“There is always something to be grateful for.” ~ Charles Dickens
The holidays truly are a special time. True, the hustle of it makes the month of December scoot by so quickly…but this time of year brings with it a heightened level of appreciating and understanding one another. For me, I look forward to quiet times shared with loved ones. I feel peaceful when I see my family’s decorated tree and the sweet stockings that represent the members of my family. I smile at the obvious joy and innocence I see in my children, and I enjoy the effort people put into being festive and cheerful. For all of this…and for so much more…I am grateful. What are you grateful for this time of year?
For our residents at Safe Harbor, this time of year can be difficult. The season prompts missing home and missing personal traditions. Yes, our residents are grateful to spend the holidays in an environment of peace. At the shelter we have a decorated tree, and we have kind people from our community who make sure our clients each have a gift or two beneath it. Still, though, the holidays reinforce that life is different now and that change can be a difficult process.
This holiday season, take a moment and remember those who are spending this time sheltered…sheltered from abuse, from chaos, from the violence that brought them such pain. Remember our clients who are celebrating this season of peace, just maybe in a very different way.
On behalf of the more than 600 women and children who have found safety and security in our shelters in 2011, I thank you for making Safe Harbor possible. I also ask that you consider making a holiday contribution to Safe Harbor in support of our mission and our services. In lieu of a physical gift, your donation can be in someone’s honor (we will notify the honoree). Amidst all the hustle, this simple gesture can be a very special one.
Happy holidays from the Safe Harbor family to yours. We appreciate your support and your passion, and we look forward to making further progress in 2012 toward ending domestic violence.