This is a time for celebration! As 2018 comes to a close, I look back on this year with gratitude for our incredibly caring community who continues to support our mission. With your help, we are on pace to help over 6,000 different people this year. Overall, our services to our neighbors in need have grown 20% over last year.
We have assisted people like Karla, who visited our food pantry to help provide for her three kids. Like Todd and Amy, who needed help with their rent or would have faced eviction. Like Stefan and Sasha, who received extra kid-friendly bags of food during the summer when they were home from school. Like Millie, who received backpacks full of school supplies for her three grandchildren. Like Isabella, who completed her GED after attending our classes and is now employed full time. Over 6,000 people, each with a story to tell, and each able to improve their lives because of the work this community is doing through ACO!
As our community continues to grow, we know that the needs will continue to grow as well. Please know that I am committed to working with you and all of our neighbors to help meet those needs. So my wish this holiday season is for you and your family, and for all members of our community, to experience an abundance of hope, joy, and love. Hope for an even brighter future. Joy for the blessings we receive. And love—to treasure in your heart, but more importantly to share with others.