Thank you for an incredible year – we couldn’t have done it without you. We are grateful to all of you who contributed to our success in 2012, including our Donors, Corporate and Community Grant Partners, Volunteers, and Friends. The year certainly closed with an outpouring of love and generosity from our supporter community (highlights are included in our “Holiday Highlights” article). With your support, we were able to help over 2,400 parents and children through the promotion of parental resilience, increased social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, children’s social and emotional development, and concrete support in times of need.
And 2013 looks to be brighter still for the Brighter Beginnings community as we start off the New Year with the grand opening celebration of our new RotaCare Richmond Free Medical Clinic, February 21st. I hope you’ll join us. We are also excited about the launch of several new programs: the PAPAS program, geared to serve 150 parents who are soon to be released on probation from West County Detention facility or are currently on parole at two residential drug treatment programs; the Dads in the Park Program aimed at helping to connect at-risk and low-income teen fathers and their children to the outdoors through structured program activities; and the Bright Start program, an exciting new way for women and their loved ones to receive complete prenatal care in a supportive group setting.
In addition, we are moving our services to the next level of family strengthening by “vocationalizing” our services. This means that we will be working to build the skills and expertise of Brighter Beginnings staff and expand our partnerships and referral sources, so that the families we serve have improved access to employment and career development opportunities. Vocationalizing our services is a next step in Brighter Beginnings evolution as an organization that is strength-based and focused on developing competencies that support our Strengthening Families and Life Course frameworks; both theory of change models that seek to increase the protective factors that lead to sustainable families and communities.
As we look ahead to this New Year, I’d like to reaffirm our commitment in 2013 to strengthen our collaboration with our local communities and supporters to further our mission toward healthy families by continuously meeting the evolving needs of our clients through the development of innovative programs designed to support their changing needs.
Because, as you know, “Every Family Matters.”
Barbara Bunn McCullough, Ph.D.