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nana1139

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Review for Providence Place, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

As a Board member at Methodist Mission Home for over twelve years I have seen the difference it makes in young lives. Its Southwest Center for Higher Independence program has helped hundreds of young men and women with multiple disabilities to reach their potential. Through the assessment program, the job training classes and the dedicated work of the MMH staff these young people are able to overcome personal limitations and become productive citizens of their communities. At the annual graduation I have heard over and over the stories of the students who come to MMH in search of a better future..Many have never been away from home before, some have social behavior issues and attitude problems, all feel helpless to move ahead. But the joy that they feel having learned to live independently, to understand the responsibility of having a job and doing it well, and the special reward of making friends is awesome. Simple goals of a job caring for plants at Home Depot or having friends to have fun with bring endless joy to these students. One young man loved his job so much that he road the bus to work on Sat., his day off. It was so important to his life. These may seem like small accomplishments to most of us but believe me it changes the world for these young people. Of course like all non-profits it is a continual funding battle..MMH relies on it's donors and receives a portion of its fees from a state agency--which leaves us vulverable to the political state of affairs. I believe in this program and in the value it brings to the individuals it helps and to the communities in which they live and work.

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

the contact with the programs through Board meetings, campus visits, the annual Graduation Ceremony and hearing the stories of the students from them.

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

find more funds so more young people could be a part of the programs.

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

Absolutely---seeing these young people who are so proud of their accomplishments and seeing their families pride in them. Knowing they have a better life ahead of them.

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

Dedicated....caring....extraordinary... they think outside the box...creative..

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

Increase the scope of its job training services; serve many many more young people with needs; hire more staff to help with increased programs; communicate its work to the community;

Ways to make it better...

We did not have to focus so much time on funding and financial and could do more in the program areas.

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

continued solid funding base

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

Methodist Mission Home and its programs offers hope to a population of young people that sometimes do not have the resources to find the help that can change their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Board Member & Served as Chair Elect, Chair, Past Chair of Board; Executive Committee member 12 yrs, various fund raising efforts, outreach programs, Have spent much time on the campus over the past years and seen up close the function of the programs.