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Review for Family Service Association of Redlands, Redlands, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Family Service Association of Redlands was founded in 1898 and has served the community continually for more than 112 years. The organization is a non-profit organization that serves needy families and individuals in Redlands, California and surrounding communities, providing food, clothing, and housing assistance plus counseling and educational services,

What differentiates the Family Service Association of Redlands from other similar organizations are the counseling and educational services designed to provide a good foundation on which the clients can begin to rebuild their lives.

During the current economic downturn the Family Service Association has been able to expand the volunteer services provided by individuals from many local schools, businesses, and service organizations to meet the increased need of its clients. These volunteers reflect the attitude of the local community toward those toward those having financial hardship due to the economy.

Significant funding to support the services provided by the Family Service Organization has previously come from government grants, but funding for many of those grants is being reduced or eliminated as government agency budgets are cut. Private donations and grants are becoming more importing sources of the income required to provide the services offered by the organization.

The Family Service Association of Redlands has a well established record of providing services to those in need. As the number served has increased and the diversity of these clients has broadened, the ability of the organization to recognize the changing needs of the client community and restructure the types of services provided has proved to be a valuable asset.

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

Having spent nearly 100o hours volunteering during the past two years I have seen individuals and families in need and have witnessed their gratitude when they received the goods and services needed at that moment in their lives. Volunteering has, in a small way, has helped me better understand how the economy can devastate the lives of others.

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

The organization is made up of a small group of dedicated employees who are assisted by a very large group of volunteers. The only change that I would make to the organization would be to increase the number case workers who directly interface with the clients to determine their needs and identify the services to be provided. Unfortunately, adding staff members requires additional funding at a time when competition for funds is increasing.

Role:  Board Member & I have woked with food distribution during holiday periods and coordinated a toy drive and distribution program that provided toys and book to more than 1500 children .