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Review for The Good People Fund, Millburn, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm the director and co-founder of Volunteers In Psychotherapy (VIP)-- and we're the happy recipients of yearly support from Naomi Eisenberger and the Good People Fund. We're a grass-roots organization providing free psychotherapy to people in exchange for volunteer work they provide to the charity or government agency of their choice. By working independently of insurance, no managed care company can demand reports about people's private discussions -- which is crucial to developing trust in discussing very personal matters which are typically the source of people's confusion, inner conflict and emotional upset. Also, so many people have no insurance, or insurance which will pay for psychoactive medication, but not personal discussions.

The GPF regularly checks with us about our progress and ways in which they can help us. Though their financial resources are limited and must be spread among many worthy causes, they sincerely and energetically strive to help organizations do good work helping people.

They have always listened to us for the specifics of difficulties we encounter doing our work. Most recently they even helped us to move in a new direction which should help therapists in other regions who've contacted us, inquiring about greater details of how VIP works, and asking for assistance in developing similar programs in their locales. [In the 14 years that we've run VIP, we've provided pro-bono consultations with over 100 therapists who've contacted us in this regard.] Now we're developing this program to "export" the VIP model to independent groups across the U.S. through ongoing consultations.

Not only has the GPF encouraged us in this initiative, they also provided matching funds for half the cost of the work. Beyond that, they have actively encouraged another "mental health" foundation to consider providing the other half of the funding. For a relatively small amount of money, VIP's approach could be used and modified by groups of therapists and other stakeholders in many areas.

This is just one example of the many instances in which Naomi took an interest in our work, our outreach to the community (last year Naomi brainstormed with us in optimizing the benefits of author Joanne Greenberg's [I Never Promised You a Rose Garden] generous offer to speak on VIP's behalf at a local university), our needs and our future plans.

The Good People Fund is worthy of many people's support! They've helped us and many other charitable programs, working efficiently, frugally, thoughtfully and passionately.

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