Each year we put out our Annual Report. It covers what we've been up to throughout the last year. This includes new and expanded programs, funding expenditures, and statistics such as households assisted through various programs.
This past fiscal year has been filled with challenges, frustrations, and concern as we have endured the uncertainties and fragility of federal and state funding. It has tested our patience and stamina to ride through the storm of legislation and decision making that could support, cripple or end the services so dear to our hearts. There were moments when we truly didn’t know if it would be time to close our doors or limit the services that support our vulnerable customers.
Although it has been difficult, and the future continues to be unclear, we have gained some valuable education. We have learned the ultimate level of teamwork as we made plans to streamline services and expenses. We have found ways to consolidate staff positions and activities to use the strengths of our employees at their greatest levels. We have created sustaining partnerships to enhance our service delivery. We have developed innovative plans to capture new opportunities and directions for the agency. We have learned to carry on in a time of change.
I am extremely proud of the staff and Board of Directors as we took on the challenge of survival and found ways to persevere under stress. We are beginning to see the calm after the storm and funding is slowly being renewed. Although we remain without funding increases, we continue to offer quality services to people in need. We grow stronger and more confident each day and will continue to strive for success in all that we do. Thank you for your on-going support of our agency as we celebrate our 45th year of “helping people, changing lives.”
With warm regards,