My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Community Involvement Programs, Minneapolis, MN, USA
I joined the CIP family in November of 2003. I have been in and out of group homes for a couple decades now (I am 46 years old), and nothing really worked out for me.
CIP makes sure that its participants/clients are well taken care of. We had weekly visits by a staff person (who is qualified and proficient in matters of mental illness) and I received help when I needed it or wanted it.
I have been in and out of hospitals for mental health reasons over time, and CIP never turned its back on me, like I have been done to before at other similar residences. They had a nurse who came buy every week to make sure that I was taking my medication as prescribed and head off another trip to the hospital when I was down and in trouble mentally.
If it wasn't for CIP, I would no longer be in this world. They have been a home to me, and I am eternally grateful for them.
If I were to pick one item where they could improve upon (hard to do because they do many things very well), it would be nice to do a monthly outing for all the residents, like to see a movie or whatnot. Already, they have taken us at my house to the State Fair last year and it was a blast. However, as happens in many non-profits, money can be a problem.
CIP also helps me spiritually as well. Jaime, the CIP volunteer coordinator, hooked me up with a nice retired couple who take me to church every Sunday. Can't beat that!
In summary, CIP is an awesome non-profit, and if there were more of them in the world, we would all benefit greatly.