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Ginny O'Bryen Edwards

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Review for Transitional Programs for Women, Spokane, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I walked in to the Women's Drop-In Center (now The Women's Hearth) 7 years ago, a broken, homeless, parolee, with many mental-health and physical disabilities. I have never been the same since that day...I attended all the groups, participated in community service projects, art projects, poetry writing and publishing and many other opportunites that were presented to me. I have been blessed in more ways than I ever dreamed possible, from becoming outspoken in the community, to becoming an apartment manager, to graduating from mental health therapy (who'da thunk it?), to being able to be a positive example to others and able to 'be there' when called upon; whether it be to participate in the Regional Task-Force on Homelessness, speaking to colleges and universities, community service groups, national groups, or just being a listening, understanding, non-judgemental ear for another woman in flux. I have been encouraged to go beyond my comfort zone and discover the potentials that God had planned for me. I have been blessed to be part of a teaching/learning program about meth addiction and recovery with a book out on Amazon! Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the wonderful, exciting things I GET to do in this new life. God bless everyone at Transitions who were there for me and who continue to be there for others in need. Miracles happen there every day and I've personally seen them for myself. I am a miracle too. To anyone wanting to know more you can contact me at THE WOMEN'S HEARTH via MARY RATHERT, or at Transition's I will be more than delighted to share my experiences. This is the most worthy program I know of.

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

Been a recipient of the programs and learned to stand on my own. Now I'm able to not only reach out to other women, but I get to go out and teach in the community. My life...well, I HAVE a life!

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

$$$$$$$$$$ donate, donate, donate!.. The progress in the Transitions organization is phenominal as it is!

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

that I STILL get to be involved in many different capacities and will ALWAYS have a home there, no matter where my life's journey takes me. I've seen so many women reach their potentials because of this organization. Miracles every day.

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

EVERYONE has been kind, loving, understanding, helpful, encouraging, supportive, tolerant, patient, non-judgemental, eager, friendly, available, spiritual, fun, caring,.....etc. etc. etc.

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

Well, first of all our director could quit spending all her time writing for grants. We could institute some of the things on our wish list, ie medical help/sick room. Apt. programs, staying open longer hours, etc.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think my experience could have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

It's always money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Anyone who becomes involved in our programs, whether as a client or volunteer, or just a visitor, never leaves untouched for the better. It's amazing to see on a daily basis. GOD BLESS TRANSITIONS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & I began as a client, became a volunteer and eventually on a committee for the board of directors. I do whatever they ask of me with gratitude in my heart.