Inspiration and a New Mission Statement
You never know where your inspiration will come from next.
In mid-September, this sign greeted me as I rolled into the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Gales Ferry offices for a morning meeting.
The United Way, one of our staunchest budgetary supporters and community partners, would be hard-pressed to place this message out on Route 12 at a more relevant time. These are incredibly hard times for Child & Family Agency and other private non-profit safety net providers. We’re all more than a little bit broken and yet, like many others, we at CFA – dedicated staff, Board, auxiliary volunteers and, above all, incredibly resilient clients – manage to bounce back time and again to live in color rather than simply survive in black and white or give up coloring entirely.
We rediscover two things, amongst other truths, in hard times: that each of us possesses a deep well of strength, and that our individual strengths can be fueled, inspired and multiplied by our relationships. Our deepening respect for the magical nature of strength and resilience inspired a joint Board-staff project to revise Child & Family Agency’s Mission Statement as we rounded out springtime and entered summer. This new statement makes clear our belief that the strength we need lies within each of us, vs. our needing it to be injected from outside. Our mission is as simple to conceptualize as it is challenging to implement: to do everything possible to create the environment and opportunity for strengths to be realized:
Nurturing children and families to develop their strengths through: Service, Partnership, and Advocacy.
We do so by offering up the full measure of what each of us brings to the table. Everything we need is in each of us, and in the magical combination of all of us. (article by Richard Calvert, CEO Child & Family Agency)