselling are offered.

The Family Service staff is dedicated to providing the best possible services for the clients. Programs, such as the recent Spring Festival,for the children and their parents, are opportunities to develop strong families. All clients are treated with dignity by the staff and the volunteers.

The community support, both the volunteers and the monetary support, is outstanding,

The Great!

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

Knowing that a family now lives in their own home and is able to provide for their family. Children experienced going away to camp through opportunities provided by Family Service. Families enjoying musical programs at Family Service because access to these programs was made possible through community support.

Ways to make it better...

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

First, provide increased resources to be able to increase the number of staff in order to better serve the clients. Increase employment opportunities for the clients who are in need of employment. Employment is a must on the path to self-sufficiency.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I've worked in the pantry, helped with holiday programs, chaired board meetings, helped with mailings, and whatever else needed to be done.

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