As this year comes to an end, thank you.

 

Thank you for your monthly donations.  Thank you for your notes. Thank you for your phone calls.  Thank you for caring.  You are so important to the work that we do.

 

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is watch the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. I have seen it many times, but I am still moved when George Bailey sees what life would have been like if he had not been born.

 

Just as George was reminded of how he made a difference in the lives of others, the world, our world,  would be a much different place if you were not a part of it.  Although you don’t see the day-to-day goings on, we could not do what we do at CCH without you.  Thank you for the opportunity to share the stories you make possible.

 

Last week I was reminded once again of why I love my job.

 

Someone knocked on the door and when I opened it a man said, “Hi, I’m Arto.  I was here about 12 years ago”.  He was not successful, in fact when I looked back, he stayed less than two months.  However, he is doing fine now.  He said, “I remembered you and I just wanted to say thank you”.

 

And today I was reminded again of the challenges of our shelter system. 

 

A young man, Walter, with a baby, London, strapped to his chest knocked at the door looking for help. I couldn’t provide housing, but I could provide a warm, dry place to work from to try to find something.  I made a list of places to contact and entertained London while he made calls.  He was not having any success so eventually I made some calls, too.  There is no shelter available for men with children. None. Even in a snowstorm.

 

The best option, and it is not a good one, is that London and her mother go a family shelter and Walter go to a men’s shelter. He is 20 years old. London is 7 months old. When he was leaving, he said London really likes you. I’ll come back and let you know how we are doing.  I hope so.

 

I know that we cannot help everyone. But your gifts each month, provide HOPE, HELP, and a HOME for those who are fortunate enough to enter our programs.  Thank you.

 

Wishing you a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season,  Sheila