To our supporters,
Just like you, Adelphoi has been impacted by the effects of this once in a lifetime pandemic. To say that this year has been challenging for us would be an understatement. With more than 1,000 kids in our care on a daily basis, we’ve experienced the struggles of dealing with a pandemic that has been both relentless and unpredictable. I remember back in March writing my first of many weekly COVID updates to our staff and hoping that it would only be a short term activity.
And yet, in the midst of all this, I have been made acutely aware of the kindness and generosity of spirit of our friends and supporters. From the very beginning of this crisis, you all stepped up to help whenever possible, from collecting and making masks for our kids and staff, to supporting our kids through donations to our activities programming. All around me, I saw those who were also struggling themselves reach out in generosity to assist our most vulnerable populations and promote hope through acts of kindness.
I was similarly inspired by our employees, our very own heroes, who work on the front lines of providing care to our kids and families. These staff not only show up every day, but they transform lives. I am overwhelmingly grateful for them, and for all of the courageous everyday heroes in our communities, who are seeing us through these tough times and making the world a better, safer place for all of us.
Despite all of the uncertainty and fear facing them right now, I’m pleased to report that our kids have not only thrived, but they’ve given back to others affected by the pandemic. As an example, youth from our career readiness program created mask buckles with a 3D printer to provide to those on the front lines of the crisis. And kids from our secure units made cards for nursing home residents as a way to spread some cheer during this difficult time.
So thank you all for the generous support that you have provided, both this year and in the past. Your generosity, especially right now, makes me hopeful for the future. Despite everything that we’ve faced, I feel confident in a brighter tomorrow for our kids and families.
Looking forward to 2021 – and the celebration of our 50th Anniversary!