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Review for David William Feeney Fund, West Roxbury, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Mr. Feeney while tutoring in Mexico, where he was doing a bit of the same. Much of his time, though, was spent with the residents of Casa Paterna Divina, children whose families were under duress of various kinds. Mr. Feeney helped them with homework, taught English, sat with them through dinner, played outdoor games with them, and listened to their concerns. Once Mr. Feeney learned of the needs of the "home", he asked affluent members of the community to help supply those needs. The children needed mattresses, clothing, toys and warm clothes at Christmas, and nutritious food. I know that Mr. Feeney spent all of his own extra money on bringing comfort and cheer to the children of Casa Paterna Divina. He purchased socks, mittens, and scarves for each child, wrapped these as presents, and delivered them before the children left for the holiday. Mr. Feeney managed to get some toys donated to this institution. A separate example of Mr. Feeney's involvement with families in Mexico concerns an eight-year-old girl who had leukemia. Her parents were told that their daughter needed an organ transplant, and what the surgery would cost. As soon as Mr. Feeney learned of their plight, he set all of his tutoring students to work. They canvassed local shopping centers with jars and collected money to help defray the medical bills. The little girl did not survive, but her parents were overwhelmed when Mr. Feeney presented them not only with money collected, but cards of cheer and good wishes from his students. Mr. Feeney's efforts touched many lives with a positive force during the 2 years I was acquainted with him in Mexico. I believe he wishes to continue and enlarge his scope, to reach more children and give them cause for hope.

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

the response of the community to needs, once they are made known.

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

probably assign staff members to a few children each, and allow bonding to take place. Staff could be responsible for identifying needs of each child in his/her charge, and getting help in solving those needs.

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

the delight of children who have received something when they expected nothing.

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

caring, dedicated, serious about their mission.

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

build a clean, safe, private dormitory, school, playground, and cafeteria for children who are very distressed about their family situations.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more hands-on time with this group.

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

the lack of funding and staffing.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

no sponsor

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Role:  General Member of the Public & I donated money when possible.