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Tony Mclovin

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Review for Project Homeless Connect, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After volunteering for the morning shift of Project Homeless Connect on February 11, 2009 I was taken back by both the turnout of those in need, as well as the wide range of services offered. At the end of my shift I had mixed feelings about the event. There were many things I liked. I thought it was well organized and had a lot of crucial services that would be hard to obtain for the homeless population otherwise. Additionally, it was obvious that this was not only appreciated by the local community, but supported by as well through volunteer hours and donations. I think if we had to choose, it would be better to have Project Homeless Connect every two months, than to have a clinic with regular hours. I think this because with so many services available in one spot, there is a better chance that this will get the homeless all the services they need, versus just one service attended to at the clinic. Lastly, I believe that this event helps to alleviate homelessness, rather than reinforce it. I think many of the clients saw this as a chance to get parts of their lives together and get moving on the right track. However, there are also some things I thought could be improved upon. While I was working the check-in area I noticed that the two most demanded services were dental and vision work. But, these two services were the first ones that were overbooked and became unavailable. I think time and money could be better spent expanding those two services. Additionally, I don’t think that this type of healthcare would work for the whole community. First, I don’t think there would b enough consistent volunteers or donations to support the event for everyone who lived in the city. Secondly, I think that there would be a big demand for specialists that could not be supplied. I believe that this is a crucial event for the homeless population of San Francisco and that as it continues things will progressively improve and become more efficient.

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

I saw the results in the instant gratification of those who were in need. In particular, one family who was extremely grateful.

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

Try to "beef up" the dental and vision areas of the event, because they were in such high demand.

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

The better understanding of the homeless community and their needs.

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

A wide range of people from homeless to doctors. You could tell everyone there had a passion to be helpling.

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

possibly alleviate homelessness not only in San Francisco, but in the whole bay area.

Ways to make it better...

I dont think much could have made it better. More hands on work would have been nice, but I hope to get that as I advance in nursing school/

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

trying to accommodate all the variety of needs of the homeless.

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

its a great chance to give back to the community if you ever get the chance!

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

USF School of Nursing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I worked in the check-in, as well as escorting and family services.