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Not only is today Friday the 13th, it’s also World Kindness Day.

Your Monthly Missive is coming a little early because I can’t think of a better day to share how your kindness is making a difference in our corner of the world.

Prospect Place, our Housing First permanent supportive housing program in Rosedale completed five years in October.  Five of the original 12 residents, all of whom were chronically homeless when they moved in, have lived with us for the entire time. Unfortunately, several of the residents passed away (life-expectancy for people who have experienced homelessness is often reduced) and a few were evicted when we could find no other solution.

But there is other good news, one of the original residents is moving to an apartment in Essex this week.  We joke that he will be free of the Pam and Sheila team, but really that is the goal even for the men at Prospect Place to one day move to independent living.  I talked to him yesterday and he is very excited about his new place. Prospect Place operates in the shadow of Earl’s Place but is just as important and we are grateful that you are with us on the journey for all the men we work with. 

Earlier this year, we invited you to a This is Where it All Happens talk and tour at Earl’s Place.  Unfortunately, that never happened thanks to COVID-19 and physical distancing.  We had hopes we could gather later in the year, but that is not an option. 

John F. Kennedy said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

 WE want to thank YOU with a “Thanks for Giving” virtual gathering.  Saturday, December 5.  Watch your inbox for an invitation, RSVP to me, and I will send you a Zoom link.  It won’t be the same, but you can meet some of the staff, Board and residents.  And we can have another chance to let you know just how much we appreciate you and how, together we are changing lives. 

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.   Sheila 

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

The 2019 Annual Report is available here.  If you would like a copy by mail, please let me know.