15 Nov Mission Minute: Appreciating our Friends
by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers
Every November we often have a heightened awareness of thankfulness, even if we feel and express gratitude throughout the year. The Thanksgiving season is a perfect time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. At New Hope, we have so much to be thankful for: a strong mission, the individuals and families served, dedicated associates, caring volunteers, a vibrant board, an exciting future and so many “friends.”
How important are friends in your life? Do they support you through thick and thin? Do they love you unconditionally? Do they provide honest feedback, both positive and constructive? Do they help you achieve your goals and make needed changes? Hopefully your friends have done all of those things for you and more. Likewise, New Hope is so fortunate to have a great number of old friends and some new friends as well.
New Hope has an active and committed board of directors which provides governance and oversight while ensuring the mission and business interests are balanced. Our board consists of members with long time involvement, specific expertise or experience, a more direct connection such as a family member of an individual served, etc. Several months ago, the board revised and adopted new mission and vision statements to better reflect what we do and hope to achieve in the future. Thank you to all of the dedicated board members for your time and willingness to support New Hope of Indiana!
Volunteers also play a vital role in our mission, giving of their time and talents in a multitude of ways. They all make a positive impact in unique ways: interacting with the individuals served, such as helping and interacting with individuals in Day Services; working one-to-one with persons who have specific interests such as bible study or tutoring; assisting with administrative tasks; or helping at events, such as the monthly bingo. Recently we have been very fortunate to have several new volunteer groups such as the North Kessler Neighborhood Association and Northview Church, which did a phenomenal job landscaping, planting bulbs, cleaning, and painting at six of our sites. We have some new friends for whom we are grateful!
Donors are equally as important to advancing our mission and making an impact in the lives of those served. In order to continue New Hope’s journey into the future, ensuring current programs and services are maintained while also seeking new opportunities to serve persons in need, we must be financially secure. In recent years, we have experienced and appreciated the generosity of many caring donors, most of whom have a connection to New Hope. Their charitable contributions have helped to purchase the Cheese and Thank You food truck, provide iPads for the Day Services program, enabled the Associate Financial Assistance Program to help associates in need with zero-interest loans, and other worthwhile projects we hope to continue pursuing. To all of our donor friends, our heartfelt thanks!
No matter the type of friendship you might have with New Hope, we are glad to know you and to know that you care about those we serve. We couldn’t provide such vital services, innovative programs or quality of care that we do without our friends, like you. Thank you for being a friend!