2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year. At times it has felt like years, instead of months, have passed. But at other times it seems to have flown by and I can hardly believe we are half-way through the year.
Early on in this pandemic, my family embraced the phrase “Hope Wins!” It reminds us that in all circumstances, God is good and we can find reasons to rejoice. Despite the challenges and turmoil of 2020, I feel gratitude and I am hopeful for the future for many reasons. Here are just a few:
- I dreaded homeschooling and working from home, but soon realized that the extra time with my family was precious time and has brought us closer.
- Connecting with friends virtually is certainly not ideal, but I found myself checking in with people more frequently rather than waiting until calendars aligned for a perfectly planned dinner party.
- LifeBridge’s community of support has been amazing! Other disability service providers and our funders have banded together to support individuals with disabilities in our region. Whether it is sharing time and professional expertise or providing financial resources, we are in this together.
- Local universities expanded their virtual programming and our staff have been able to take advantage of free professional learning opportunities that we would not have had pre-COVID.
- Donors and volunteers that support our mission directly have been generous and flexible as we adapted our services.
- Last but not least, I am so grateful for staff and board members. These dedicated individuals have stayed focused on our mission and quickly adapted to our new normal.
My hope is that you have found reasons to be grateful and that these changes we have all experienced will make each of us stronger as we work together toward a better future.