A Word from Jay...
Two weeks ago I returned to the CDP after a six week sabbatical. My first day was like drinking water out of a fire hose! I spent the day meeting with my colleagues for updates on the past six weeks and wading through my emails -- just 438 of them!
I had anticipated being overwhelmed and feared that I would spend the next several months receiving pay back for unplugging for such a long period of time.
I’m happy to report that I am overwhelmed -- by the incredible amount of work that has taken place over the past six weeks thanks to the efforts of our great team. My sincere thanks to the entire CDP team for their dedication and commitment to our work -- I’m so lucky to have such talented colleagues.
The six weeks were an amazing gift and I truly did un-plug. I had to call our IT firm my first day back because I forgot the password to get into my computer.
I spent most of my sabbatical in Vermont and took a trip to the Rockies for some amazing skiing. I had the opportunity to read several good books, listen to some great podcasts and think about our mission and programs.
What I took away from this time of reflection is how difficult the work that we do is to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape. Our community is struggling to respond to needs that are, for the most part, created by larger external forces such as globalization of the economy, income inequality and climate change. I was also able to more fully recognize how blessed we are to have a region with such intellectual and financial riches—clients and supporters deeply committed to creating a healthy and vibrant community.
This time to reflect has led me to be even more confident in the direction in which we continue to move forward -- being aggressive advocates for housing, creating strategic alliances with our partners and being more creative in the programs we offer. I’m excited that we will be focusing on a comprehensive strategic planning process in the coming months and have the opportunity to engage our clients, staff and community leaders in formulating big goals for the future.
My thanks to the Board and Staff of the CDP for this time -- it was exactly what I needed.