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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: The Time Is Now exists solely for the purpose of alleviating the suffering of those who find themselves facing economic hardship.

Results: The Time Is Now to Help is a charity founded in 1989 to provide assistance to those in desperate need, using 100% of donations for poverty relief. Our founder Sal Dimiceli Sr. has been awarded top ten CNN Hero in 2011, many local awards and is a winner of the Realtor Magazine and National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award in 2017. Over 500 people are helped each year with shelter, utility assistance, car repairs, gas, beds, food, clothing, wheelchairs, household necessities, toiletries and much more.

Target demographics: Poverty stricken children, senior citizens, working poor families, the handicapped, disabled veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500

Geographic areas served: Southeast Wisconsin, Illinois

Programs: shelter assistance, utility assistance, food, automobile assistance, household necessities, toiletries, beds, dental assistance, clothing, etc.

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Deb Paige P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in need of an accessible vehicle to transport myself in my power wheelchair... THE TIME IS NOW came through- far above and beyond my dreams!! The men stuck with me until issues were resolved, they never gave up on me, and all is great now. I am able to transport myself to and from medical appointments and social outings!!! Thanks and much appreciation Sal and Shawn!!!

Edward20

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Sals story and I feel inspired by the work that he does. I also appreciate his method, an how hands on he is in helping all of the wonderful people who require assistance.

Treeoflifeministry2014

Client Served

Rating: 4

Treeoflifeministry2014 is the church part of this non-profit by the name of C Label Group which is a organization that not only help homeless men and women get jobs but they feed, clothes, and give them valuable job skills that is needed. They help the unemployable get jobs!!!!! I'm now the assistant manager at clays country kitchen. I go once a week to volunteer to help feed and give my testimony to help letting the men and women know that they are in the right place. Even the staff shows that everything is going to be alright I thank God for this place It not only saved my life but my entire graduated class minus 3 of us are doing exceptionally well. Frederick Grey

Kynesha S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding, is all I can say! Sal's organization The Time Is Now To Help has been a blessing

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Time is Now helped me when I was struggling as a single mom. I was not receiving the child support that was court ordered. My children had silver tape on their shoes to hold them together, and had no money for new school clothing. I was behind on rent and was going to the food pantry to feed my children. While the county I was in, did not do there job in the matter of child support, TTIN stepped in and helped me. There are no words and thanks good enough for this help. Some day when I can, I will repay the kindness in donations to this organization that was started by a man with the biggest heart in the world!! God bless and thank you Sal

Client Served

Rating: 5

The time is now was very rude to me, i was questioned with rudeness in the voice of the person who makes the decision to help. If i didnt need the help i never would of took the little bit they offered. I was talked down on for being a young single mom with a dui on my record from a mistake i made at 21 yr old. Never been in trouble other then the dui. And sal was so rude to me and judged me over a phone call. No one came to my house like u read in the paper. I got a single phone call. Was told he wouldnt help with gas or anything to do with transportation because of a dui i had that was 9years ago. I dont even drink and i havent sence i got that dui at 21 yrs old. I have 4 sons living in walworth co without transport or fuel money is impossable' its not like therez public transportation out here. I payed and went to all classes an was a valid driver it didnt matter to him tho.Then when i started crying the man on the phone asked if i took depressants in a very harsh voice. He then told me all he can do is send a gift card for food in the mail. Ive never asked for help after that. I never had felt so degraded for asking for help in my life. I wounder how many others were treated like this but not speaking up because he is well known in the area. Money is power n the root of all evil. Im not afaid no more. I will no longer allow anyone to degrade me and my family because were poor..

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Providing help to those who need it most. The Time is Now is a much needed organisation in our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful charity, who I first read about in the local paper where Sal writes a column about people in our community who have fallen on hard times and need help. The Time is Now not only helps them in the short term by paying a bill or buying food, but also helps them find more long term solutions to the situation they are in. I have been fortunate to meet Sal and his family and can attest to their compassion for all living things and their passion to help those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

We donate regularly to Time is Now because we know every penny goes to help those in legitimate need. I love that Sal personally visits the needy and checks them out for himself. He accounts for every dollar, and follows up on those he helps. A weekly newspaper article keeps us up to date on the ministry so we know what's currently happening. Love this ministry!

yvonne2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best non profit organizations not only serve their clients, but inspire those who see their work to make a difference as well. The Time is Now to Help provides tangible services to hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who find themselves in a place where they can no longer 'go it alone.' This organization gives the hand up when it is needed most, and often when all else has failed. They are seen as 'angels,' and indeed they show God's love through their compassionate and unselfish acts. It is not just about providing funds, but about providing friendship. Reading about the positive changes they bring about in others' lives inspires all of us who know this organization to try to do more when we encounter someone in need of help. Even the gift of a smile can make a difference to someone in the dark. Thank you the Time is Now to Help for making our world a kinder place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is a saying--none of us can help everyone, but all of us can help someone. The Time is Now has never lost sight of the individual, even while the ability of the organization grows to help more and more people struggling with poverty, homelessness and despair. The founders continue to be as involved today as they likely were with the very first person whose need captured their hearts. To be able to sustain the kind of compassion, grueling schedule and personal attention that is required to perform their loving work is a miracle in itself. On top of that, the founders and their organization work miracles in countless lives every year, and inspire the rest of us to help where we can.

