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The Time Is Now to Help

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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

67 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!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't usually write reviews for organizations, companies or products ... however I can't say it enough... Sal Dimiceli is by true definition a HERO. I had the honor of personally meeting him in 2008 when I volunteered at a local Lions Club. He was a guest speaker, sharing his personal story of growing up in poverty, his devotion to himself and Our Lord, giving insight on the Charity he began more than 20yrs ago, The Time Is Now to Help. Last year, I reached out to him, this time because I had nowhere else to turn. I was desperate, unable to care for my granddaughter's, needs like medical care and clothing/ food. She was 3yr old, diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Sensitivities and constant panic attacks. I have legal custody of her and being a single grandmother, I am her ONLY care-giver. Her father had died shortly after her 1st birthday and her mother was struggling with her own issues. I was unable to hold steady employment because I couldn't find childcare. She was in 2 different centers, however BOTH Director's ask that I find more 'suitable' providers that are better trained to care for disabled children. Unfortunately, there are none in the area where we live. I worked closely with the local school district for 8 wks and eventually she qualified for the Early Child Program (Special Education). She was given a great opportunity that would help in so many ways However, financial problems were making it difficult for me to give her the help she needed...I WAS WITHOUT A VEHICLE FOR 12 MONTHS. There is NO public transportation in the rural area we lived in. Moving wasn't an option since the School District had the best program for her needs. Also financially strapped, coming up with the costs of moving wasn't an option either. After writing a letter to Sal, it was atleast 3 wks before I heard from him. Meanwhile, I had given up hope, thought I was facing another rejection. A few days before Christmas, I get the call that has forever changed our lives. Understanding now, why it took as long as it did, I am grateful to the businesses & individuals who contribute to this fantastic Charity. Donations are used in the SAME area where there is a NEED. When I wrote a letter to Time Is Now to Help, funds were low where I live, the reason it took awhile for a return call. Sal does ask ALOT of questions, he digs deep into personal and financial matters. He is cautious with every phone call and letter he gets. There are so many who write to him, the need is often times greater than the help that can be given. As much as Sal would love to help every person he meets or talks to, its impossible. If he weren't cautious, if he didn't dig deep... this Charity would't have the success it does. Donors would be hesitant, communities wouldn't be as confident, everybody would wonder what the funds are being used for, who is being helped, did money go to those truly in need or was fraud involved? Nobody needs to question this Charity, without a doubt every $$$ goes towards giving families/individuals HOPE when once there was none. Christmas Eve, I picked up my new vehicle, with the help of so many. My granddaughter has received the medical care she needs from neuropsychologists, therapists, pediatric dentists (oral surgeons) . She will be entering 4K in September. Another example of how Sal Dimiceli impacts the lives of so many.

Ricky J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no better charity in the area than The Time To Help Is Now or a more selfless man than Sal Dimiceli. This man nor only those that can't help themselves but donates 20% of the profits from his real estate business to the cause as well as having put several millions of his own money. Not only did he help my wife and I when we couldn't afford to fix our car but also runs a homeless shelter, pays utility bills and puts food in empty pantries. On top of that he does not expect others to do all the work. He personally visits the unfortunate people who need his help and drives them to the store, utility, or wherever necessary to provide assistance. He has also instilled the gift of charity to his children who are following in his footsteps to serve this poorly under served community. Besides my wife and I he has helped no less that at least 5 other members in our community we know personally. Some men just talk the talk but Sal and his charity walk the walk and truly give of themselves 7 days a week. He deserved the CNN nomination for person of the year several years ago and deserves the recognition.

1 Emily130

Donor

Rating: 5

The Time is Now to Help is a well respected non profit organization in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area, with a proven track record of providing genuine, thoughtful help to those in need. The organization is run by a leader who has integrity and is accountable in a responsible way to make sure the donor dollars and volunteer resources are streamlined to offer substantial, life changing help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provided invaluable assistance to me...as a working single mother, any unforseen expense can be detrimental to our living situation.....I would be homeless if it were not for Sal...they also helped with back to school clothes, supplies, etc. for my kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were able to get my car back on the road and catch me up on my rent. I never expected that kind of help that also kept my dignity in tact. Thank you.

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.

Previous Stories

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.

Comments ( 1 )

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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.