The Calculus of Gratitude
“People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
On the heels of the holiday season, a season of giving and togetherness, we reflect on the past year and look forward to the year to come. We consider our accomplishments and make New Year’s resolutions to improve on areas we feel are lacking in our lives. As I step into the new year, I am filled with gratitude. I am grateful to be a part of the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity team; to contribute to the work we do to build safety, security and stability for individuals and families in Genesee County; and I am grateful to you.
I am grateful for the many diverse ways you contribute to our work. Whether you are a donor, a volunteer, an event participant, a board or committee member, or a supportive partner, it is you who make this work possible.
We celebrated many accomplishments in 2016, including completion of 6 new construction homes, 3 work/live developments, 85 homes repaired and 188 Flint residents engaged through our neighborhood revitalization work. In 2016, nearly 1,600 volunteers contributed to our work and we received over $350,000 in estimated value in the form of donations to the ReStore.
While we have accomplished much in the last year, there is still more work to be done. We look forward to working with you in 2017 to build more homes, to provide critical home repair to homeowners in need and to revitalize neighborhoods. Thank you for all you do and Happy New Year!
P.S. If volunteering or charitable giving are on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, please contact me directly. I would love to meet with you and tell you more about the work we’re doing to put God’s love into action – bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. You can reach me at email@example.com or by phone at 810-766-9089 ext. 203.
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