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info196 09/20/2013

Thank you Yvonne for being the last review needed in 2013 to achieve our Top Nonprofit status. You are always an inspiration to us with your hard work and good heart. We know you know first hand the compassion, grueling schedule and personal attention required to fulfill the missions we have chosen. God Bless, Corinne

Client Served

Rating: 5

All that I can say is thank you! Sal is an Anointed man of God who serves his fellow man in the way that the Lord commanded us!! He helped us in a time of need and we are eternally thankful. You will never go wrong donating to the Time is Now! They are the best! Bob S.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name was given to Sal. My van was repossessed because I was out of work due to illness. Sal called me on a Sunday and I picked up a vehicle on Tuesday. THIS ORGANIZATION IS REAL! Thank you Sal and everyone else involved! God bless you all!
Deb Corrao

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been reading the letters that poor people send in for years. I finally had some extra money and in the letter I sent to The Time, I told them how I remembered as a child a poor neighbor that needed help. I always wondered what became of that neighbor and her young child. Sal sent me a handwritten thank you note for my donation. It really impressed me how he not only helps the poor but took the time to acknowledge me as a donor. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Time is now is truley and amazing place the help in time of need they've helped my mother with 2 cars in the past years and some other things they are truly a great non profit organization truly blessed to have them they have helped so much especially in my family

Kat_2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Time is Now to Help always seems to find those that might otherwise fall between the cracks. I wish I could give more to this amazing organization....and they aren't even in my state. I just appreciate their work that much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing grassroots effort. I first learned about The Time is Now on Facebook and am hoping to duplicate the effort in my county in Illinois. Thanks Sal, you are selfless in your actions and I'm proud to say we actually attended the same high school....of course I'm younger though!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know sal,I have never meant him before.BUT EVERYONE KNOWS OF SAL AND THE TIME IS NOW TO HELP. HE AND HIS CHARITY HAVE DONE MANY GREAT THINGS FOR ALOT OF PEOPLE. The charity work that they do is unheard of.

Melanie30

Client Served

Rating: 5

While my family and I had an extremely trying year and were facing eviction I searched and searched for some where to turn for help. It seemed we reached continuous dead ends when someone told me about The Time Is Now. I wrote a letter and continued to pray for some guidance, all the while telling myself if I didnt hear back, it just meant there was someone in a worse spot than we were. 4 days after mailing my letter, Sal came to my home and I knew at that moment our prayers were heard. I was in a state of shock and quite honestly still am. This is a group of people doing Gods work every day with nothing asked in return. They are amazing people and I feel blessed just to have met a man sent from God!!

Judith26

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several months ago I came on hard times when I had
To take temporary custody of my two nephews, I nearly lost my home, my car needed serious repair, we had little food to go around. With the time is now to help and it's group of caring and sharing people sal was able to provide my family major assistance that I can't even explain without it bringing tears to my eyes. He put us in a safe car, brought my utilities up to date, fed us,
Clothed us, and put our life back on track.
I sent a letter and three days went by and sal like an angel showed up at my home and saved us. He took away our hunger and our fears and helped us. I didn't even know people or
Charities like this really did anything. You hear stories about
Charities taking donations but never providing a helping hand to those in need. To my suprise, they really came to our aid!
I recommended this charity to one friend of mine and a stranger
Who unloaded some their struggles on me, and sal and the time is now
Came to their aid as well!
The time is now to help is a safe place and the answer to my prayers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't even know Sal but am in constant awe of what he and The Time Is Now is able to accomplish for those in need. The stories about those that are helped are just amazing, tear-jerking, and inspiring. The Time Is Now has changed the lives of so many people in need. Seeing Sal on CNN a couple years ago gave a view of the huge impact this charity has had on the community. This is one charity to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first saw Sal on CNN heroes a few years ago and fell in love with what he was doing. So many people are hurting across our Country and it's such a blessing to have The time is now helping out and assisting all these people in a time of need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first saw this Charity in CNN Heroes a few years ago and have been following them. What an amazing service they provide to broken people helping them get back on their feet. We need more groups like this around the Country and around the World to help the less fortunate get through hard times.

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Becky48

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been looking for a charity to support for a long time. I came across a story about Sal and his work through my church's Facebook page and was immediately inspired. As a new mom, every story of child abuse, suffering, neglect and hardship that I learn of breaks my heart just that much more. I pray for those children, but somehow wanted to do more. Sal was the answer to my prayers for doing more. By supporting The Time Is Now to Help, I feel a little closer to making a difference for those innocent children. God Bless!!