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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

18 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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of Sals column he writes for years, and can relate to his story, and promise to God,I am the youngest of 11 children and was raised in the south, by a woman I grew to admire more and more as I grew older, my Mother Dorothy Allen Pilgrim, I always dreamed about pampering her and making her life easier my father passed when I was 6 months old, and left her to raise 11 children alone I remember setting under a shade tree as my Mother work picking or chopping cotton in hot southern heat to put food on the table for all of us, needless to say we were very poor, but she raised 11 children although she couldn't give us much, she did teach us all to be kind hard working God Loving adults,that's why I can relate to his story, I always thought if I could het the lotto I would love to give a poor family as many as possible help,enough about me and why I'm a fan of his work like the Women said Good Neighbor’ isn’t enough to describe Sal,”
he is deserving of such high praise. “of being called a hero he deserves a higher praise ,of being called a Angel of God ,I call him my Guardian Angel I was praying for God to help me find a way to get back on track with all my living expenses, my home was about to go into forecloser, my utilities were all behind I had no clue who or where to turn to my Job is a stay at home care giver for my disabled daughter and husband and two of my Grandchildren ,and I had gotten sick my self and was in the hospital for a few weeks ,I'm paid to care for my daughter, I have no sick days or Medical leave pay ,being sick I missed 2 months pay the next morning after praying for God to show me away I had stopped at the gas station, and grabbed the paper like always and it was opened to the page with the time is now story, I thank God and his Angel Sal .

1 Donna187

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a paraplegic and The Time Is Now To Help has helped him immensely. They got him a new wheelchair that was much need and helped get repairs done on his accessible van.
This organization has been a blessing to so many people in need.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations I have ever had dealt with. I reached out to them for help with my son obtaining a wheelchair and received a call back within a couple days. Sal not only took much time to talk with me and my son, he bought my son Michael a brand new wheelchair and had much needed repairs on his van taken care of so my son would have a safe van to travel with his daughters and back and forth from doctors appointments. I had the opportunity to meet Sal and his family and the love they have for people I can't even express. So loving, giving, caring, devotion, selfless and God fearing people. God Bless them and the works that they are doing!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would be homeless if it was not for the time is now they are generous beyond anything you could imagine they are truly the hands and feet of Jesus

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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.

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.

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..

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

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

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.