As Thanksgiving approaches I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of our community. Because of support from people like you, The Friendship Club is humming and our girls are thriving. Three years of infrastructure investment, program evaluation and refinement, and staff development have given new life to all of our programs and services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our professional, dedicated staff for their commitment to their work. They take their jobs very seriously and are a lifeline to our girls. Not only are they willing to put in the difficult and sometimes emotional work, they are there as cheerleaders and confidants to our girls, whenever they are needed. They love our girls and you can see that every time they interact with them. Whether it is an afterschool meeting, a special Thanksgiving dinner, a field trip, or an unexpected chat in the hallway, the staff intuitively knows when a girl needs her support, even if the girl doesn’t know how to ask for it. The entire team goes to bat for our girls, advocates for them, encourages them, and empowers them to be the best they can be. They put in long hours, think about their girls all the time, and are always finding ways to include and inspire each girl. As Executive Director I don’t have the opportunity to spend time with the girls the way I used to but I trust completely in this amazing staff of women to be what the girls need. Many thanks and my admiration to Dena, Denise, Kristin, Cindy, Jessica, Narissa, Trish and Mary for a job well done!
Next week we will host our annual Thanksgiving Dinner with all of our girls, staff, and board in attendance. It’s a special time for our girls to enjoy a homemade meal, celebrate friendship and express gratitude with some of our donors and special friends. We have a few spots left if you would like to join us but please call soon! The event is on November 12th. We send special thanks to Janeille Litton and Kay Baker for spearheading this annual event and to the many volunteers who make it all possible!