In just two short days, we will be beginning a new year. The days leading up to 2017 give us a time to evaluate our mission and values. A chance to decide – have we been doing right? What do we want to commit to doing differently in 2017? How can we make ourselves better people in the new year?
As an Executive Director, I have to ask myself and my staff – what do we plan to do differently this year, to better serve those without homes? And we ask our guests – what do they want to do differently this year, to help achieve their personal goals?
As we begin to imagine what the new year should look like for us, I cling to a few values that have not changed since we first opened in 2011:
Everyone deserves a door of their own
No one should die from a New England winter
People who are homeless are not social inadequates’, they are people without homes
Homelessness can happen to anyone