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

Rating: 5 stars  

Lina-Mara Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Critical Evaluation: With the economy at its ultimate low and the unfortunate times under way, it is an inspiration to witness the humanity of Project Homeless Connect (P.H.C.). I had the privilege of volunteering for the first time and getting a first hand look at the collective processes and team effort that keeps the program running efficiently. My experience in taking part in such an exceptional program, as a check-in volunteer, has provided me with a greater, more holistic perspective over this rising issue of homelessness in our society. Providing free under-one-roof comprehensive services for an overwhelming population of homeless individuals, as well as families, definitely is one of the much needed steps toward ameliorating homelessness. While some may feel that providing numerous services for the homeless population every few months actually reinforces homelessness, it is necessary to consider the homeless as humans--whether they are fortunate enough to provide for themselves and/or their families or not-- humanity and humility are terms that mean a lot more when they are observed in action. This idea of taking action is an area that we ought to be more concerned with, rather than the idea of reinforcing homelessness. In these rough times, it is necessary for us to be thankful for the blessings that surround us, as well as be generous by serving such blessings to those in need. My experience has taught me that a little effort from a lot of volunteers and dedicated staff goes a long way. Although clinics may serve as another form of care, ultimately I believe P.H.C. is a genius project that aims to serve as many as possible, with a wide range of services and a large group of compassionate volunteers and staff. The key to this project is not to get people off the street as much as it is to show people that humility still exists in the midst of their struggles. My experience with the various clients, was nothing short of life changing. To come face to face with homelessness as opposed to judging from the outside, granted me much needed perspective and understanding. My passion to serve my fellow people is a passion that has been largely nurtured by P.H.C. Although the issues facing the homeless population are not easy to tackle and overcome, it is reassuring to know that efforts to serve will not die off--not as long as P.H.C. leads the way. Progress demands action--which is the essence of Project Homeless Connect.

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

the tremendous amount of individuals who received a variety of services.

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

have an area dedicated to counseling and simply "talk" therapy.

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

the rewarding interpersonal interactions with the clients.

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

some of the most inspirational people I've ever met.

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

change the world and lead the change.

Ways to make it better...

I could have talked longer with each client.

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

money and the ratio of homeless clients to the number of tickets available.

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

I love PHC.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

University of San Francisco

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I worked as a Check In volunteer.