NCS this Month: A Message of Patience, Resiliency and Overcoming Obstacles
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
As we enter Black History Month, we also look back on January, and all that we have to be grateful for. While the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lives on in our lives, hearts, and minds, as I’m sure it does in your every day, we honor him every year on MLK Day. This year, a blended family of parents and young people (one young man has been a homework volunteer for our after-school partial hospitalization program) provided a delicious brunch for our young mothers and their children. It was a great reminder of the importance of volunteering in service to our communities.
The following week – just days before a record-breaking storm hit our area – our boiler, which heats three of the eight buildings on our campus, failed for the last time. This is an urgent situation for Northern Children’s Services and one that hits us at a very bad time. We simply do not have the funds to support a new boiler.
While it has been challenging, it has also been a test of patience, resiliency, and overcoming obstacles for our staff and the children, youth and families that we serve. It also serves as a reminder that we are more fortunate than many. While inconvenient, we could move staff and our programming to other buildings that do have heat. Many people – including some of the children, youth, and families that we serve – do not have that option. They must suffer through the cold.
This time has also served as wonderful confirmation of how many people love Northern and the work that we do. We’ve received great media coverage from the Roxborough Review, Philadelphia Daily News and NBC 10 news. We’ve also received calls and emails from past residents, past and current donors, local companies, friends and former colleagues – all eager to help us in any way that they can. Whether that be five dollar donations, time volunteered to spread the word, or smaller fundraisers within groups to raise funds. Every little bit counts.
On behalf of the entire Northern Children’s Services organization, I want to say thank you. Thank you for giving us hope, determination and perseverance during this difficult time. This is and always will be our home, as well as the safe haven for the many children, youth and families, who rely on our services.
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