My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Good Seed Good Ground, Newport News, VA, USA
I first learned of this organization from Police Chief Susie Mowry of the Newport News Police Department. She said that there was a new organization that was highly motivated, had a good plan, and was doing a lot of good things in the community. She suggested that I meet with Renita Parker because she thought that our organizations had some things in common.
Good Seed Good Ground (GSGG) is a Community Based 501 C3 Non Profit organization whose focus is to help the less fortunate members of the community to become self-sustaining, productive citizens. Her primary focus is job training and job placement for youth, adults, and ex-offenders. It is the belief of GSGG that if the members of the community are employed there will be less crime, more family cohesiveness, and a healthier community overall.
As Community Liaison for Gospel Light Cares, Inc our paths have crossed with Renita Parker, Executive Director, GSGG on many occasions. We serve together on several community organizations and on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Community Weed and Seed, Inc. She is a " no-nonsense, let's get the job done individual".
I referred six youth to her program, all of whom were hired at Busch Gardens, and she arranged transporation for all of them. She is unselfish in sharing resources and contact information. She pulls her weight on various committes and takes the initiative to be creative and proactive. I recall taking an individual to her agency to seek employment...she was in the process of closing for the day, but remained open to assist the client with the application process.
I have assisted her with two Job Fairs. Both were well organized and well attended. Her heart is in her work and she goes above and beyond the call of duty, plus her agency is located in the heart of a poverty striken community where her services are in dire need. Many people in this community would go hungary if it was not for the work of GSGG.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Knowing first hand that people are getting jobs. Needy members of the community are receiving food and clothes. People are appropiately being referred to other sources that they would have not otherwise had knowledge of. Clients that present for assistance leave smiling because of the love and support of GSGG. TheDaily Press quoted youth as saying they stayed off the streets and out of trouble by working; others were able to help their parents to pay bills, or had their own money to buy school clothes.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would seek funding to hire an additional staff member to increase the number of hours the agency is open, and to hire a parttime person for marketing. I would also invest in a few more new computers and another printer.
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Most agencies do not want anything to do with ex offenders. It is the belief of GSGG that everyone deserves a second chance. If a person has served hi/her time that should have the opportunity to work and live in suitable housing in order to provide for themselves and their families. Without this opportunity there will be an increase in recidivism, families will be fracthred, and crime will increase. Some agencies will help you to find a job, but will not help with transportation. Transportation is a major problem for members of this community.
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