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Top Nonprofit Of The Month Helping Needy Families (VOTE)

First Posted: 12/21/11 09:03 AM ET   Updated: 12/21/11 09:03 AM ET

Many lesser-known nonprofits nationwide are making all the difference for needy families who can't afford food, clothes and other basics this holiday season. And we at HuffPost Impact salute you.

As our first installment of the Top Nonprofit Of The Month contest, in combination with Greatnonprofits.org, we're showcasing 10 outstanding, lesser-known nonprofits that are helping struggling families.

Check out the personal testimonies from real families who have received help, and cast your vote for the nonprofit you think is doing the most for families in need.

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A testimony from Jared B. about Friendship Shelter, an organization which helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become productive members of their communities.

"Friendship Shelter gave me the opportunity not only to get back on my feet but also the confidence again to be successful. When I entered the program back in Feb. 2011 I was broken down by life. I needed a place to live and a someone to give me a chance to rebuild my life. The program offered by Friendship Shelter gave me a safe and healthy location to rejuvenate my spirit. As I followed the program I was able to gain the desire to become self-sufficient again. I was able to find a job and began saving money. In just over 90 days I was able to move to an apartment and continue my growth forward. Today I'm heading up a division of a local company and feel extremely blessed for the opportunity the Friendship Shelter gave me. I'm happier today than I've been in years!!"
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