Merry Christmas. The staff and I at Family Recovery Center wish you and your loved ones a very special Christmas Day and Happy New Year.
Yesterday most of us were bustling around, getting those last few gifts purchased and wrapped, or thinking about the special dinners that lie ahead in your home. For my family, it was that traditional Italian dinner of Christmas Eve, one with at least seven kinds of fishes, pasta, sausage, peppers and onions, and of course, the dessert tray filed with those high caloric cookies and cannoli.
Our thoughts and prayers will be going out to the many families in the Newtown, CT area over the tragedy suffered throughout their community, and the sorrow that is caused by the loss of such innocent children and brave members of the school community.
Events such as the one mentioned above make us all more aware of how fragile life is and how important it is to live each day as if it were our last day here on earth.
We at Family Recovery Center reach out to the community as a whole and to parents at this time, hoping to encourage you to remain strong, and because we know, as stated by Henry Kissinger, "if we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor".
To this end, we are offering you information about our We Care About KIDZ Program, and a free-copy of 150 Ways to Show Kids You Care poster or 101 Ways to Praise Kids. These cards help parents, grandparents and other adults to form healthy relationships with youngsters in many different ways. Stop in at our main office in Lisbon to get your free information.
During this past week, we have received a number of calls from members of the community, wanting to talk as the tragic events of Newton had opened memories of their past: about tragedies they may have experienced in their own lives; or needing to either bring some level of understanding or closure to unresolved issues.
Such events impact us in so many different ways. There is no one answer as to why they take place, and no one way to resolve the pain and hurt resulting from these events in our life, our community or country.
From a distance, we can pray for the Newtown community or as our staff and Youth Coalition are doing - making snowflakes. The staff and administration of the building the students from Sandy Hook school are moving into have requested snowflakes with a letter attached from the Youth Coalition. The snow flakes will be displayed throughout the school, showing the youngsters they have the love and community of Columbiana County behind them.
Here at home, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the many staff and volunteers with the Family Recovery Center, who have contributed countless hours and high levels of energy and creativity in order to provide that which needs to be done for those individuals who have sought our services for the past 39 years. I can honestly say that the staff has left a very positive imprint here in the county. To them, I say thank you for your many hours of commitment and concern for the residents of the community.
To our partners throughout the service system, we look to another positive year, as we look to expand our options and expand the horizons of our clients and the general public throughout these collaborative endeavors. To the many organizations that impact us in so many different ways, we say thank you.
Over the years, our funders have taken a chance with us as we have initiated new programs and continue to provide us with the support to underwrite our on-going projects for the community. We look to work with them into the future. We thank you.
The coming year 2013 serves as our 40th anniversary year here in the county and surrounding area. I am sure you will continue to see a different Family Recovery Center in 2013 than what we may always been. We are a viable, living organization, therefore subject to change. Change comes with its pain as it does with hope. One thing will remain constant: our relationship and service to community, you and your families. To you, we say thank you.
May your New Year be one that is happy, healing, and healthy.