First Glance is what I consider the heart and soul of Kenmore. As a young, adventurous 11 year old kid to a grown woman, FG will always be near and dear to my heart. Thursday (and Friday) night Rec Nights and Tuesday’s “Ladies Night Out” (aka “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” to us older folk….lol) were where I spent so much of my time during my teenage years. It kept us kids out of trouble, and gave us an outlet to be ourselves in a safe way. The volunteers made a lasting impression on who I am today. They showed me kindness, patience, creativity, and what a true follower of Christ can do. My siblings and I became a part of the FG family- as that what it boils down to, a family. They hosted the funerals for both my brothers, they’ve fed me, they’ve given me sound advice, and they’ve given me a place to express myself. The lasting impressions of First Glance is why I am now a volunteer, in hopes in helping the community where they need it most- their future.
I have firsthand experience with this wonderful organization and the impact it’s had on the community it faithfully serves. They focus on establishing loving, non-judgemental relationships that meet people right where they are, and doing so in a way that honors God. They genuinely love and care for, in practical ways, the students that cross their path. This approach has moved me to support them financially, prayerfully and practically in the past through a grant project I collaborated on. In my own time of need they opened their doors to host a funeral for a family member who passed away unexpectedly. This is an exceptional organization with dedicated servant leaders and volunteers that Is making a difference in the lives of the students they serve.
Having assisted with a couple of grant writing projects in the past, I was impressed with the dedication of the leadership at First Glance and with the stewardship of the resources and opportunities available to them. I believe fully that First Glance is an exceptional organization who cares deeply about the youth they serve and the quality of services they offer. This authenticity is recognized by the students whose attendance and participation have only continued to increase in response. The very fact that First Glance has continued to grow and extend their reach within the community of Kenmore, Ohio is a testament to both the faith and hard work of their leaders and volunteers, and their belief in the potential of the youth they have committed to mentoring.
Volunteering at First Glance has been such a joy. I love getting to know the kids and teens. Encouraging them, loving them and just being family. The programming offers so many opportunities to spend time with kids and do fun things, while also building trusting relationships.
First Glance has changed my life. They encouraged me to go to college and helped me get a job. I love them
I am a student at First Glance and I have been going here for around 6 years. I absolutely love it, it is a great place for me to be myself and experience some amazing things. It is also a safe space for me and my friends to gather and hang out each week and just be ourselves. The leaders at First Glance are super welcoming and so helpful. Anytime that I was having a bad time whether it was just a bad day or something deeper the leaders were always there to be the best support system that I could use. First Glance has just done so much in my life that helped me to improve and grow as a person I am forever grateful.
I started volunteering in 2018, and have been on staff almost two years. I love the relationships you get to build with students, they become like family! It was a place that provides fun, safety and a sense of belonging!
Volunteering at First Glance is one of the most fulfilling parts of my life. The students are fantastic to spend time with and we have so much fun. Every staff member, volunteer, and program leader I've met has been kind, generous, compassionate, and loving.
Volunteering with First Glance has changed my life. The community and relationships built through First Glance are genuine and life giving. I wish more cities had safe spaces, like First Glance, for teens to experience. The conversations I have had and memories I have made with students at First Glance are ones that I will cherish for a long time.
As a member of the community First Glance serves and a former volunteer I couldn't be more proud the have this organization right around the corner. By simply creating a community for youth to grow and learn safely they have impacted the lives of many teens. This past year they have stepped up immensely to help serve the local kids and families impacted the most by covid related closures. Every community needs an organization like First Glance to champion its youth.
I have served on staff, extended staff and a volunteer over the last 8 years. I have built so many meaningful relationships with the staff, volunteers and and students. Lives have been changed through the caring adults and relationships fostered through First Glance. It is a beacon of hope and safe place in the neighborhood.
I have been Volunteering with First Glance for a little over a year. I love investing in the students. Many of them are coming to escape a home environment and find love, and I love that First Glance is available to them. The volunteers and staff truly love these students and desire for them to not just succeed in life but enter into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, but they do so in real, loving, and non-threatening ways, just as their mission says.
I’ve been a part of First Glance for over 10 years. The relationships built are like no other and we truly become family. We eat together, laugh together, cry together, pray together, and spend time together. We get the opportunity to not just serve but to invest and create life long relationships. I volunteer with The Connect and I love being able to see our moms and their kids each week to celebrate the highs and share the lows together. I am truly thankful that a place like First Glance exists in the Kenmore community.
With my experiences with this place, I’ve came to know many other students and I’ve been able to expand my leadership skills. This place has also helped me expand my knowledge on how to share my faith, There is no doubt in my heart that I love this place and I will fight For it and continue here until my last breath.
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I love this place so much we have so much fun and everybody there loves and cares about everybody
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This is the best place ever ! You makes friends these people are like family :) definitely recommend!
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The leaders are wonderful and care about you and me. They embrace their love for each student individually.
