As the winter season comes to an end, I have reflected on the work we have done to address homelessness in our community and see that so much good has been accomplished this past year. In 2016, we saw hundreds of individuals leave homelessness and enter a permanent stable housing. Many men found meaningful jobs helping them connect to a new sense of purpose and meaning for their lives. We witnessed broken relationships find healing, life, and love. Men have reconnected to estranged family members, to children they have not had contact with for years, to old friends, and to themselves in new and healthy ways.
As I ponder all the successes of helping men move from life on the streets to independence over the last year, you come to mind. The great success that Congregations for the Homeless has had would not be possible without all you do. The partnership with your congregation enables profound transformation in the lives of the men we serve. It is the acceptance, compassion, and love that your congregation’s volunteers bring by building authentic relationships with the men that is key in the life-changing work we do.
I am so thankful for all you do to make our community a place where everyone is welcome and valued. I am deeply thankful for the passion and love you bring to those who are marginalized and hurting. Thank you for being you and for your continued partnership with CFH in the life-giving work we do on the Eastside. You are deeply valued by CFH and the men who you have profoundly impacted. I hope you are deeply blessed in 2017.