Notes from the Director

August 2013

For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.

-Dag Hammarskjold

Change is hard. I came back from a week of vacation and received a letter of resignation from Bridget, our beloved Volunteer and Marketing Director. As the director of a staff of 2 full-time employees, a 10 hour a week Sunday Coordinator and 1 full-time AmeriCorps volunteer, losing a vital staff member has repercussions for everyone.

I had to step back and tell myself to be grateful. Bridget was with Family Promise for a long time, first as an AmeriCorps volunteer and then as Volunteer Director. She was offered a wonderful position with the opportunity to direct an entire program. How could I not be happy for her?

Then I thought of all the families we have served and all the changes they are confronted with. Some people go from living in a car to sleeping in a church. It’s a different church each week and different volunteers each night. If change is hard for me, what must it be like for homeless families?

That’s why Family Promise believes strongly in keeping families together. Each family has their own room, and mothers, fathers and children are never separated. We tell families this is a temporary situation and we will work together to help them get into their own permanent housing just as soon as possible. Our goal is to actually END family homelessness, one family at a time. If a family has to sleep in churches for 2 months to make that happen, it’s an inconvenience, nothing more. It’s the long term outcome that is the most important.

I will miss Bridget. We all will. We are thankful for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Let’s all try to embrace the future with gratitude for new beginnings, as well.

Gloria Edwards