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Review for Baldwin Center Inc, Pontiac, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am highly impressed at the number of services Baldwin Center provides for those who are under-served in the community of Pontiac, MI. Adults enjoy ESL and fitness classes. They receive emergency funding when monies are available. And, the homeless are provided opportunity to have showers, birthday gifts, layettes for new babies, and clothing from Baldwin's Clothing Closet. Youth receive tutoring, day camp, trips, back-to-school backpacks, and special events among many educational and fun programs. We have a connection with Oakland University that gives them vision into the future and hope for success. Meals are served to hundreds of people daily. Lunches and breakfasts are hearty and generous. Almost all programs on site include a meal. Baldwin enjoys the services of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life. When I retired two years ago, I left my heart with the people on staff and especially those we served.

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

my counseling sessions where people learned much about relating to others and managing in the community. Life skills were taught and demonstrated to me by behavior management as well as progress within family and work settings. I have received notes and letters of thanks for taking time to be caring and encouraging.

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

encourage people to give more of their time to the administration of the agency. By this, I mean enlarge the Board of Directors with skilled people and suggest that a structure be created wherein mature employees could offer their funding and financial skills. These areas are crucial and deserve compensation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through Americorps at Oakland University.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Feed and equip the poor and under served in Pontiac, MI

What is its top priority in the long run?

Guide people into being independent and prioritizing their choices in life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & I worked at Baldwin Center for 11 & 1/4 years. I was a licensed adult counselor priveleged to provide one-on-one time with the guests who ate in Baldwin's Soup Kitchen and used their laundry program among and other services.