As the summer comes to a close, I’ve had to take a moment to look back on all that has been and all that will be. Looking back, my heart is lifted by the giving spirit of our community. We asked—and you responded. When circumstances were exceptionally difficult, you, our donors, opened your hearts to those who were feeling the hit most. You made a difference.
In “Because You Care,” you will read about continuing needs where we continue to need your helping hand. Our HANDLE WITH CARE program brings stability and support to families and children in our community who need it most. We are doing all we can with your generous gifts to keep people in their homes and out of shelters, to keep the lights on and food on the table.
“As We Make Our Holiday Wish Lists” reminds us that the holiday season is not so very far away. Your gifts to the Holiday Giving Program go to holiday gifts for children, but also basic needs of families, as the need for help doesn’t take a holiday break.
As September is Suicide Awareness Month, we share some positive news in “Talking About Suicide,” but we also take a realistic look at how suicide affects our community—and how we can help prevent rising rates. It’s not a topic anyone enjoys addressing, but we must. It’s a conversation that can save lives and help to remove the stigma about mental health.
Enjoy another chapter of Family & Children Services history, “Chapter 7: The War Years,” by Fiona Holmes and Mary Becktell, writes about the years spanning 1937 to 1947. When I read about our history, it reminds me that we can handle most anything that comes our way—and we can do it because we have you helping us along the way.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services