I hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season. This pandemic has made 2020 a unique year filled with trauma, death, and a substantial deterioration of mental health. Please take some time to focus on your own mental health and that of your friends and family. This is when we all need to be the best friend possible and watch out for each other. I would like to think 2020 was a year of growth for real friendships and a shift in focus to what is truly important.
It has been exciting to watch the people in our programs come together to help in the community. Over Thanksgiving the young people at Fam Spot helped serve Thanksgiving meals on our basketball court. This weekend, young people from Our House are volunteering in a toy distribution program. A participant in one of our housing programs wrote out Christmas cards to our community partners. This pandemic has brought many people closer together. I hope that this sense of community carries over into 2021.
This last year has also increased the inequities of our society. Small businesses are closing while large businesses are growing. Please keep this in mind when you are shopping. We have an agency policy to shop local whenever possible. We support our local businesses because they are the pillars the hold our community up.