I know amid the COVID pandemic, many are finding it hard to be thankful this holiday season. Missing loved ones lost to this devastating virus, worrying about our most vulnerable populations, and praying our loved ones will stay safe has undoubtedly taken a toll. Now we are being asked to skip family traditions and forego our usual Thanksgiving Day feast with our loved ones. It is hard to be thankful when things are not going well, but I am still thankful.
Thankful for the love and compassion I get to witness every day. Thankful I live in a place where organizations and social service agencies work together to meet our communities' needs. Thankful that in the last 50 years, Dove has spread their wings to adapt and change to fight social injustices and unmet human needs. Thankful that Dove continues to develop programming and expand its reach to others. Thankful, they look to use technology, innovation, and leadership to continue moving forward to serve others, even during a pandemic. I am thankful that I work with so many great people at Dove.
Many (if not all) staff members would tell you we would like to work ourselves out of a job. No more homelessness, hunger, or even domestic violence. No more families facing financial hardships or kids that need coats. However, that's not happening today, so I am thankful that I get to meet these challenges together with them because, after all, we are all in this together, and for that, I am truly thankful.