My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sunset Youth Services, San Francisco, CA, USA
I support and volunteer with Sunset Youth Services because of their focused and incredibly effective work mentoring and providing services to the most at risk and forgotten youth and young adults in our city. The leadership at SYS provides that safe and emotionally healthy "forever family" that many of the young men and women that walk through their doors will honestly not find at very many nonprofits in the city serving this population.
Among the variety of services SYS provides to its youth and young adults, the ones that stand out to me are the intensive parent trainings, the vocational job development services and the performance art opportunities that SYS has created for these youth to grow and thrive in a positive environment
However, one of the main reasons I support SYS is because of their extensive case management and crisis intervention services. The SYS staff actually spend most of their days journeying with their clients through the really hard stuff - going with them to court, grieving with them when a family member is killed, advocating for them at special education school meetings, helping them find emergency housing, visiting them at the hospital, holding their hands through a mental health crisis, and the list goes on and on and on.
SYS provides a crucial safety net for these young men and women through its holistic family-centered approach, and in doing so, they are putting a stop to the pervasive school to prison pipeline every single day. Thank you Sunset Youth Services for your incredible work with one of our city's most vulnerable populations.
Review for Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
The work the Pomeroy Center does with children, teens, and adults with disabilities is a huge gift to the San Francisco area. Janet Pomeroy's original vision to get these children out of their isolation and institutions and into the community was groundbreaking. Today, the Pomeroy Center continues this pioneering effort through wonderful unique programs such as the live chicken farm and onsite farmers market vocational program, an amazing occupational therapy program including several specially designed sensory facilities, comprehensive therapeutic swimming programs for those with injuries or disabilities, an adapted computer lab, partnerships with many many community organizations allowing clients to go kayaking at Lake Merced or learn how to fish on-site, and the list goes on and on.
My child attends 6 days a week (after school and Saturday respite) all year long and he loves it. When other city programs could not accommodate his needs, the children and teens program filled that crucial gap for us - allowing him to both be independent and learn new skills at his unique level and have so much fun doing it. The staff at the aquatics program have also been amazing to accommodate his needs so he can participate in group classes with typical kids.
Thank you PRRC for being there for us and other families when we didn't know where to go. Thank you for being here for the children teens and adults with disabilities in our community so they can TRULY thrive.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
GIve them more resources and facilities so they could accommodate even more clients!