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

Rating: 5 stars  

I became a Board member after years of volunteering for A-SPAN. With my dual insight into the needs and difficulties those facing life without a home encounter, I understand the importance of A-SPAN's many approaches to service. A-SPAN employees and volunteers are trusted by all constituencies as a group of people who respect their clients, support the community at large, and work with the county government to resolve the issue of those who are without a home. A-SPAN is very effectively led by a dedicated director and staff. Those who receive A-SPAN's help are always grateful and often empowered to move back into a home on which to build a recovery. Whether serving warm soup on a cold day or counseling a client about how to resolve medical issues or moving someone into a real home, the A-SPAN community is an asset to our county. The personal touch that A-SPAN always provides is its ultimate strength.

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

watching the trusting faces of the homeless as they approach the A-SPAN workers and volunteers. Those without a home somehow feel very comfortable with A-SPAN workers.

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

guarantee greater predictable funding so that A-SPAN did not need to spend so much time fundraising.

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How did you learn about this organization?

My neighbor started it 20 years ago

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Establishing a comprehensive homeless services center year round.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Housing every Arlingtonian appropriately.

Role:  Board Member & Serve meals on the street. Provide a present for every homeless person on the street at holiday time--for 20 years now.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

A-SPAN began to emerge as a force for kind and dependable service to the homeless in our county many years ago. It started with a simple question,"What do people without ANYTHING need most?" and proceeded to answer systematically. While food and shelter come to mind, the first order of business for ASPAN has always been dignity and dependability--products delivered simultaneously with warm soup and showers and good counsel. ASPAN solves individual problems, case by case, while keeping an eye on the larger social issues with heartfelt advocacy and energetic fund raising. I am continually impressed with ASPAN's sincere activity in behalf of an almost invisible, even more silent, but frighteningly increasing community.

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

the shy smiles of the very hungry, very lonely, sometimes embarrassed, sometimes cheerful, mostly polite, frequently grateful consumers of each evening meal that is served on the street.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my recent insider information as a Board member about how earnest and dedicated the staff is to ASPAN clients. Infusions of highly innovative staff to work with seasoned professionals have brought vitality and visibility to the community at large.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and committed to being a presence in the lives of people who are frequently invisible and seemingly inconsequential. Volunteers are passionately loyal, scrambling for opportunities to work, in blizzards and in thunderstorms.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

initially establish a Year Round Shelter to meet a perpetually obvious need and then build/create more possibilities for people who live "outside" to come in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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Role:  Volunteer & I have been a volunteer on the streets in the evening, an advocate in community conversations about homelessness, a benefactor in arranging holiday gifts for all the homeless ASPAN knows , and currently also a Board Member.