Thoughts for 2016: A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 ‘The only thing that is constant is change.’ Heraclitus

If we were short on space for this first newsletter of 2016, I honestly could stop after this quotation and say let’s all think about that deeply. And say goodbye.  But I’ll go on a bit more. Welcome to 2016; welcome to our 20th anniversary year as an interfaith organization; welcome to a year that promises to be like no other both with anticipated successes and challenges. This opening page is filled with changes.  See them?  You’ll not only see new staff but you will see new labels for staff responsibilities. The labels aren’t as important as the changes they indicate. (more to follow) Yet be  assured  our hearts are holding our mission. Our purpose is firmly founded on families whose needs are many and resources few.

…Different questions produce quite different answers….’ Danah Zohar

This year is the year of asking questions that, to say are ‘outside the box’ is an understatement of grand proportions. How can we best assist families move from crisis to stable and permanent    housing?  How can we build deep professional relationships with families that pave the way to continued collaboration? How can we assist kids to make a healthy transition from homelessness to    housing?  It’s not easy. Just some questions whose answers do not have to look like our current answers.

 An invitation to Action

Tues, March 29, 6pm at First Presbyterian Church  2936   Rockefeller. Participate in a structured conversation about family homelessness,   shelter and housing. (Light supper served)

Your perspectives, life experiences, ideas, education, efforts and dreams are crucial to our progress — the progress of children and their families. This gathering is not about experts.  It’s about all of us!  ‘The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.’ Alfred North Whitehead

With unbounded gratitude, Mary Ellen