A blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley
As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we think about our blessings and certainly, at the top of the list, is family. The definition of family can be broad and often includes the people we are related to as well as those who are not blood relatives, but equally important in our lives. When a person works in the Human Services field, it is not unusual for that individual to develop a real sense of kinship with the people they support as well as with their co-workers. Over the years, the NEV staff and individuals served have developed close relationships with one another, to the point where we have celebrated one another’s successes, witnessed each other’s joys, and grieved and supported one another during times of loss or struggles. New England Village is so much more than just an organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities—it is a family.
Thanks to our newly implemented person-centered planning, the staff at New England Village has been able to help the people they serve reach milestones and achieve personal goals—much like family members do for one another. With a commitment to and a genuine respect for the people we support, New England Village has earned a reputation in the human services industry for being an organization with thoughtful and outstanding support services, that helps each and every individual it serves find meaning and purpose in their lives. NEV staff members take great pride in working for an organization with such a commitment to excellence. However, doing the valuable work we do and providing as much as we do for the people we support requires significant funding. Over the years, the generosity of our donors has allowed us to take our offerings to the next level and to go above and beyond for the people we serve. That generosity typically comes to us from the donations made as a result of the annual appeal we send out each November. This year, when you receive your appeal letter, please know that your donation is not only greatly appreciated, but it is also being used in the most efficient and thoughtful ways possible that bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people.
During this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for knowing the people we support—they make us better human beings. We are also thankful for our co-workers—they make the days brighter. Most of all, we are thankful for our donors—they make our work possible.