January 27, 2011

From the Executive Director

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:26 pm by Lund

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard

2011!  A new year and psychologically for many, a brand new start.  New Year’s resolutions, inaugurations, a chance to renew, and to start fresh.

As an organization that works to help children thrive and to strengthen families, our belief in a better future dovetails well with a new year.  Lund staff work with the values and belief in possibility, optimism and growth.  Every day, we see courageous people working hard to make new starts for themselves and their children.  

Just today, I read a plea for help from a divorced single mother working to overcome her addiction to pain killers.  She approached Lund because she cannot leave her daughter to go to a rehab facility.  She has no family or social supports that can help her.  Lund is the only place in Vermont she can go to get help for her addiction without being separated from her child.  She described being  an honor roll student, always employed and able to provide well for her family until she became addicted to drugs.  Her plea for help was heartbreaking and hopeful.  Heartbreaking in that she spoke vividly of the pain she is in and were it not for her child, she would end her life.  Hopeful, in that her intelligence, love, and concern for her child is motivating her to get help and back on track with her life.

I have seen so many of the women we have helped and I have heard time-and-time again, “I don’t know what I would have done if Lund was not there for me.”

It is my goal in the year ahead to help many families realize their potential, get help for their addiction, eradicate barriers to their treatment, complete their education goals, find safe affordable housing and self sustaining employment, enhance their parenting skills and go on to futures of safety and wellness that empower them and in which their children thrive. 

As a statewide organization that is concerned about our community, we are thrilled to contribute to the work that is being done in Montpelier, as our Governor, Lt. Governor and legislature work to improve the lives of Vermonters. 

Part of Lund’s Strategic Plan is an initiative to  Share Community Responsibility.  We  recognize that the families we serve are part of the larger community in which we live and work.  Lund Family Center shares responsibility for making our communities places where all families and children can thrive, interact in positive ways and have opportunities to grow.

We are approaching this new year with enthusiasm and excitement about the opportunities that are before us.  While we recognize that there will be challenges, we are confident in our long-standing history of providing the highest quality services to families in Vermont and around the country through our adoption program.  Our strategic directions listed below capture our vision for how our work will evolve and be enhanced in the future.   

I.     PROVING SUCCESS

II.    INVESTING IN STAFF

III.   RAISING MONEY/RAISING AWARENESS

IV.   FORTIFYING THE BOARD

V.    SHARING COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY

VI.   SOLIDIFYING THE INFRASTRUCTURE

In upcoming issues of the newsletter, we will highlight the goals and progress being made towards these strategic objectives.  Thanks for your support and interest in Lund Family Center.

We could not do what we do without your support and the help of all our volunteers, donors and staff.

Thank you.

1 Comment »

  1. Cynthia Warshaw said,

    I am so impressed with all the outstanding accomplishments and with the strategic directions for the future. Keep up the great work. Lund is truly an exceptional asset for the State of Vermont and a model for other states.


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