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Review for HANNA BOYS CENTER, Sonoma, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma is a special place. As a volunteer board member, my assessment is naturally influenced by many years of personal experience and interaction at Hanna Center. This extraordinary residential school and treatment center -- and fully accredited high school -- provides education, hope and security for boys who feel they have no hope in life. Professional staff and educators inspire pride and accountability through spiritual guidance and a strong sense of family, in a challenging, nurturing environment. In sixty years of existence -- through residential treatment, classrooms, religion, scholarship assistance and dedicated follow-on contact -- Hanna has become the lifetime family for thousands of underprivileged and under-appreciated young men. Governed with transparency and fiscal responsibility by a board that is comprised of professionals in the fields of child care, financial planning, education, business, strategic planning and the law, Hanna Center relies on private donations, and not government or church funds.

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

the pride and sense of accomplishment of current Hanna students, and from proud Hanna graduates.

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

Maintain the energy and commitment from staff and board members.

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

Seeing the results of Hanna's positive, motivating approach in former boys who are now well adjusted and productive adults.

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

Inspiring. Talented. Unselfish. Generous.

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

Expand the infrastructure -- both staff and facilities -- to provide Hanna's services to a greater number of boys.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and money to donate to the program.

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

Dependence on public donations to maintain our successful program during difficult economic times.

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

As social and economic pressures continue to threaten the lives of families and their children, there is even greater need for a place like Hanna Center.

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Retired Travel & Hospitality Industry Executive

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Role:  Board Member & Help communicate Hanna's education and treatment message to boys and their families. Also, help to raise funds, provide board guidance and oversight.