Since I can no longer work physically as an advocate for the homeless (The Bishops Advocacy Committee for the Homeless) I hope this contribution will help fill in the gap.
Poverello House Rehab Facility, where are the stats for completion rate. Program seems to focus on revolving door pushing men in and throwing them out on back to jail. where are the rules. why are these things not public. non profit should have annual reports stating the use of funds and the completion rate. My son was terminated with only two months remaining reason being to protect the integrity of the program. no rule was broken no drug or alcohol use or running from facility no fight or inappropriate behavior. Poverello house only in it for the money in my opinion. there are plenty of homeless people sleeping outside of pov gates.
Old men soaking wet after being released from hospital begging for a blanket only to be told to wait till morning. Due to almost closing time.
"I picked up my son and heard this story of what occurred. we went home for clothing, blankets and food and returned to give old Willie what he needed."
Review from Guidestar
For the last 8 years I have made a cash donation to the Poverello House. I have been blessed with the life I have and wanted to donate to an organization like the Poverello House. I believe in their mission and am proud of the work they have done. God bless the Poverello House.
This is an oustanding group of folks. I donate to them on a monthly basis. They truly care for the needy and homeless in our area, exemplifying Christ's love for the poor in their work and with their actions. They serve anyone who is needy, they give them nutritious meas and provide them with both physical and mental nourishment. Much time is spent talking to the folks that need the services and genuinely helping and caring for them. Poverello House is an example of locally operated and driven non profits that work in their own community to restore it.
I have been volunteering at Poverello House for 5 years. All of the staff and residents work very hard and have a great attitude. I volunteer twice a month and I always feel better after working there. They provide a great service to the community and I appreciate the fact that they are there.
Excellent Non-Profit run by people who truly care for the homeless in our community. The facility is clean and organized, the volunteer coordinator easily accessible and friendly and there are always snacks for volunteers! My first visit to the Poverello House came when my now 24 year old son was in 7th grade. He came home questioning why he was not allowed to have $100 tennis shoes like the other boys at school. Instead of going into a long explanation about needs and wants, his dad and I planned a trip to the Poverello House. After making lunches, cleaning, breaking down boxes, and serving the clients, our son had a better appreciation for the privileges he already had. On the way home from our volunteer Saturday he asked the question, "There are homeless kids in Fresno?" He didn't get the $100 tennis shoes and never asked for them again.
No hand is turned away and no one is alone out there the Poverello House opens up their hearts and tables to feed. clothe and house those in Need. One Hand Reaching out caring and sharing with everyone who in in Need. May the Lord Continue to Be with us all Reaching out to Care.