At this time of year, we at BCHG are full of gratitude for our community. All through the year so many have done so much to help us provide the best care possible to the families we serve; our neighbors in need. And you know what friends- it takes a community to care for each other. And in caring for another- reaching out to lend a hand up to those struggling to meet basic needs- we are better. Not just as individuals but as a community- as neighbors.
There are many reasons why families end up homeless and hungry. For the working poor missing a paycheck or an extended illness can spell disaster. We just received a request from Mike Fitzpatrick’s office- they are working with an elderly veteran living in his car. He needs some help with housing. We can help thanks to funding through a grant from Janssen Pharmaceutica. There is so much need right here where we are and of course BCHG, or any other social service agency can not take the place of a compassionate community reaching out to those with least.
So at BCHG we have an “attitude of gratitude”. We are grateful for the many many folks who donated food for the pantries- over 80,000 pounds since the end of October. We are grateful to everyone donating gifts, like The Harvest Financial Group, Huntingdon Valley Bank, for the upcoming holiday. We are grateful to those groups like, Our Lady of Guadaloupe, Temple Ohev Shalom, The Delaney Family, who are hosting wonderful holiday parties for our families.
We are grateful to folks running coat drives to make sure our families are warm this winter. We are grateful to St Paul’s Episcopal for hosting a very successful 19th Annual Christmas in Doylestown House Tour and Boutique to benefit our Doylestown Shelter. We are grateful to our non-profit partners like United Way Bucks, Bucks County Opportunity Council and Deserving Decor, who partner with us to move families from homelessness to housing.
Melody Beattie writes: Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. An attitude of gratitude makes the holidays brighter and shines light on the future. We are part of such a compassionate and caring community; and for that, we are truly grateful.