2017 Newsletter

Let’s Change the World Together A message from our Executive Director, Linda Thomson

How many people does it take to change the world? We all want changes in our lives and the lives of others. We want the political climate to change, we want to be healthier, we want crime in the streets to stop. I would say that each of us has a responsibility to
change the world and changing the world happens one person at a time.

Since January 2017, we have already served 51 individuals. Our success rate for people moving into housing is at 49%. Statistically we have done better this year than in the past. Each year we are adding additional services and are increasing the skill set of employees to better meet the needs of the people we serve.

Looking forward I see us increasing services and the number of people we serve. We turn people away far too often due to all our beds being full. My vision is to use the space we have for storage to eventually add additional beds. We currently and in the future will continue to serve people who are leaving hospitals and are in crisis  of one kind or another. I see us having additional professional staff to assist the residents with the multiple barriers they are facing to better meet the unique needs of the individual.

I implore you to be a change agent and one person at a time we can make a difference. You can make a difference in the lives of others just by donating some time, money, household items, food, or skills. No one person can change the whole world themselves, but you can change the world for one person. On a personal note, you may have noticed in the heading of this article that my last name has changed. I was recently married. My email address will soon be changed to lthomson@apfy.org.

“Be the change you wish to see in the
world.” ~Gandhi

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