Season’s Greetings from Terry

A Holiday Message from Our Executive Director

As we come to the end of 2020, we start to reflect on the trials and tribulations we have all faced. We have collectively been forced to deal with health and economic challenges, social injustice, and political crises.

Let’s all pause to remember those whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic… those who will have an empty chair at the holiday table or will wish a happy new year to their loved ones through hospital window glass. Those who lost their lives and those who lost their faith due to the systemic racism that continues to plague our country. Those whose businesses suffered irreconcilable losses, those who lost their employment, those who are struggling to feed their families.

Before leaving 2020 behind us, let us also appreciate what this year has forced upon us. We must recognize the courageous amongst us who have marched together against social injustices, the unrelenting employees working in healthcare who are finally being recognized for the superheroes they have always been, for the conscientious teachers and their efforts to keep our children learning remotely, for the small business owners who were able to modify their businesses in response to the pandemic, for the essential employees keeping store shelves stocked and for renewing the importance of family.

So, let’s take this time to be optimistic. We are not through this battle yet but there is light on the horizon. Vaccines are being distributed, more people are wearing masks, and another round of stimulus has been approved for families and businesses. The definition of optimism is hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. I am hopeful we will overcome and thrive, that we will be able to serve those in need and continue to meet the almost 100 year-old mission of College Settlement. I am thankful for all of you and the unending support of our programs. Enjoy a safe, happy holiday and look let’s look towards a brighter tomorrow.

Terry Dougherty

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R !