Brené Brown, world-renowned researcher, spent years studying and interviewing people about the things that really matter: vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. When she asked what people were worried about and trying to achieve, it was the idea of belonging that was most important. Many yearn to “be part of something – to experience real connection with others – but not at the cost of their authenticity, freedom or power.”
Feelings of shame and unworthiness can be barriers to belonging. They don’t have to be. We try to remove those barriers for families in our community by providing essential services and support that meet them where they are without judgment.
As we embark on a new year, the future is uncertain. What is certain is whatever challenges life throws at us, we will rise to the occasion and respond together as a community.
What gives me this confidence? Our history. As a community we have consistently risen to meet the needs of our neighbors, especially this year. You have given and supported this community in ways that can’t be measured.
The generosity and support helps everyone feel like they belong here!