A message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
The calendar says that the first day of Winter will not arrive until December 21. But I think we all know that Winter decided not to wait this year. It’s here, whether we are ready or not. And ready or not, the year-end holidays will soon be upon us, as well.
As you and your loved ones prepare for the holidays, I hope you will keep Family & Children Services and those we serve in your thoughts. While many of us will dread the long lines at the mall or worry that our online orders won’t arrive on time, our clients have more difficult worries that revolve around living in poverty, despair, isolation, and hopelessness.
Your financial and in-kind donations to our HANDLE WITH CARE annual fund, Holiday Giving Program, In-House Holiday Store, and Year-Round Pantry do wonders for the children and adults that we serve. Please see the accompanying articles for information on these programs and other ways you can help during the next few weeks and beyond.
Our staff members and our clients are so grateful for your gifts. This newsletter provides many examples of exactly how your donations make a difference in their lives.
Thank you for your generosity this year. On behalf of all of us at Family & Children Services, I hope you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday season.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services