Where has the year gone? It doesn’t quite feel like we should be so in the midst of the 2021 holiday season, yet.
November is often referred to as “gratitude month”. We see 30-day gratitude challenges splashed across our social media feeds and are glad to participate with photos of our partners, pets, and grandchildren.
It’s easy to overlook seemingly small things we take for granted. A stable home, warm with electricity and a working furnace. A nutritious and abundant meal in a safe space, surrounded by loved ones. A reliable vehicle, (or two), full of gas and carefree afternoons, filled with joy and celebration, rather than worry and fear.
As I reflect on my own gratitude, the gravity and impact of our work is top of mind. So many of our neighbors are facing stress, trauma, depression, addiction, loneliness, and struggles they cannot address alone. But, because of our dedicated and nurturing staff and community partners, they don’t have to.
Our Community-Based Services and Residential programs offer treatment and support for our most vulnerable neighbors, year-round. They work hard to offer a full range of care that helps each client to maximize their mental health, level of independence, and quality of life. From the homeless outreach programs to therapeutic rehab services, to crisis lines, case management, housing, and employment support, no need is left unaddressed and healing is abundant.
Hope and healing are possible for our clients because of your steadfast trust and support of our mission. Your kindness and generosity have kept on the lights and provided warm holiday meals, among other things. You may not realize, but it’s also provided hugs and words of encouragement. You’ve helped to foster resilience, self-worth, and brighter days during someone’s most challenging time.
Thank you for standing by and praying for us. No matter how you celebrate this season, I hope and pray it’s filled with the same love, hope, peace, and comfort you’ve shown to so many in our community. May you find joy in the season, warmth in the cold, strength and support when needed, and the opportunity to pause and give thanks.