Happy New Year!
At the start of 2020, we never would have imagined what this year would bring. What a challenging time it has been. Yet, as we reflect on the last 365 days, we are reminded of why we are still here. We made it through because of our devoted staff and Board, our thoughtful community partners, our loyal volunteers, and our many generous donors. We are so grateful for our friends. We wouldn’t be here without you.
Our CEO and President, Heather Grenier, graciously guided us in the last year. Here what she shared at a recent staff meeting:
We have come together, stayed together and remained strong.
We distributed outdoor gear to people without homes.
We installed portable restrooms around town to ensure everyone has access to a bathroom.
We packed and packed and packed food boxes and loaded everyone’s vehicle full of goodies.
We visited every tent around town to conduct wellness checks.
We made sure every person could shower and do laundry and wash their hands.
We created an innovative and engaging online preschool and conducted drive thru preschool graduations.
We made sure that no one missed a medical appointment.
We generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support our customers and our community.
We made sure everyone had a ride to work.
We called every senior to make sure they are safe and cared for.
We have cooked and delivered countless meals. We delivered thousands of pounds of groceries.
We have delivered medications.
We worked nights and weekends and early mornings.
We made sure every person had a safe space to shelter in place.
We made sure people have a safe place to quarantine or isolate.
We transitioned our youth home into a supportive classroom.
We learned how to provide telehealth.
We built and sold twelve homes.
We continue to raise money for our future.
We created a whole new service navigation and case management approach that can work virtually.
We moved our Headwaters Food Bank to a new home.
We helped more than 900 people navigate new waters.
We remodeled a new facility to ensure adequate shelter before winter.
We delivered hope, care and compassion.
No wonder we are tired.