Thanksgiving. Each year when I sit down with my family, we hold each other’s hands around the table and each person takes a moment to express what they are thankful for. It’s a wonderful tradition, and one I believe to be important, especially for the newer generations in the family.
The work we do every day here at the Center for Family Services is a powerful reminder that every part of the prior paragraph is yet another thing for which to be thankful. I am thankful that I have family. I am thankful that the family I have cares enough to sit down together. I am thankful that we have traditions. I am thankful that we can express ourselves. I am thankful for the new additions, whether they join us as infants or are introduced as a new significant other.
I recognize not everyone has all of those. For some among us, our true “family” is one we created through bonds of care and shared experience. Others may find themselves alone at this time. Regardless of circumstance, it is my hope you will join me in reflecting on all those things we take for granted in our lives, be they small or large, this Thanksgiving.
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Center for Family Services has been providing mental health services and education to children, adults and families since 1961. Our clients are some of the most vulnerable in the community due to their age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Donations are a crucial means to their mental well-being. On their behalf, thank you for your support.