Thankful to You!
As the light changes and the air cools, many of us are relishing in our Thanksgiving festivities with family and friends. Thanksgiving, at it’s best inspires a sense of belonging by celebrating with the people in our lives who we love, our given and chosen family members, and hopefully the people who encourage us to build something bigger than ourselves; to be authentic, kind, loving, successful, and creative in our lives and communities.
We at AHP are also mindful that autumn and winter complicate the lives of our clients, many of whom struggle to stay housed, dry, warm, and fed. Those two realities; the good fortune of having festivities to enjoy stand in contrast to the misfortune of living in fear of having one’s basic needs met and accentuates our mission.
But why limit our thanks to Thanksgiving? Our year-round relationship with you, our supporters, colleagues and friends reflects our conception of the holiday. We are fortified by our relationship to you and it enables us to meet the challenge of helping people who are, at this moment in their lives, in need of help. And supporting AHP in whatever way you do is an act of building something bigger.
We are enriched through your support. We feel bigger, better and more connected by your emails, letters, and donations. And our client’s lives are enriched in this circle of support and care. In fact, we are especially thankful to our clients for the incredible trust they grant AHP and our frontline staff. Mental health care, particularly for the vulnerable people we serve is all about trust, about the courage clients display by sharing their stories. It’s about their willingness to engage with us in the hard work of healing. In this way, clients are, themselves, supporters; we engage in a healing relationship but it is dependent on their calling upon their inner strength, their resilience, and their skills.
The bounty and thanks we deliver to each other is a metaphor, a stand-in for the bounty-both material and emotional-we wish were present for everyone and all year long. Thank you so much for engaging with us in a joint project to achieve this vision for a group of people for whom it has been elusive.
We wish you support, love, and opportunity this November and throughout the holiday season.
Jim and Lori and the AHP Team