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Norma K.

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Review for Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc., Johnson City, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

New life is born at Samaritan Ministry. Some years ago, a group of churches in the Greater Washington Area…now 45 parishes…came together out of a common concern: The jobless, homeless, hungry who knocked on their doors seeking help, needed more than a handout. They needed a hand up to break out of the cycle of poverty, the hopelessness that engulfed them. Out of their common concern, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington came to be. At Samaritan Ministry not only is their immediate need addressed, they also are introduced to Next Steps and a path to life.

Next Steps is a unique self-help program for participants in need, promoting change, dignity, and self-reliance by assisting in accomplishing their goals. Goals involve employment, housing, family life, and medical or addiction issues. At the Samaritan Offices in Northwest and Southeast D.C. and Arlington, VA, program participants receive counseling, develop job skills, construct resumes, practice interviews, are helped with business attire and in finding housing. While these supports are essential to making the transition to a new life, perhaps even more important is the counseling and support participants receive from skilled caseworkers in self-reliance and their responsibility for changing. Participants’ testimony about Next Steps and transitioning to a new life truly reflects that a new life is born.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Role:  Volunteer

Review for Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, Inc., Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For many years, I saw A-SPAN deliver brown bag supper to the street people gathered across the street from my church. The street people in the park could count on A-SPAN's presence every day, every month of the year, whatever the the blistering heat, bitter cold, rain, sleet, or snow. A-SPAN always goes one step further, approaching my church to establish a partnership that provides its clients a space where they can eat their meal with dignity, sheltered from the elements.

And A-SPAN went one step further again, providing their clients gathered for the evening meal, access to caseworkers, clothing, medical care, a shower and a place to do their laundry. And A-SPAN goes one step further still, working to place their clients in their own apartment. The power of having a place to call your own, was particularly brought home to me this spring when A-SPAN found an apartment for a member of our parish, who lived on the streets for many years, a place where he could live with dignity in the months before his death.

A-SPAN is a lifeline for so many who have none.

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Role:  Donor

Review for AAUW, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

During past decades when many historic women's organizations became more formality than substance, AAUW never lost sight of its mission - to advocate for women - for equity - for opportunity - for justice. I found my participation in AAUW over many decades meaningful and thus satisfying.

Today I am an active member of AAUW's Lobby Corps. As we visit Congressional Offices weekly advocating for pay equity, for educational opportunity, for the dream act, for social network protections for women, I feel a special pride in AAUW and in my volunteering.

AAUW appears to be one of the very few - perhaps the only - national organization headquartered in the nation's Capitol, which sends volunteer advocates to Congressional offices week after week after week to carry out the organization's mission. The skill with which it does this with very limited resources is a visible testament to its commitment and its perseverance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...such victories as the Lily Ledbetter Act.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would implement strategies to make local members aware ongoing of our reception - especially our positive reception - in the offices of their Members of Congress.

Role:  Volunteer & I advocate for equity every week that Congress is in session.