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dctonkovich

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Review for Teen Feed, Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Teen Feed is amazing!!! Thanks to Teen Feed, youth living on the streets know that they can get a hot, healthy dinner 365 days of the year--that Teen Feed will always be there for them. But youth come to Teen Feed for so much more than the food. Teen Feed is a safe, cozy welcoming place--free from any judgment or drama--where youth can hang out with friends. Equally important, it is a place where teens can talk with caring adults: volunteer advocates and Teen Feed Case Managers-- who can connect these teens to the services they need to move off the streets. Every night, Teen Feed also offers teens countless hygiene items and clothing.

Teen Feed understands how to run an effective youth program. Teen Feed has very specific rules for the teen guests; rules that are strictly enforced to assure that Teen Feed remains a safe place for everyone. The coolest part is: Teen Feed is very upfront with the rules--explaining them to every new guest. And because guests know that Teen Feed is their ally, they consistently respect the rules. Youth love Teen Feed.

Also impressive is the financial picture. Teen Feed meals are prepared and served by volunteer meal teams. The meal teams also do the shopping and donate the food to the program. The adult "advocates" who sit and eat with the guests are all volunteers; so are the "allies" who pass out hygiene items. Even the dining room spaces are donated.

Teen Feed volunteers stay with the organization for years because they know they are doing awesome work, and because they know they are appreciated. Teen Feed thanks its volunteers every single day. It feels good to volunteer there.

Teen Feed also employs amazing people who are so dedicated to working with youth living on the streets. Teen Feed professionals are an incredibly knowledgeable, skilled, hard-working group passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth.

Lastly, Teen Feed services go beyond the meal experience. Teen Feed does street outreach to find those kids who may not be aware of the services available. Teen Feed also offers daytime case management. In short, Teen Feed begins with a meal but its ultimate mission is providing youth with the opportunities they need to be personally and professionally successful in life off the streets.

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

let the current Teen Feed professionals decide what those changes should be since they appear to be right on track.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer