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Our Wish for 2021

Friends,

If you feel like me, 2020 is a year that will look much better in the rear-view mirror. To varying extents, this year has brought with it hardship, unforeseen challenges, isolation, anxiety, and even grief. There's no sugar coating it – it's been a tough time for our community, especially the youth and families in our care who are disproportionately impacted. Despite these struggles, they have been incredibly resilient, thanks in part to our deeply committed staff of youth care workers, family consultants, Family-Teachers, and other members of our support team.

With 2020's holiday season upon us, I've thought a lot about a quote from Brené Brown, “A good life happens when you stop and are grateful for ordinary moments that so many of us just steamroll over to try to find those extraordinary moments." While it's not always easy to do, finding gratitude and celebrating the ordinary moments of this year have helped me immensely: watching our EHS toddlers learn to count, staff rehashing last night's Saints game before yet another video call starts, and youth in our Family Homes receiving positive feedback for doing a good deed. These are the ordinary moments at Boys Town that remind us that we are resilient.

I'm also filled with gratitude for each of you, our incredible community of supporters, who have stepped up to help us survive this tumultuous year. Your kindness, support, and investment in our work have made the successes of this year possible.

From all of us at Boys Town Louisiana, we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season. May you seek out and find peace in your own beautiful ordinary moments.

Gratefully,
Rashain Carriere-Williams
Executive Director​

Help us teach love in 2021