Greetings for 2022! A few years ago in a New Year’s Day speech, Queen Elizabeth declared the outgoing year as an “annus horribilis” (a horrible year). Many may be tempted to borrow that phrase to describe 2021, however, we at Protected Harbor will not. Having ended the year on a high note, one filled with joy and gratitude for all blessings that God has bestowed upon us, we look forward to the new year. Our very successful Prayer Breakfast, the new partnership with Trailways Camp, and the outpouring of love from new and existing donors, all have contributed to creating the beaming smiles on our clients’ faces and the gratitude in the hearts of all involved in this mission.
The Prayer Breakfast that took place on December 3rd was not only well attended but created a fresh burst of interest and outpouring of support from many who had previously never heard of Protected Harbor. Some of the positive results are that we will add a new full-time person to our team, install a new air-conditioning unit in one of the homes, and purchase some sorely needed new appliances. Best of all, we received designated donations that will sponsor two clients for our next camp.
Along with the excellent presentation by our keynote breakfast speaker, David Egan, we recapped our accomplishments and introduced our ambitious and exciting goals for 2022 and beyond. Protected Harbor is committed to expanding beyond the two group homes that have been our primary focus.
Within the past eighteen months, we have served over 100 adults with developmental disabilities in various ways. In 2022 our goals include increasing our reach to 150 clients or more and training 200 additional volunteers. Increased Supportive Living Services, Case Management, camp retreats, respite opportunities, and active volunteer recruitment and training are just a few of the ways we will help many in our community and enhance the lives of God’s Special People and their families.
What may have been some people’s “annus horribilis” has actually turned out to be a year of gratitude and praise for the miraculous ways God has continued to lead and bless our work. As we reach out to the churches, community providers, and residents of Collier and Lee counties, Protected Harbor is grateful for the tremendous enthusiasm and support being offered. However, all of this would not be possible without you, our loyal donors and prayer partners who provide the foundation from which we grow.
To God be the glory!