Community Reflection – Words of Gratitude

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it seems like a perfect time to reflect on what individuals in our community are grateful for.  Here are some of the responses we received.  Let us know what you are thankful for this holiday season on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #NSVthanks.

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“This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for change.  Since I have been at N Street Village, a lot of changes have been made in my life.  I was reintroduced to recovery and on November 16th I celebrated being one year clean.  With change came a new positive attitude and outlook on life.  Setting goals – short, medium, and long-term – for myself; knowing that I don’t have to be perfect but that I must be accountable for my actions. I have learned that with change comes patience, love, and tolerance.  I am no longer embarrassed about being in a shelter.  This is a temporary phase in my life, a vacation for my mind, body, and spirit to recover so that I may be able to handle life’s pressures out in the world.  I am thankful for the staff at N Street Village.  I am still smiling and cannot believe all that I have done.”
                                                                                    LaJuana Clark, N Street Village resident

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“I am grateful for people who ask you how you are and really mean it.”
                                              Kristyn Carrillo, Associate Director for Residential Programs

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“I am grateful for all the love here at N Street Village.  I am also grateful for the surgeries that I have had.  I am grateful for moving into my own place. Thank you to everyone who has made these opportunities possible.”
                                                                                                             N Street Village client

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“Even when my heart is weak and weary, there is always someone around to let me know it’s going to be alright. And for that I am truly grateful.”
                                                                 Evelyn Green,  Bethany Women’s Center Manager

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“I am grateful for the wonderful mix of foundations that support us. We have a combination of new and well-seasoned relationships, public and private, large and small organizations that choose to invest in our programs and services. I’m especially thankful for the groups that supported us through our recent year of expansion.”
                                                  Tim Fretz, Manager of Foundation and Government Giving

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“I am grateful to wake up every morning knowing that I have another chance to change, correct, enhance, re-direct, pass on, receive, accept, move on, let go, give, be blessed, and live as happy as possible.”
                                                                                                            N Street Village client

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“Experiencing hope and optimism every day in the N Street Village community makes me feel grateful. ”
                                                                                          Ann McCreedy, Director of Programs