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I love that no matter what program you go to you will feel welcomed by the leaders and I also love the teen moms program as they have helped me through a lot being a young mom with a kid and one on the way in December
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This place has been where I've grown to know and love God more than any other place. It is my church. It's how I am part of the Church. It's where God parts the clouds and shines on his people. The staff is very dedicated to serving the people of Kenmore. The volunteers are so selfless in their care. It's changed my life.
The thing that makes FG so great is the wonderful volunteers that give so much of themselves to help the students.
As the director of a local non-profit organization, I've been aware of First Glance for a long time and over the years have gotten to experience firsthand the transformative impact they have on the lives of so many awesome students and people in the community. First Glance is a staple of the community of Kenmore and has a restorative & tangible impact on the lives of all those who are lucky enough to be involved with it through their various programs, as volunteers, donors, etc. While at times it can seem hard to quantify or put hard measurements on the impact of First Glance on the lives of those who are a part of it, the positive impact of this organization has reverberated for 15 + years and has only gotten stronger over time.
I was a student when it first opened and now volunteer when available. The organization has impacted my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. The organization has dedicated volunteers who take time to invest in various programs that is offered at the center.
I was a student at First Glance before I became a leader. I have been involved with First Glance since 2002. It's been a blessing working with First Glance. The leaders and student leaders that I work with work so hard to make great things happen. Will everyone that is involved with FG does amazing job! Thanks to GOD for his work. When I went to Costa Rica mission trip this summer I preached to people that are pregant at teenage and teens that do drugs, and I think to myself I wish they had a First Glance there ro help them with the struggles they go through, to lead them into Christ. :) I'm pleased what God is doing in this organization.
Totally dedicated volunteers and staff provide a loving environment that changes the lives of at-risk kids. They have made a huge impact on the entire community
A safe place for students, teen mom's and young adults (often facing difficult circumstances) to meet, connect with caring mentors and receive genuine acceptance! The volunteers at First Glance are fully committed to the young people in the community. This is a truly amazing organization and we love the great work they are doing!
I am a volunteer at First Glance! Love First Glance that is changing teen/young adult lives & the community for the better & for Christ! I have volunteered for a lot of places in my life but non as loving, caring & compassionate as this group...staff & volunteers that give back in so many ways...& even opening up their homes!
First Glance is a group of enthusiatic, passionate & awesome individuals who give of their time (leaders & the volunteers) reaching out with their hearts and God's love, in a committment to the youth of Kenmore. The youth can come and be accepted with unconditional love & where they are in a safe non-threatening environment. Everything the leaders & volunteers do is a positive impact in training these youth to want to be better citizens, and helping them to grow to bring up their children to make a better community in Kenmore. They are making a difference in the lives of teenagers, and in the Kenmore community being changed for God's Glory. They are giving them hope & direction thru caring for each teen that comes thru the doors. The staff of volunteers are also giving them a chance to get off the streets, and also teaching them how to make better choices in their lives & the opportunities to set goals in their lives. Karen Freeman & Nicole Beck have so much contagious enthusiam and are really passionate for this ministry of changing lives for Christ!
I am a volunteer at First Glance in the Young Adult program. As a volunteer, I love the relationships that I have built with the young people and other volunteers who are a part of our program. First Glance offers young people a safe haven. Just a week or so ago, one of the Young Adults mentioned that we are his family. At First Glance we are family. We accept one another for who we are and support each other through the good and bad times. I love this organization and wish every community had a First Glance.
Great people. Great mission. Great Atmosphere. Love to see how genuine the care for the students and the community is at FG. Lives have been changed bc this place was created❤️
First Glance does a great job of reaching out to the youth of the community by providing a place of refuge and fun for those that need a place where they can trust in people who lead them in the direction of knowing Christ.
It's fun and safe and they care about you also help you out anyway they can !!!
First Glance is a place where all are accepted and loved. Lasting friendships and relationships are built. As a volunteer, I feel very much a part of the family. There is geunine love and care between voluteers and students.
I love first glance. It's such a great place filled with fun compassionate individuals
I have been volunteering with First Glance for over 7 years now. In that time I have seen great things come from them. Everything from individual lives being transformed to the entire community as a whole. I'm thankful to be a part of such a great organization and am excited for the future.
First Glance is an awesome place to be. There are many things to do such as, play pool, get on computers, air hockey, and many more fun activities. Definitely deserves my five stars!
First Glance is fun and safe, I like coming to FG to get away from my house and to hang out with friends.
I like coming to First Glance because its a great place for teens to come meet up with there friends and hang out in a non-violent,safe and fun environment.
As a recent supporter of First Glance, I was drawn to the organization because of their passion for working with children, teens and young adults. The love for the Christ and the community is evident from the support staff down to the volunteers, this is truly an organization that believes in and carries out their mission.
I have been a supporter of First Glance for many years as a financial supporter and more recently as a board member. First Glance makes an impact for the common good of the Kenmore community everyday. What impresses me most is that majority of the staff and a lot of the volunteers live right in the Kenmore neighborhood they serve. Truly the existence of this student center makes the world a better place.
