To the Staff and Volunteers at Irving Cares:
Moved. Touched. Inspired! Those are the feelings I came away with after a morning spent at Irving Cares this week. I am so amazed by not only the many and varied resources available here, but also by the active participation of your community, businesses and individuals alike, working together to bring a ray of light and hope into the lives of your Irving neighbors who might find themselves in need of a helping hand.
After a quick tour of the facility, I had the privilege of seeing the impressive food bank in action, attending one of the Wednesday Job Search workshops, and sitting in on a case interview. I met some of the wonderful, dedicated people of Irving Cares who make this non profit organization such a growing success, and whose spirit of genuine care, concern, and respect, is positively uplifting.
Irving Cares, thank you for sharing your morning -- and your vision with me. Keep up the good work!
Sorry to see so many excellent reviews when I had such a lousy experience with this place. I was in the Irving hospital, missed a few weeks of work at my Irving-based job, and needed help paying bills for the Irving house that I rent. Just for one month. It didn't matter that I've lived in Irving all my life (over 50 years). It didn't matter than my family has been here since the 1940s. They refused to help me because I don't have a lease.
Helping Irving residents in need? I don't think so. I won't ask them for help again and I certainly won't be recommending them to anyone else.
Irving Cares goal of "a hand up, not a hand out" says it all to me. They make amazing things happen with the thinnest of resources, and the biggest of hearts and heads from a very small staff and an expanding group of volunteers. Every dollar matters, every jar of peanut butter given matters, and they make sure of it. They are changing lives every single day in ways that restore dignity and trust and faith, and they bring about healing and hope because of it. The number of people living below the poverty level (or barely at it) isn't shrinking in our community. That weighs heavily on the hearts of the staff and volunteers that are Irving Cares every single day.
Irving Cares provides a beyond-vital service to the community - they truly make a difference, they are committed to their cause, they look for ways to reach beyond those they can serve directly. They truly preach and believe that it is a "hand up" and not a "hand out" and they are truly making a difference. The lives they touch, touch many other lives. It is amazing what they accomplish with such a small staff, but they make every hour and every penny count. Their volunteers are beyond committed. They truly are an extension of the staff's priorities, with the community's best interests at heart. All truly exemplify true servant leadership.
I have been involved with Irving Cares for several years. This organization really has a big heart that reaches out to anyone that comes through their door. The staff is wonderful. It is a volunteer driven organization of Irving people helping Irving people. It is a true example of a community helping each other. This place changes and makes Irving a better place. I am proud to be associated with a place like this.
This organization makes an impact on the lives of over 1500 individuals and families a month. This place gets it, a hand up, not a hand out, what a strong motto. i have seen this organization, feed families, help get people employed, door to door transportation for medical needs, and just pat on the back and hug when people need it. i live in Irving and i see the direct impact it has on my neighbors and the children my kids go to school with. this place gives me hope for tomorrow
I am a former board member of Irving Cares, and I can tell you first hand of the good work that they do everyday. During my time there I heard so many inspiring stories about the help they have given to community members - help that has long, sustaining benefits. The help they provide isn't just about day-to-day support, it is focused on helping people move up and move ahead. This organization is an asset to the Irving Community and a model for non-profits.
Irving Cares motto of "It's not a hand out, it's a hand up" continues to resonate very strongly with me from my first encounter with this agency several years back to today. I always feel my volunteer time and money is best used when I give to Irving Cares. I have donated money to Irving Cares and served on their board in the past.