Looking back on 2014
Recently, our CEO, Brent Trotter, shared some of his thoughts on the past year in our December 2014 newsletter. The following is a reprint of his letter to our supporters.
As 2014 nears its end, I am so proud of what you have helped our organization achieve this year. Through your support, more than 600 people had a place to sleep each night. Over 300,000 meals were served. Adults had access to counseling, educational programs, and job skills training. Children were safely enrolled in our nurturing on-site daycare and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten class.
But when I look back on 2014 years from now, one thing will stand out in my mind: the opening of the Men’s Service Center.
For the first time in our history, single men – the most underserved segment of the homeless population – have access to the case management and critical services that we’ve always provided to women, children, and families. Veterans are assigned special case managers to help them access the benefits they earned serving our country. This is a seismic shift for both our organization and our community at large. I couldn’t be more proud or honored to have been part of this dream becoming a reality, or more thankful for all of those who made it possible.
It has also been inspiring to watch the Chain of Hope grow in our front lobby this holiday season, and it’s doubly exciting to know that the gifts are being matched by a generous donor. As always, your support is at the very top of our holiday wish-list, and there has never been a better time to give.
I wish you all very Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year! I can’t wait to see where 2015 takes us.
Brent A. Trotter