Many of us can relate when we look back at the last year and marvel that we have pulled through such difficult times. I also look back at my first year as serving as Executive Director of this incredible organization and am even more motivated looking ahead at the opportunities and challenges in our future. I am proud to work with our dedicated Board of Trustees and staff to make a difference for those most in need. Such leaders are needed to guide organizations to great accomplishments that benefit the community and the future of thousands of households.
I have been watching with some trepidation as the U.S. economy has experienced major upheavals and problems that affect people in all sectors with higher prices, job and home loss, fewer opportunities, and less optimism for the future. As you can see by our numbers, we are counseling more families and impacting more lives than ever before. Our small staff serves families more creatively and with more diligence to ensure that those we serve receive the services they need. And this is where you come in.
Being charitable is fashionable and we should know! As a non-profit, our work is only possible because of the generous donations of our supporters. We are immensely grateful to our supporters and their constituencies for their continuous support and enthusiasm in preserving our mission and opening the doors to new and improved prevention and educational opportunities for our community.
I would like to thank you for your interest in the future of the families that we serve. We appreciate the on-going financial support of the Family Success Center from the community over these past 11 years and ask that you consider continuing investing in our programs during these difficult economic times. With the support of the State of New Jersey, Pascal—Sykes Foundation, City of Long Branch, Monmouth University, and area corporations, small businesses, and individuals, we are proud to continue to provide the best possible prevention education in parenting, literacy, health/nutrition, and work force skills for families.
Lisa Wilson, M.S.W.