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Review for St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Parish Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Through the years, St Vincent de Paul PHOENIX AZ has helped me helped others on THREE separate occasions. All three situations were immediate need and they said, just come down, and don't worry. And they helped me help these others! From a bus ticket and long distance call (yes long ago) to get a run away I "found" in Mexico back to her family in Oregon, to clothing an entire family of three ("Just go get a week's worth of clothes") so they could find jobs and go to school (yes they had NO CLOTHES! and we're "trapped" remotely") to helping someone with their electric bill.

Last night, my friends and I went to SERVE the homeless for dinner service with dignity and respect. It was amazing.

Look up THIS organization's 990 and you will see they keep just under 10% of money donations. 90% goes to those they serve. Their HUGE staff are unpaid volunteers. I am NOT Catholic but THIS is my favorite LARGE charity. I give everything to them when I "clean house" including vehicles and tractors. They are the charity EVERY one should try to emulate!

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Review for The Coming Home Project, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

This "organization" is self serving. Notice that STAFF & REPEAT attendees (a few) are oozing with the positive reviews. Told this would be peaceful and private, I traveled from Arizona to California (on my dime) to attend. Immediately a REPORTER was "embedded" with us and we were asked to sign releases. I did not wish to be photographed. I asked 3 questions and "volunteers" surrounded me CULT-LIKE. It was CREEPY. I am in a wheelchair, so not really an issue to anyone. Another girl echoed my concerns and agreed she would like the answer to the questions as well. She was "surrounded" Realize we (vets) were all sitting and they (volunteers) were all standing. The meeting introducing the reporter was adjourned and we went back to our shared rooms. "Volunteers" came to our room, surrounded my roommate and escorted her out. Bobrow came in and wanted me to sign papers that I wanted to leave. I didn't want to leave, just didn't want to be in the newspaper or TV. He kept pressuring me, using phsychological pressure techniques (I am a medical professional and recognize these techniques. They are ones you are taught NEVER to use on patients or traumatized people). He finally said I had to leave immediately. The "volunteers" continued to flock around and I was not allowed to say goodbye to new friends I had made or even my room mate. So, they never knew what happened to me and the other woman, a potent message to NOT ask any questions. As I left in my vehicle, I saw the other woman walking and crying with her suitcase. I was crying as well, not understanding what I had done wrong. The expectation was peaceful healing, the result was more trauma to add to my already traumatized situation due to OIF/OIF. Bobrow & his paid volunteers travel ON YOUR MONEY from fabulous place to fabulous place, rent out the entire place and then dupe Local volunteers to help. They fund themselves and have veterans, family and now "caregivers" attend. As long as you serve their purpose and they get their donor money for you, all is good. It is all about money. They scarred me and I am sure that other woman FOR LIFE with their tactics. It's unbelievable that these type of people are allowed to continue to function and collect good people's money.for their own gain. Good hearted people beware.

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