By Marcus Denman, Executive Director
Is it Fall yet? This Texas heat is torture!
I want to begin by shouting out to the staff here at The Village. Thank you for the countless and selfless time you put in day in and day out. I know at times, because of the day-to-day issues that arise, we fail to give you the overwhelming
acknowledgement you deserve. So please blame my mind, and not my heart, as each and every one of you are truly appreciated.
The first part of 2018 was a trying time to say the least. As a community, we are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. As for The Village specifically, the financially impact of not being able to host our largest fundraiser (the Gala) last year has impacted our ability to do things at the level of expectations this year, or at minimum, how they were done in past years.
With that being said, we are over halfway through the year and we are stronger than ever. How is that possible?
We have an outline for a successful day program. Our attendance this summer was higher than last year. We have managed to take our individuals on field trips to the water plant, the Children’s Museum, and Soccer events (thanks to Halliburton and the Dynamos). Not to mention, we have a dynamic respite program at Stoney Glen that is thriving with affordable rates. I know that there are more, but my point is sometimes we get caught up in the negative and we forget about the positives. This is by no means my way of saying we have reached our potential, because we have not. What I am saying is that together we are changing the way our Villagers experience things in life. It is a small reminder of what we can do if we continue to work together in spite of the negative barriers of Hurricane Harvey and financial limitations.
Financially, we have achieved 99% of our budgeted revenue (good) and our net income loss is lower than we projected as well. As a result, I am concerned about the net loss, but encouraged by projections on how 2018 will end if we are able to hit our targets.
How can you help, you ask? I am glad you asked. First, continue to send your loved ones daily. Volunteer your time as much as you are able. If you do not have time to offer us, then a connection to additional outings or sponsorship for an outing would be appreciated. Also, consider shopping and supporting our thrift store with your donations. Lastly, financial donations are always welcome and signing up to be a sustainer donor is appreciated.
Finally, SAVE THIS DATE - November 10, 2018 - for the 2018 Gala! This year our Gala will be a must see. Come out and help us honor our founder, Kim Brusatori. Kim has impacted all of our lives in one way or the other. But most of all, think of how her vision and creation has impacted our loved ones at The Village. I hope you will take the time to come out and help us shower her with love. If you are able to attend, or want to volunteer, contact our Development Director, Anne Marie Blacketer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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And Stay Cool!