Executive Director....Becky Price
"...do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are..."
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Tis the season to give thanks and reflect on the abundance of all we are grateful for. I hope this letter finds you looking forward to a home filled with good food, family and cheer. Looking forward to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones and excitedly anticipating the seasons celebrations with family and friends.
My name is Becky Price and I am honored to be the new Executive Director of the Ballard Community Services. In my 35 years of serving at-risk children and victims of violence, I thought I was familiar with the effects of poverty on children, families and individuals, but this is my first experience of working directly with those dealing with homelessness and hunger.
My first months have been a humbling experience and certainly put what I consider my problems into perspective. Like most of us, as I gear up for the holiday one of my biggest concerns is finding the time to buy and cook the holiday meals. Which now seems trivial after seeing the look of desperation on a young mothers face when she is told the food pantry is currently empty.
Now when I resent the time and effort it takes to pay my bills, I envision the grandmother that is embarrassed that she cannot pay for the grandchild she is raising tuition for because her car broke down.
When I think of the first freeze, my first thoughts used to be of the need to buy wood for my fireplace, of my flowers dying and needing to put the pots up. of the fact that the horrible oak mites will be gone. Now, I think of the Vet who came in for a coat when the first cold day hit and there was none in our clothing pantry. I now know that It must freeze before a young man new to our community can get into the shelter. Now, I think of a frantic call from a father in California whose daughter has moved to Lawrence with his 2 grandchildren and she needs $350.00 to get her heat turned on.
Instead of worrying about finding the perfect gift for my loved one, I remember the panicked look of a mother when she realizes she came to the wrong location to sign her children up for our Adopt-A-Family Holiday Bureau and realizes that she should have waited in the line at Penn House to sign up because she knows that the acceptance for adopting families fills up quickly and she may not make it on the list.
Everyone needs a little support to tackle a problem. If we are lucky, very lucky, we have family and friends that lift us up when we are to weary to face the problem on our own. To help us realize that the problem is not too great to overcome. The Ballard Center helps people face their problems, learn from their problems and understand that there is good in the world - we give them hope.
Wishing you the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope,
Ballard Community Services
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