Happy 2018! It always feels good to be in the full swing of a new year. Flipping the calendar brings me a sense of hope and excitement, curiosity about what the new year will bring and gratitude for the gifts of the previous year.
I’m always encouraged by your commitment in this season. You reminded me of your dedication to at-risk and homeless young people through your generosity over the holidays, and our Open Door Information Session was bursting at the seams this January. Many of us recommit ourselves to service, to our communities, even to self-improvement this time of year, and from my perspective, it is rewarding to witness.
I am one who likes change. If you’re like me you are looking at your life with fresh eyes, closing the chapter on one season and eagerly looking to the next. As we celebrated Dr. King last month I was reminded of some of his renowned words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” As we step away from the holiday frenzy and back into the rhythms of our daily lives I invite you to ask this question of yourselves, too.
I’m sure you have many calls on your time but a simple first step could be to attend one of Second Story’s Open Door Information Session this February. I love meeting each of our attendees, sharing more about what we do, and passing you along to a full tour of our shelter. Sometimes simply learning more is the first step to safer, more nurturing communities. I hope you will join us.