Bethany Lacey

2023 Message from Bethany Lacey, Executive Director

As we enter the fourth quarter of this year, I am filled with gratitude and excitement for all that we have achieved together  on our mission to support at-risk children and families. Throughout the year, our dedicated team has continued to work tirelessly to make a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most. From providing essential resources to at-risk families to creating safe spaces at home and at schools for children to learn and grow, we have made remarkable strides in our journey.

One thing that has become increasingly evident to me is that champions excel and finish strong in the fourth quarter of their endeavors.  It's during this time that individuals and teams dig deep, find their inner strength, and push themselves to achieve greatness. Our champions are the children who have overcome adversity; the parents who have persevered through tough timeand the volunteers and staff who have shown unwavering dedication.

 I am reminded of a quote by Vince Lombardi: "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." Our work may sometimes face setbacks, but it's our determination to rise, to continue, and to fight for a better future, that defines us as champions. Together, we are helping the children and families we serve to become champions, and in doing so, we are building a stronger, more resilient community.

As we move into the holiday season, let us remember that the spirit of giving and hope shines brightest in the fourth quarter. It is a time for reflection, gratitude, and renewed commitment to our mission. Together, we can make this quarter our most impactful one yet. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you, our supporters, partners, volunteers, and staff, for your continued dedication to our cause. Your belief in our mission is what propels us forward, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish together in the coming months.

Thank you for being champions for our children and families in need.