I feel a sense of optimism at this time of year. We’re not free of winter quite yet, but hope and rejuvenation are in the air.
We all need a reason to hope, a reason to rejoice. Many people find that in their faith during the Easter season, while others find it in a newborn baby or a new job after months or even years of unemployment.
Here at The Mission, we have many reasons to hope. First of all, we’re still here! Even throughout the pandemic, you’ve kept us going through all the ups and downs. Our clients are finding work, finding apartments, and finding freedom from addiction.
I have the privilege of seeing these daily victories, and I’m also privileged to have a long-term perspective on our work. In the coming months, I hope to share some exciting news about our job training and education initiatives. I’ll also have some great updates to share about housing options for our clients.
Sometimes people are surprised to learn that we’re more than just an emergency shelter. They’re amazed to learn about our addiction and trauma programs, our hospice and our in-shelter classroom. They’re shocked when they hear that Chef Ric’s isn’t just a great place to go for breakfast, but it’s also a culinary school for those at risk of homelessness.
It’s such a joy to share this work with you and with our entire community. Your support has been absolutely essential to the stories you’ll read in this update. Because of you, Garry, Corey and David had a place to turn when they most needed help.
Their stories give me hope, and I trust they will inspire you as well. Thank you for being part of our story this year, and may God bless you abundantly this Easter.