I've been a staff volunteer for a little under a month but before this I was a student leader and spent a lot of my free time here at first glance. The leaders are all amazing I've connected and became very close with a few of them. The programs its self helps a lot of teens that walk through the doors! Love this place!
Looking to help teens, young adults, teen moms, preschoolers, or skate boarders connect to Christ while building a relationship with them? This is the place for you. Many great programs that help meet the needs of the Kenmore community and assist them in life. Making a difference in a person's life is easy at First Glance.
I first became involved with First Glance through my church and was quickly convinced it was providing wonderful programs and services to young people who had great needs. So, when I was asked to fill a board position as a finance person, I accepted the honor right away. The employees and volunteers at First Glance are committed to helping these young people in many ways.
I have been volunteering with First Glance since 2009 and have been employed with them through 2010. FG is impacting the community. Thankful for the all students that come out weekly and the volunteers that give up countless hours to serve.
We started volunteering with the Young Adults at First Glance when our daughter invited us to an evening meeting. That was over 3 years ago and we are still active in this ministry. We have met some wonderful people and have been challenged to live our faith more completely. I challenge everyone to volunteer just one time to see how First Glance is transforming the Kenmore community.
i love first glance . its impacted my life in such a good way. ive met most of my closest friends through this organization. also its just a safe place to hang out and just be yourself and have fun. the leaders are all amazing people. noel has played a very long role in my life. all the leaders are friendly and caring. its somehwere to go when you have nothing else.
I love them. I go to first Glance every week and its the best organization that i have been to ever. They look at all the teens as their kids. First Glance is thier to help all of the students. Its a great place for all the students to go to when they are just on the streets getting in trouble. They need all the help they can get to make all of us better.
I have got a lot of great advise from some of the staff and it is a great place to hang out with friends. First Glance is a great place for kids to go to get away from the troubles of the street. There are so many things that you can do like video games, pool, skateboarding, computers, or just hang out with friends. There is also great food!!!
First Glance is a fabulous organization that was started up in the inner city and caters to young teens who really have it rough. They provide a place to come and have a good time without the use of drugs or other illegal activities. They provide mentors for the kids that are always willing to listen and offer support through difficult times. They offer education as well as tangible items to young mom's who are struggling trying to raise children in a tough environment. They teach kids about Christ's love and encourage them to become involved in local churches where they can learn more and make a difference in their communities. I don't know of a more positive nonprofit organization than this one in our community. We are very lucky to have such wonderful leaders in our neighborhood with a passion for kids and this community.
It's been awesome and I have lots of fun. And help people when they need it. Because I like helping out and making friends.
First Glance is off the charts! I have two boys and still have a lot to learn at teen moms.
I was first introduced to First Glance by my younger sisters. I think it's a cool place for the younger kids to hang with their friends and not be causing trouble.
I came with my cousin for the first time November 2006. I liked it so much that I just keep coming.
First Glance Teen Moms is a wonderful program! I am so surprised that it is not more well known about.
It is great to help at First Glance. I have the privilege to be with youth and share my Christian experience with them. Not only do I share with them, but they inspire me with there enthusiasm. Many of the youth are very excited and dedicated student leaders.
Ummm, I come here when I can. I come to see friends. But I mainly come to skate wonderful reality.
Went to skate at the church since it was wet. There is no sheltered free area to skate in the area besides here and it was a fun night.
I first got involved through y wife who volunteers with Teen Moms. We also did a couple of Friday nights as volunteers. At one time we had a teen mom and her baby living with us. After 2 years helping at various times I became involved as a volunteer leader with the young dads guys here at First Glance.
I like the manual pad and the quarter pipe. I also like the kicker ramp. I'll definitely come back another time.
I love coming here on Tuesdays. When the weather is bad and you need to skate, this is where its at. Friendly staff and good times.
Its a really great program for alll the young moms teen moms to give them some guidence to raising their children
I think First Glance is awesome because they have games, pool, food, drinks, and skate boarding and computers. My favorite is skateboarding because they have every thing. I like the games to that is my review.
I help in the nursery while the teen moms are in their meeting. I have started working with the young moms and hope that I am impacting their lives.
I started comin to First Glance in 2001, I love comin, we do alot of fun things, It's a really nice place to come and meet new people and hang out with your friend the leaders are really nice and they're always there for you!
I hav ea good time every time I come and skate. I mean there is no other free indoor skate park/hangout place to go to when it snows or rains and the people who work here are friendly.
First Glance is great. I love them. They are their to help people and that is great. I love them.
A safe place for kids to skate outside of the streets away from bad influences. The employees are involved with the community and are making a positive influence in the neighborhood.
I've been here since summer. Great to volunteer! Good expousure 4 my kids. Good to serve w/them. We take care of babies during teen moms.
First Glance is a radly fun place. Very nice people. A great and friendly environment. The staff is nice as well.