Thank you for all of your service, for giving all of your heart to support and protect children and those who serve them and thank you to all of the board members who serve the foundation. I believe wholeheartedly in what you have and continue to achieve in the lives of those who need it most.
You have personally mentored students and staff through some of the toughest times, unimaginable circumstances, and painful realities that we have faced. You have comforted each of the staff as we dealt with separation, loss, emotional and physical exhaustion from seeing child after child bring us love and light and then move on to tackle the hardships that children should not face. You have cried with us and held our hand. I personally cried on your shoulder after a funeral for one of my teens that became a victim of gang violence at age 16.
I will personally say as I reflect on my 7 years serving homeless and at-risk youth in skid row, on days when I could not take another step forward the foundation carried me.